If there is a laminate already on the counter, but you want to change it, then you can easily lay the vinyl sheet right over the top. Transfer the dimensions to your laminate sheets, adding an inch all around to each section. Routing the Edges Credit: Tomwsulcer via Wikimedia CommonsYou can trim off small amount of extra laminate at the edges with a file but it will go a lot faster if you have a routing or a laminate trimmer I mentioned earlier. Add 1 sink and faucet cutout. Use a rolling pin to press bubbles out of the adhesive.
Roll the entire surface again with the J-roller to ensure the contact cement is bonding. Applying Contact Cement to Laminate There are two types of contact cement: water based or solvent based. Your new top will need to clear any outlets and window trim. There's a sequence to the way you laminate any counter in order to hide visible edges. You can install laminate over most existing surfaces as long as they are solid, clean and free of any gloss or shine that will prevent proper adhesion of the laminate. The price depends on factors such as manufacturer, color and style.
Let the contact cement become tacky. Break into haul able pieces. Installation is not included in this price. Any countertop can break if transported incorrectly, so leave it up to the professionals. Keep the bit free of adhesive by occasionally unplugging the router and soaking the bit in water. Sections typically come in different sizes such as 4-foot and 8-foot lengths, and corner pieces, with backsplashes attached. Summary This project is not difficult but it may take you a couple of days to get it finished.
Pasting the laminate to the particleboard is the trickiest part of building a counter. Go over the entire surface with the J-roller again. Recheck the fit, making any additional adjustments. At this point you should consider what type of edge you will be applying. In any event, you will have to remove it either way.
To create this article, volunteer authors worked to edit and improve it over time. Pull out the next dowel rod and press the laminate onto the countertop. Press the laminate into the adhesive with a J-roller. Use shorter strips on the other piece to accept the extensions. Repeat the process for the other piece of laminate that will be joining. Press strips firmly into the contact cement with the J-roller. Allow the cement to become tacky.
In this diy project, you will be dealing with contact cement which is very strong so you do not want to breathe it in or work with it near an open flame. Hold them on the cabinets, drill pilot holes and attach the strips with nails or short wood screws about every 2 feet, staying 2 inches from the ends. Actual costs will depend on job size, conditions, size options. When adhering laminate to laminate, solvent based cements provide a better bond. As you remove one, press the laminate down as you go.
You can also make your own with 1-by-2 pieces of lumber. If not, you can attach build-up strips underneath the countertop. File any rough edges until smooth so you won't cut your hand or get splinters installing the range top or sink. Dark wood or stone designs are pretty to look at, but if the lighting in the area you will use them in is not sufficient, a lighter or brighter color may be more suitable. And whatever pattern and color you choose for your kitchen countertop bathroom vanity laundry room or garage worktop the beauty and easy maintenance will be yours at a price you can celebrate.
They are very pliable and easy to work with. Press the strips on with a laminate roller. These strips are to help you set the laminate in place without the two adhesive-coated surfaces touching. Working out from the center, continue removing scraps and pressing the sheet into place, until the whole sheet is adhered. Roll Vinyl Sheet Flat A rubber roller is very useful when applying any sort of vinyl sheet or laminate. Besides the vinyl sheet you will need a utility knife, straight edge and tape measure.
At risk for damage from hot pots or pans. How could this page be more helpful? Matching laminate edges is very difficult, which is also why you should plan for as few seams as possible; if they are necessary as with an L-shaped surface, like the one shown here , your best bet is to laminate two pieces separately, then join them. Coat the back of the laminate sheet with contact cement as well. Space the rods 12 inches apart. Plastic laminate is an inexpensive, durable counter top surface that comes in many styles and colors.