How To Install Laminate Countertops How To Install Laminate Countertops

What You'll Need
Saber saw/ Backsaw / Circular saw / Utility knife
Roller or mallet
Measuring tape
Sandpaper and belt sander
Masking tape
Large clamps
Wrapping paper

Laminate countertops are basically strips of wood bound together and covered with a moisture-proof seal. You have a wide array of colors and patterns to choose from at varying prices.

The installation of laminate countertops won't require a professional for the average DIYer. With some good guidelines to follow you can give your kitchen that much needed facelift.

Step 1 – Remove the Old Laminate Countertop

The first thing to do is stripping off the old laminate countertop. Your screwdriver will come in handy to penetrate between the laminate and counter surface, giving you leverage to lift it off.

Step 2 – Prepare the Surface Area for Glue Application

All the previous varnishes and adhesives need to be thoroughly removed so that the new glue can work effectively. To do this, sand the counter surface using coarse sandpaper and the belt sander, then wipe the surface clean.

Step 3 – Apply Back Laminating

Back laminating will make your counter surface more moisture resistant.

Step 4 – Measure the Surface Area Dimensions

You will need to know the sizes and shapes of laminate to cut. With the measuring tape, get the dimensions of your surface area and note them down.

Step 5 – Get the Laminate Sheets Ready

Mark the dimensions on the laminate sheets and cut them out using either a utility knife or one of the saw types that are listed above. Cut out the shapes on the design side of the sheets. Cutting laminate countertops is best done with the cutting blade slanted at a low angle. Allow yourself some room for error by extending the dimensions a few centimeters. The excesses will be trimmed off after installation is done.

Step 6 – Apply the Glue Onto the Surface Area

With the help of a paintbrush apply an even coat of glue on the surface area.

Step 7 – Apply Glue Onto the Cutout Laminate Countertop Sheets

The same technique used above should be repeated for the cutout sheets.

Step 8 - Lay the Sheets On the Surface Area

You need to be especially careful at this stage since the bonding strength is also largely dependent on how the initial contact is made; accuracy is of the essence. Spread wrapping paper on the surface area and then place the laminate sheets over it. If you're sure its on correctly, pull off the wrapping paper allowing for contact.

Step 9 – Remove Any Air Pockets

Remove any air spaces by going over the new laminate countertop with a roller. If you don’t have one, you can use a wooden mallet instead. Work starting from the center toward the edges.

Step 10 – Have the Edges Covered with Laminate Sheeting

Measure the dimensions of your surface area’s edges then cut out appropriately sized strips of laminate. Glue and attach them in the same manner as you have done for the main surface.

Step 11 – Allow for Drying

Give the new laminate countertop time to dry and then proceed to carefully cut off the excess sheeting. In case the excess is minimal a regular file can be used instead of a blade.

Step 12 – Clean Off the Excess Glue

Use a solvent to wipe off excess glue until you are satisfied that the job is presentable.

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