A laminate countertop creates a waterproof, durable work surface atop kitchen counters. It is not difficult to replace the existing kitchen countertop with a laminate surface. Laminate can be installed over existing laminate and plywood using a specific type of glue. This project will give the kitchen a new look at minimal expense.
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Step 1: Prepare the existing countertop by sanding it until the surface is flat and dull. Use the tack cloth to remove the sanding dust.
Step 2: Capture the dimensions of the different sections of countertop with the tape measure. Mark these on the new laminate, adding one-inch to each side for an overhang. Use the jigsaw to cut the pieces of laminate.
Step 3: The best glue to use when attaching laminate is contact cement. This product sticks only to itself. The solvent-based version sets quickly but is highly flammable, while the water-based type takes a while to dry and is not flammable. Use a paintbrush to brush this cement onto the countertop and the back of each piece of laminate. Wait for the cement to partially dry. Though the cement will not feel sticky, it will bond with another cemented surface.
Step 4: The overhang allows you to get an exact fit when installing the laminate. Place the dowel rods from front to back of the countertop along the entire length. Place the laminate pieces on the dowel rods. When they are correctly positioned, remove the rods so the laminate makes contact with the countertop. Roll the rods over the laminate surface, securing it to the countertop. Cut off overhanging laminate with the router.
Step 5: The contact cement bonds immediately but you can place weights on the laminate for the first few hours to eliminate air bubbles and ensure that it bonds completely.