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Atlantis 08-02-2012 09:59 PM

Tile over laminate backsplash?
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I am replacing my countertop but the backsplash is also the same material of laminate countertop glued onto the wall. It is 1 inch thick. I debated taking it out but the electrical socket box extends as far out as the 1 inch laminate and I cannot push it in further.

The laminate backsplash is very smooth. Will a "latex modified grout" hold up glass tile if I try to put it over the laminate?

hand drive 08-02-2012 10:10 PM

did you test to see if the electricity is to the plug?

Atlantis 08-02-2012 10:17 PM

Yes, the outlets work. I looks like the "countertop backsplash" and the electric sockets were put in at the same time.

hand drive 08-02-2012 10:49 PM

at 1" thick you couldn't ask for a stronger wall to put the tile on, but I'm not sure about the surface of the laminate being adhere-able without some type of modification.

Atlantis 08-02-2012 10:55 PM

The laminate backsplash is very strong and sturdy. It would definitely support the tile. However, I've tried sanding it with 60grit sandpaper to make it more course but it is not even affected. I wonder if the thinset will stick to it.

CoconutPete 08-03-2012 08:06 AM

Just shut off the breaker, pull the outlet, rip the crap down and reinstall a new box if you are worried about it. I have no idea if tile would stick to laminate .... my sixth sense tells me no, but what the hell do I know. Moving the box should be easy though. TURN OFF the breaker first.

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