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MrsEmPeel 04-21-2014 10:55 AM

Tile over laminate countertop
 
I've read that you can put tile over laminate if you sand it with a 60 grit sand paper to rough the surface up. I'm putting 4x4 bright snow white tiles on the counter top (mainly to match a pre-existing white tiled wall).

So, I've sanded the counter-top with my orbital sander, but I'm not so sure that it is roughed up enough... how do you tell what is rough enough? The gloss is gone, but it doesn't feel that rough to the touch, to me anyway.

Anyone have any recommendations? I can't pull and replace the counters, and there are 3 corner cabinet garages that inhibit putting any kind of backboard down.

Suggestions? Will this work? Anyone experience with tile over laminate?

Thanks for any thoughts and advice!

MTN REMODEL LLC 04-21-2014 11:33 AM

Yep..... I've done it once before.... I use a belt sander.... and all gloss is gone and it feels roughened.

Use a good quality modified (latex) thinset.

(I never encountered any problem, my laminate was a solid substructure.)

Maybe Jazz will advise further.

MrsEmPeel 04-21-2014 11:43 AM

What do you suggest as a "good modified latex thin-set"? I have SimpeSet Pre-Mixed Thin-Set Mortar, but can easily return. W ould this work, or not?

MTN REMODEL LLC 04-21-2014 05:06 PM

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Originally Posted by MrsEmPeel (Post 1339948)
What do you suggest as a "good modified latex thin-set"? I have SimpeSet Pre-Mixed Thin-Set Mortar, but can easily return. W ould this work, or not?

I'm really not familiar with Simset or any Pre-mixed product.... does it say polimer modified.

I generally use Custom (company brand name) VersaBond or Multi-Set.

But any BigBox or Tile Store will be able to direct you to their latex or polimer modified thin set..... everybody makes it.

europaving 07-09-2014 11:36 AM

I think this should be fine.

Bud Cline 07-09-2014 12:41 PM

DO NOT USE PRE-MIXED MORTAR on a laminate counter top, it won't stick for very long. Buy MODIFIED THINSET in a bag and mix it yourself.

carpdad 07-15-2014 08:10 AM

It can be done, but I would actually score the top with carbide tip laminate cutter, or at least hand sand with 30 or lower. Orbital with #60 is still too glossy, I think.
For countertop, I would use tile glue instead of thinset. Glue has better stick-tuitiveness :) to plastics than thinsets.

Bud Cline 07-15-2014 10:39 AM

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Originally Posted by carpdad (Post 1376052)
It can be done, but I would actually score the top with carbide tip laminate cutter, or at least hand sand with 30 or lower. Orbital with #60 is still too glossy, I think.
For countertop, I would use tile glue instead of thinset. Glue has better stick-tuitiveness :) to plastics than thinsets.

:laughing:Amazes me every time it happens.:yes:

carpdad 07-15-2014 04:24 PM

True, lol. Old glued tiles were the easiest to demo since they just popped off glossy underlayment.

cleveman 07-15-2014 09:34 PM

I haven't done a lot of research, but I can't think of anything which the thinset doesn't stick to very well. It will stick to all my tools, plastic buckets, shoes, clothes, skin.

mako1 07-15-2014 10:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Bud Cline (Post 1376102)
:laughing:Amazes me every time it happens.:yes:

Me too! I'd type more but I'm on the way to get me some tile glue.


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