Glass countertop damage


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Old 02-27-14, 08:24 AM
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Glass countertop damage

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I bought a condo last year, and the vanity in my bathroom has a glass countertop. Recently, the white lining under the glass has begun to flake off. I'd like to fix it myself, but my problem is that I don't even know what it is/what it's called. Is it sort of like contact paper? Is it an acrylic paint? I have no idea!

Does anybody know what this is?
 
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Old 02-27-14, 08:04 PM
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I don't think it's paint. Can you lift the glass & try to grab a piece of it?
 
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Old 02-28-14, 04:14 AM
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Looks like Formica to me.
To fix it your first going to have to find matching material then going to have to remove the old and install new.
If you can not find a match just remove all of it on the sides and install a different style.
A heat gun should loosen the glue enough to remove it.
 
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Old 02-28-14, 04:56 AM
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I assume getting to the whole under side of the glass is difficult if not impossible without disassembling everything and probably doing more damage. I would use a box cutter knife and make a straight cut in the white material all the way across the front so you can remove the white in a even strip. It would look like a clear decorative strip intended to be that way.

To cut the straight line one option would be to clamp a metal straight edge to the bottom of the overhanging glass. Another option is to get a block of wood as thick as how far you want your cut to be. Use a "C" clamp to clamp a box cutter blade on one end so it's sharp tip protrudes slightly to make the cut. On the other end clamp another piece of wood or anything that will stick up beyond the block to ride on the edge of the glass. This will hold the blade a constant distance from the edge so you can get a straight cut.
 
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Old 02-28-14, 01:13 PM
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Thanks, guys! Really appreciate it.

Pilot Dane is right in assuming that I can't lift the glass without disassembling the whole vanity. But the idea of removing it in a strip to make it look intentional is a really solid idea.

Thanks again!
 
 

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