05:35PM | 06/18/01
Member Since: 06/17/01
1 lifetime posts
We bought a house with a puce Formica kitchen countertop. Because of its odd shape, we can't Formica over it, and the cost to rip it out and replace is not worth it. The countertop has signs of wear and the color is unsightly, so my best option seems to be to find a way to get some permanent, FDA approved finish to change the color and remove some slight signs of wear. (My husband does not want to use regular paint/polyurethane since that's not supposed to work well in a kitchen environment).

Do you know of any method for doing this?

Jay J

05:58AM | 06/19/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi bobata,

Sometimes, and I say sometimes, I've seen success with just having a new laminate installed over the existing one. HOWEVER, there are a few 'things' that need to be considered BEFORE it should be attempted. This might be best assessed by a Pro. At the same time, you'll need some specialized tools to finish the job so it may be best left to a Pro.

The only problem with re-laminating an existing surface is that it may still not work. That's because there are considerations, sight unseen, that may cause a 'breakdown' in this option. So, in short, unless a Pro will guarantee this work AS IF IT WERE A NEW INSTALL, I wouldn't do it. (That should be a hint ...)

I, too, wouldn't recommend painting and/or polying a surface that's used to prepare food. I know it's done kinda all the time but there are better/cleaner/safer surfaces than this one for a few $$$ more.

So, where does that leave you??? Well, if I was you (which I'm not but if I were), I'd get some estimates for various countertops and start saving my $$$. If you can discipline yourself enough, you'll be pleased. Any 'short term' solution is going to be just that, and you may end up in the LONG TERM spending MORE $$$ than if you simply waited and saved. I had a pro make templates and mfgr. and install about 32' of formica countertops in my kitchen for $1700 about 1 year ago. By saving a couple of 100 $$$ for 8-9 months, you could re-do my kitchen! And I'd bet you have less than I have (but I'm not a gambler.)

So get some estimates and start saving! Find a contractor that does the work himself. (Don't hire a 3rd party Salesman who's just a middleman.) Also, find a Pro that can make templates while your countertops are STILL in place. If he/she insists they HAVE to be removed, and measured at the shop, I'd pass on them. (The Pro brought in scrap pieces of lauan, and laid them out as 'templates', and used them at the shop to make the new formica tops. 3 weeks later, I helped him install them (to save a few $$$), and the job was not disruptive at all.)

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

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