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Old 08-02-2013, 04:23 PM   #1
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Stainless steel formica trim mystery


We have stainless steel trim all the way around our 50+ year old Formica counter-tops - both along the outside edges and where the pieces meet. The pieces of trim are all (what looks like) either welded or soldered together. Not only are all the pieces (counter-top, back-splash, 2 side-splashes) enclosed by the trim, but they are all connected as well. It looks physically impossible to weld/solder them together and then put them on the counter-top and splashes. I talked to a local steel fabricator and they said they thought it would be impossible to weld or solder the pieces on without damaging the Formica. I've looked all over the internet and called a number of kitchen contractors in Chicago, and have found no answers. Any ideas?
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We have stainless steel trim all the way around our 50+ year old Formica counter-tops Any ideas?
nothing that hasn't already been discussed.

http://www.diychatroom.com/f80/remov...l-trim-184147/

http://retrorenovation.com/2011/02/0...n-countertops/
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I've been to the retrorenovation website, but they don't have any ideas regarding welding or soldering. The one person whose project they did describe just left the pieces disconnected. I'm taking the advice on the other post and am replacing the counter-top from scratch. The only part I'm still unsure of is what to do with the trim connections. If I can't find any info on how this was done "back in the day" I'm thinking maybe I can find some silver/gray epoxy to just fill any small spaces where the trim meets, but I'd really like to have them done right, even if it meant hiring someone to come in and do whatever welding, etc. it would require. I just don't want to take a chance of ruining the Formica, so I don't want to do anything like that unless I'm sure it's being done right. Unfortunately, just about anyone who did this kind of thing is either dead or very, very old, and more than likely not frequenting forums on the internet.
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