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Old 06-13-2015, 12:17 PM   #1
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Formica touch-up?


For my first time using Formica, I built a small cabinet. The application seemed to go just fine, but after I finished trim-routing the last edge I noticed a couple of spots where it appears that the Formica has been rubbed through -- like perhaps the roller on the bit stuck(?) Is there some way to touch-up the damaged areas?
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You can get some touch up stuff from formica in a tube to match.It's a pain to use and may not look perfect depending on any pattern in your laminate but it is available.
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... touch up stuff from formica ...
Thanks, I'll look for that.

Any tips on how to prevent this from happening? I've got some more sizable projects coming up.
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Do you have a bearing on your bit, if so clean the bearing with lacquer thinner. If your bit doesn't have a bearing, use some type of oil or Vaseline on the HPL the bit rides on, don't cut in long cuts or the bit will get hot and remove the surface of the HPL.

I would suggest getting a good bit that has a good bearing on it, and keep it clean, that is the best way to insure no damage while trimming.

I personally have never had any luck repairing HPL that has been skinned like that, I always had to replace it or just live with it. The filler doesn't stay long as a cover up.
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...I would suggest getting a good bit that has a good bearing on it, and keep it clean... replace it or just live with it...
The bit has a bearing, seems to be free-rolling; however, I tried applying masking tape to protect the surface and the tape showed some damage, like the roller was sticking? Maybe I should check it periodically during cuts(?)

The piece with damage is just a small cabinet top (~20"x36"). I'll try the repair, but sure I'll eventually replace it.

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Thanks, I'll look for that.

Any tips on how to prevent this from happening? I've got some more sizable projects coming up.
It sounds like you possibly rocked the router base. A feather light touch usually prevents this.
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Turn the bearing with you fingers, (unplug the router first) if it feels rough at all while turning, replace the bearing. Like SS said, there is a chance the cutter got just a hair too close to the HPL, if not, the bearing is freezing up when hot or an excessive amount of glue is locking it down.

If the bearing is damaging the tape then there is something wrong for sure.
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It sounds like you possibly rocked the router base. A feather light touch usually prevents this.

That's probably a factor... I've been told I have "the touch of an ape". <g>
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