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MajorMedicalBoy 11-14-2011 05:09 PM

Bonding formica to old formica
Does anyone here know if it is possible to bond Formica to formica. I do not want to rebuild the top for a table and would prefer to just go right over the old. I have contact cement and also some polyurethane glue laying around.

oh'mike 11-14-2011 06:02 PM

If there is a way I would like to know it,too.

I was always taught that that was not an option----but I'm old and don't know as much as I used to.:laughing:

user1007 11-14-2011 06:07 PM

I've seen products advertised and I suppose with the right contact cement and lots of pressure it could work, for a while. I am not a believer in the concept.

What does the other side of the table look like? Can you take the top off, flip it, laminate the other side and paint the edges with melamine or another paint for plastics?

For that matter, what is the table used for? If it is not all carved up would a couple coats of melamine paint work? Rough up the surface a bit and have at it.

Bud Cline 11-14-2011 06:21 PM

Go for it!
Coarse-sand the old laminate and apply contact adhesive to both the old and the new and do it. It'll work.:)

packer_rich 11-14-2011 08:06 PM

I actually do a lot of this at work. Sand with 80 grit, clean well, contact cement on both pieces{ no water based stuff} let it dry according to directions and stick it! Roll or otherwise smooth it over and your done

rossfingal 11-15-2011 04:04 AM

Just to add to what "packer rich" said -
Note: "no water based stuff"!!!
The non-water based cement is very flammable.
No Smoking!


Maintenance 6 11-15-2011 06:17 AM

I've done it. Make sure your original laminate is well bonded. Like said above, stay away from water based adhesive. I always use a roller too. Especially around the edges.

Just Bill 11-15-2011 06:17 AM

Same methods, but slightly different order:........CLEAN the old top with paint thinner, then lacquer thinner then alcohol(ventilate well!!!), that will remove nearly everything found in a kitchen, then rough the surface, vacuum all dust and clean again with alcohol. Then contatct cement.

ddawg16 11-15-2011 09:20 AM

^^^^All the above....

One last works as long as your existing laminate it properly attached. If part of it is trying to come up...the top layer will have the same problem.

Pay special attention to the sides......

And look into getting a laminate edging bit for your router to give you a clean edge.

BigJim 11-15-2011 10:06 AM

Post deleted, old timers ya know.

Bud Cline 11-15-2011 11:38 AM


jiju1943: "Post deleted, old timers ya know."
Lost your nerve, huh Jim?:):laughing:

BigJim 11-15-2011 06:48 PM


Originally Posted by Bud Cline (Post 771704)
Lost your nerve, huh Jim?:):laughing:

Naw, I forgot he was talking about a table instead of a counter top, and for me that is really easy.:yes:

Thurman 11-15-2011 07:11 PM

Three important words I learned from an older cabinet-maker friend of mine: Scuff, scuff, scuff. The 80 grit sounds good, scuff it up, clean it well, apply the glue properly, allow to "tack-dry" and apply the new laminate. Roll, roll, and roll some more. I've seen him do many older counter-tops and leave them looking like brand new.

Sammy 2 11-15-2011 10:00 PM

This method even works in Canada !! :thumbup::thumbup:

MajorMedicalBoy 11-18-2011 11:51 PM

We have a winner
Thanks everybody. The reply that was a help was the idea to turn the surface over to bond a new piece to the bottom. Worked like a charm.

I installed the top first and I think this is a mistake right? Better to do edge first? I ended up cutting into the top a bit trying to flush trim it with the router because I could not find my files. I switched to a 45 chamfering bit and it worked better but it seems to me that it is better to have the top cover the edge.

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