05:27AM | 05/07/05
Member Since: 05/06/05
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I have a kitchen table with a wooden top that is stained wood around the routed edge, but has a laminate on the tabletop surface. It has become scratched, worn and unsightly. Is there a way to remove the laminate and just refinish the underlying wood?


11:07AM | 05/10/05
Member Since: 09/17/02
524 lifetime posts
Heat should soften the glue and allow the laminate to be removed.

Don't surprised to find the good wood only around the edge. If you do you could apply another laminate to the top.


06:22PM | 05/12/05
Member Since: 04/10/03
116 lifetime posts
try some laquer thinner in a spray bottle. Pry up a corner of laminate and start squirting laquer thinner between sufaces. Usually loosens it right up.


06:57PM | 01/24/14
I've recently scored 2 child size school desks and 2 chairs. I would like to restore them to their original glory. The desks and chairs are all wood and in doing some research they are from the 1940's. There's a Hammett stamp underneath the chairs so I'm kind of excited I have a piece of history close to home :). Unfortunately somebody put thick wood looking laminate tops on both desks. One of the desk had the laminate coming up a little so I pulled and discovered the beautiful wood underneath. I spent about 2 hours with a hammer and chisel trying to carefully chip it off. The chemical smell that comes off of it is just aweful. I only got about 1/2 way through I borrowed my father-in-laws osolating tool. So I'm going to attempt to get the rest of it off I want to do it outside though with a mask. God only knows what's in that adhesive. My question for you is..... Is there an easier more effective way to get it off for the second desk? Also what kind of finish would you recommend to restore it to look original??
Thank you for any advise you have to give.....
Kate Tieuli
Milford, MA

David, Moderator

08:03AM | 01/25/14
Member Since: 11/15/13
262 lifetime posts
Sounds like you have quite a project going on.Laminate is usually attached using contact cement which is applied to both surfaces.After the glue dries, the pieces are stuck together and bond instantly.
1st thing to do is purchase a scraper. Its about 3" wide and has a angled handle which will give you better leverage.
You have 2 options.
1) Laquer thinner. Pry your scraper underneath the laminate to get an opening. Apply the laquer thinner using a squirt bottle and let it soak for a few minutes. Wiggle your scraper side to side to separate the glue. While you are doing this use your other hand to pull the laminate away from the wood surface while continuously applying laquer thinner.
2)heat gun works also. Heat up an area and use the scraper same as above.
If you use the laquer, do in a well ventilated area since it is flammable. (outside if possible. This will be messy also, so cover area with plastic)
Scrape off as much glue as possible.Once the surface is dry you can begin a sanding process to remove the remaining glue and prep the surface for finishing.
Start with 60 grit paper ( which will cut through the remaining glue)and then work your way up. 60, 100, 120,and so forth.
Hope this helps you out
Good luck

David, Moderator

08:06AM | 01/25/14
Member Since: 11/15/13
262 lifetime posts
You could use a polyurethane to finish it off. It appears to be a natural finish (unstained).
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