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Old 04-21-2014, 09:55 AM   #1
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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?

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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.

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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?
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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.
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I think this should be fine.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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True, lol. Old glued tiles were the easiest to demo since they just popped off glossy underlayment.
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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.
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