Best Practices For Re-Laminating The Kitchen Benchtop

September 19, 2016

Every time the kitchen benchtop wears out or gets outdated, many people settle for the replacement option. Well, if for the last few years you had to rip out your kitchen benchtop and replace with another one, you will not have to go by that option anymore. By adding a new layer of laminate on top of the kitchen benchtop, you will resolve the issue. How do you go about adding another layer of laminate? Well, you are about to find out!

Handling particular cases

Essentially, you have to roughen up the old surface for starters. Sand paper is the best choice for this kind of activity. In some cases, you may find that the old laminate has sort of bubbled. Therefore, you need to pierce the bubbled area (with a series of holes) to perfectly squeeze contact adhesive via the holes into the gap. Give the glue twenty minutes to dry at the very least before flattening the glued area with a heavy weight material. Once you have flattened the area, allow it to bond. The same applies in cases where laminate on laminate benchtops might have lifted off in certain areas.

Starting to re-laminate kitchen benchtop

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Begin with applying the edges, as it is a crucial part of re-laminating process. If you have a feeling that it is possible to attach edging cut from laminate sheets, well, your guess is as good as right. Alternatively, you can go for ready-made (self-adhesive) edging strip. Across large hardware stores in your local area, you will find the edging strips though at a limited variety. When cutting the strip, ensure that it is slightly longer and wider than required. After cutting it, fix it in place to can file it down by smooth horizontal movements. Keep the movements in a single direction to lower the chances of chipping.

Placing new laminate

Place the new laminate on top of the old one. Using a pencil, mark the precise bench shape on its underside. Take the markings to the top side of your new laminate. It is vital to leave out a minimal excess of a few millimeters on the laminate’s sides when translating measurements. A ruler and a laminate cutter will come in handy at this point to help you score the lines accurately. To make the excess sheet snap at the score line, you need to add a little more weight on the ruler and lift it.

Down the center of the benchtop, draw a line that will match the one you will draw again on the center of the new laminate. On the surface of the bench top as well as the underside of the new laminate, spread the adhesive before putting a series of choice dowels across the benchtop. This is will make it possible to position the laminate accurately when you lay it across the fine dowels. Even up all the overlaps by lining up the center markings of the benchtop and laminate.

After twenty minutes of allowing the glue to dry, you need to slide out two center dowels while pressing the laminate onto the benchtop. The next step involves removing the dowels to either side of the center. Note that dowel removal should be one by one. Run a cork block across the entire surface and tap gently with a hammer to completely fix the new laminate on the desktop. There you go, it’s done!