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    Formica on top of Formica

    Ughhh - don't even ask.

    I will remodel the kitchen "some day" but not this day.

    For now - I am going to just paint the ugly cabinets.

    NOW - I have an ORANGE formica counter top

    We hate it - and will some day replace it - buy I just cannot replace it now.

    I am thinking of just putting a new formica on top of the old ugly orange formica top.

    Do you think the contact cement will adhere to the old formica?

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    .,.,.,
    Last edited by John Bartley; 01-15-2011 at 08:52 PM.

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    I've heard of it being done - ain't never done it myself ... like John said, if it's free of grease and roughed up good, it shouldn't have any problem stickin'
    Jason Beam
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    Well I think I am gonna give it a try.

    I looked at some formica tonight - shoot anything is better than the orange.

    I will let ya know - it's probably gonna be in a month or so.

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    Moving at the speed of Leo :P :P :P :P

    *poke*
    Jason Beam
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    Yeah - you know me all to well.

    I still have a Kayak on the list.

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    S'ok - i still haven't touched those metal lathe tools ya sent me ... Soon, tho. The shead's nearly complete!
    Jason Beam
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    If it's the kind with the rolled edge on the front you might have a problem with the bend. If the front edge is square I agree with everyone else, clean, ruff, glue.

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    John - it is NOT the curved kind.

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    Leo,
    I always try to go to the horses mouth so to speak - below are the suggestions from two manufacturers. When I did our counter, it was suggested that I first put down 1/4" MDF glued and screwed. Then having a "new" surface, apply the new laminate as usual. The big reason I was told to go the extra step was to prevent delamination if hot items are placed on the counter. I got this from two different counter guys. Most say it's overkill, but it's worked fine for 15 years of abuse.
    Good Luck!!
    Wes

    Wilsonart:
    I want to laminate over melamine or existing laminate can I do this?

    We do not recommend bonding to existing laminate or melamine covered surfaces (in fact, our warranty does not cover these applications) because they are non-porous and often prove troublesome. If you decide to try anyway, follow these five guidelines:

    1. Sand the entire existing laminate surface with coarse grit sandpaper and then clean the dust off. This creates scratches for the adhesive to grip into.
    2. Allow the substrates and the glue to warm up to room temperature before use and perform all bonding at room temperature.
    3. Ensure 100% of the area to be bonded is covered with an adequate amount of adhesive (see product label for specific coverage amounts); be especially diligent about coverage around the perimeter.
    4. Do not try mating the substrates together too soon. The substrates will be ready to bond when the film of glue on each substrate feels tacky when you firmly press your fingertip onto it. The glue is NOT ready to bond and must dry longer if the glue is still wet or if any glue actually sticks to your fingertip and creates a rubbery “leg” as you pull your finger away.
    5. After mating the substrates together, use a hand-held J-roller with as much manual pressure as you can bring to bear over the entire surface. Multiple passes are recommended.

    Formica:
    http://www.formica.com/publish/site/...urf%20Tech.pdf

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