Laminated Surfaces


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Old 03-07-01, 07:35 AM
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I would like to refinish a chest that has a laminated top. Is there some kind of paid that will adhere to the top or can it be stripped? If so, what is the method?
 
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Old 03-07-01, 03:48 PM
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If by laminate you mean a Formica-like material commonly used on kitchen counter tops, it can be painted.

Sand thoroughly with 150 grit paper. Wipe clean with adamp cloth and allow to dry. Prime (2 coats) with either BIN or KILZ, sanding lightly after each coat to remove irregularities. Paint with the paint of your choice.
 
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Old 03-11-01, 12:40 PM
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I have a 30 year old kitchen table that has a laminate coating on the top. Is there any way to strip the top to reveal the natural wood ?
 
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Old 03-11-01, 04:46 PM
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Most laminate glue will yield - but very slowly. If you have an edge you can pry up, the process starts there. The solvent for contact cement (the most popular of adhesives used for this type of construction) is acetone. You need to keep dripping it into the edge, prying up as you go. It's a tedious process at best.

Be Aware that acetone is highly volatile and flammable. Which means simply it evaporates quickly and is easily ignited. Be careful - use in a well ventilated area.

Don't be surprised if you're disappointed in the wood you find underneath the laminate - it's usually inferior and used for structural rather than esthetic purposes. Translated that means it's built for strength, and not beauty...

 
 

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