Texturing plastic laminate backsplash


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Old 04-21-09, 08:47 AM
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Texturing plastic laminate backsplash

I have the laminate (formica) backsplash that runs behind all of my upper cabinets. Trying to find an easier solution to my wife's desire to have just drywall and paint behind the new countertops. To avoid taking down the uppers and possibly drywalling if the adhesive would damage the drywall when taking it off, my thought was to prime the laminate and then mud the seams and end to match into the wall and then texture it and paint it. Has anyone tried this or do you think it would work?
 
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Old 04-21-09, 12:52 PM
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I'd be leary of it - it's hard to get paint/primer to adhere well to formica. When you add joint compound, you are putting more stress on the primer's bond.

Have you considered adding 1/4" drywall over it? or does it meet an open wall at the end of the cabinets?
 
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Old 04-21-09, 01:39 PM
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unfortunatly it meets an open wall at the end, so the 1/4" drywall wouldn't work in my case. I also thought about applying tile directly to the laminate as an option, but my fear there is that the laminate isn't secured well enough to support the extra weight of the tiles. I would tear it off but my fear is that I would be not only taking down the uppers to remove it but possibly the lowers to put up new drywall if the adhesive tears the drywall. But if that is my only option for a good final product I guess this project just got a lot bigger
 
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Old 04-22-09, 03:56 AM
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Was the laminate installed prior to the cabinets? if so, use an utility knife and repeatedly score it at the top and bottom.

The drywall can be repaired. If it pulls the paper face off of the drywall, coat it with an oil base primer and then apply joint compound as needed. After sanding it should be ready for primer and paint.
 
 

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