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Old 08-24-2015, 10:49 PM   #1
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Re-Surfacing: Peel up Lminate / Veneer or Glue on New


So we've got this old cabinet / shelving unit that has what to us is a hideous top and sides. It's some kind of laminate over what appears to be a cheap hardwood of some sort.

I'm thinking we can re-purpose it, but I' not sure if I should try to peel the existing stuff off or just re-install something over the top of it. The current surface is in good shape and I'm leaning towards putting something on top since it's already smooth. If I chip it off, I'm all but guaranteed to end up with some uneven spots that may be challenging to level out.

Anyone done this before?

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Not that anyone's replied - so maybe no one cares - but just in case anyone faces similar...

I ended up lightly sanding this. Then gave it two coats of Zinser 2 primer, then two coats of beige latex followed by some polyacrylic. Looks great.

Also added some bypass tracks for the front and cut some doors out of 1/4 MDF. Will take an 'after' pic when I get a chance.
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I've had success with RustOleum's Counter top paint.
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Acetone and craft syringe will dissolve the formica glue. No trouble at all. Then you can veneer with formica or wood veneer. Paint is not a durable countertop finish.
Properly roughed up formica will take new glued sheets but the edge beveling may not work. I never had to bevel 2 ply edge.
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