Re-Laminating Existing Countertops
From contributor M:
The advice of Contributor S is dead on. The surface prep is very critical. Also be sure you are using the correct adhesive, (talk to your distributor). The problem I anticipate you running into is seaming and trimming laminate. For example, is the backsplash a 3/4" thick piece with laminate on the face and exposed edges?
That 3/4" edge is going to be extremely difficult to trim and file once the new laminate is applied. It can be done but will be tough. Also I am sure as you probably know the wall is not flat or straight. So your laminate is not going to butt clean into the backsplash unless scribed. Also, the existing counter might look fine, but you have no control over the quality of the existing conditions whether visible or hidden. It might be worth your time and in the long run money to tear out the countertop and start from scratch.
From contributor B:
I agree with Contributor S as well - if prepped right it'll do fine. I won't do it simply because it's better to replace the whole top. The substrate cost so little, and removing old tops (even if like here they are nailed down) doesn't take long. Plus the prep time and the heavy clean-up that you should charge will cost the customer no more money than a couple of sheets of PB, if as much.
From contributor D:
This is no problem. Remove the splashes and make new ones. They aren't worth saving and they cause problems. Beltsand the existing tops with 50 grit or coarser paper to give the contact adhesive something to grab on to. Laminate the tops and install the new splashes.
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