On 11/25/2010 9:02 PM, Pat Horne wrote:
> Formica is usually put down with contact cement. Contact cement can be
> released with lacquer thinner. If there is a loose spot around the
> edge, squirt some lacquer thinner under it and let it sit for a few
> minutes, then carefully work a putty knife under and see if it is
> releasing at all. If so, continue applying lacquer thinner and lifting
> the Formica until it all comes loose.
Saw the guys on "Ask This Old House" use a clothes iron to release and
reapply laminate. The heat from the iron softens the cement and makes
it tacky. Pretty neat. They fixed a damaged edge piece by scavenging a
piece hidden by an appliance. They scored both the damaged piece and
the replacement path with a square and razor knife. Heated them with
the iron, snapping both off. Then used the iron reapply the patch.
With patience you could remove all the laminate.
> Thusly spake Brian Kennedy, On 11/25/2010 11:51 AM:
>> We have a cottage with an old formica counter top we'd like to
>> replace. We'd
>> like to replace it, but we can't find any brackets. It looks like
>> it's the top
>> has been glued to the cabinet tops? Any ideas on how to replace? Can
>> we just
>> cover the old formica? It's still pretty solid after probably over 30
>> Brian K.
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