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If the original formica is good, going right over the top of it is a good option to removing it, and eliminates a few problems. Namely, not having to remove all traces of the old adhesive to eliminate incompatability issues.
It's essentially a resin impregnated paper, so prepare it as you would for fiberglass build ups, scuff,sand, and clean then use your prefered adhesive. (epoxy resin works well, and gives you a longer work time, and you aviod having to have a perfect alignment before it touches)
To install with the correct adhesive, use large sheets of butcher (glossy coating on one side) or waxed paper to make a pattern, apply adhesive then use the paper as a seperator sheet and lay the formica on it and slide the paper out when it's in the proper position. If you use epoxy, wax and polish the areas you don't want the epoxy to stick to, then treat as any fiberglass job.
Of course edge banding that overlays the top surface has to come off.