The 5-Step Rule In Re-laminating The Kitchen Benchtop

September 5, 2016

A kitchen renovation involves a lot of planning and skilful undertaking in order to make it a success. It is a process that begins when you realize that parts of your kitchen have deteriorated or worn out due to external factors. Your kitchen benchtops, for example, may become chipped or stained over time hence resulting in an ugly and unattractive appearance. One option may be to remove the whole of it and replace it with a new one altogether; but this may be too expensive and time consuming. Therefore, consider replacing the laminate only in order to restore the original glowing appearance. Re-lamination can be done in five easy steps:

Planning

Make sure you get the right person to guide you through the whole process. They should have done the same procedure many times before so as to guarantee that you will get the desired results. Consider the costs involved and plan accordingly for them. These include the costs of purchasing or hiring new equipment, and that of buying the new laminate as a replacement for the old one. Also, take into account the labour costs involved and make room for any miscellaneous expenses to avoid getting into debt.

Removal

Countertop removing

After you have everything you need, start by preparing the surface for the new laminate. You need skill to detach the old laminate from the rest of the structure in a way that will not damage the surrounding parts. Use acetone to break down the contact cement that acts as an adhesive between the laminate and the underlying surface. Apply it in the visible cracks or at the corners, and start ripping away the old laminate once the adhesive becomes soft. Add some more acetone or use a knife to make your work easier.

Preparation

When done, scrape off the glue from the now-exposed underlying surface and use a sandpaper to make it flat and even. Take the relevant measurements and cut out the new laminate based on them. Ensure that they fit properly by placing them over the surface, and make adjustments as and when necessary. In some instances, you can buy ready custom-made pieces from the supplier to fit the required size and shape.

Application

The application process requires precision and right timing for it to be effective. Apply the contact cement on the new laminate pieces one at a time using a custom brush, and do the same on the surface of the structure. Use dowels to place the new laminate on top of the surface without initiating contact, just so that you are sure they fit as desired. Remember, the glue bonds immediately the two surfaces touch, so you want to be sure that you are doing the right thing. Slide out the dowels after the glue dries so that the new laminate lies directly over the surface, and press on them for proper placement.

Final touches

Use a router with a cutter to trim off the hanging edges and a sandpaper to smoothen the cut areas. Put some final touches by filing and sanding the new laminate for an even and more refined appearance.