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Old 09-27-2008, 11:14 PM   #1
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Hi, i am starting to remodel a pop up trailer i recently bought. I have some cabinets that are made out of composite wood with a top finish. I was wondering what that thin top finish is called? I know they make it to look like real wood, sometimes even as far as marble.

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Laminate or veneer?

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It may be laminate, any idea on how to apply it onto a cabinet with laminate already applied? I'm thinking of peeling it, but it may be too old and take off chunks of the composite wood. The trailer is a 1980 just to give you guys an idea on what i'm dealing with.
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It may be laminate, any idea on how to apply it onto a cabinet with laminate already applied? I'm thinking of peeling it, but it may be too old and take off chunks of the composite wood. The trailer is a 1980 just to give you guys an idea on what i'm dealing with.
I think I'd leave it on. You probably should remove any glossiness with some fine sandpaper and use the appropriate adhesive for laminates. They make rollers to smooth out the air pockets but if you're careful you can use your hands. I believe the edges are gone over with a router to give them a finished edge.

Hopefully the professionals here will speak up.
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The stuff is called laminate. Formica is a brand name that is commonly used to describe it.

You can usually install it over existing laminate, provided you clean the surface and scuff it up with some fine sandpaper.

You have to have a router and a flush-trim bearing bit to trim the overhang at the edges once you've installed it. It is also easiest to cut with a router.

Formica is installed with contact cement. It is applied with a roller or brush to the substrate as well as the Formica. You let the cement dry until it is barely tacky (20-40 minutes), then slap the new piece over the old. I suggest using wood dowel rods laid flat on the old counter to allow you to position the laminate, because once it touches, you'll never move it again. Starting at one edge or in the middle (working out to avoid high spots), remove the dowels one at a time and press the laminate down. A cheap j-roller or a rolling pin from the wife's kitchen is a must.

Once it is glued down, use the router to trim it. Where the router can't go you'll have to use a utility knife and a file very carefully.
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Thank you for your information, i appreciate your time.

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