We have a rather large job starting soon with some new cabinets and some that will get new doors and replacement of PVC on the box. Most countertops will be replaced, but some will be relaminated. Does anyone have tricks for replacing the PVC? This location has a history of complaining about odor, and although the work will be done at night, I am still concerned about the lingering odor of the contact cement and cleaners.
From contributor M:
Most glue smell evaporates pretty quickly. Use lacquer thinner or something similar for cleaning - it dries very fast and the smell goes away fast. As for PVC edge tape (I hope that's what you are referring to), use a heat gun to remove it. I like to use this double sided tape made by FASTCAP. I think it's called FASTEDGE? It's about 1" wide and you just apply it on the edge, remove the protecting tape, and then apply the new PVC. No glue!
1) Pre-rip your laminate to width in the shop, unless you have a tried-and-true system for doing this on site.
2) Spray contact cement on the back of your PVC in at least 8' strips by sticking a number of pieces edge to edge backside up on a board. I use contact cement which stays tacky for days, so I can even do this in the shop before going to the job.
3) Use a large guillotine paper shear to end cut your plastic (I use a 36" one). You get perfect cuts without chipping.