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What options are out there for rejuvinating old dingy formica counter tops that don't require completely ripping out and replacing the existing tops?

Does anyplace sell formica sheets that can be cut to fit and just glued directly over the old formica?

I'm not interested in ceramic tile.
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My local Lowes carries formica sheets. I would suggest removing the countertops from the boat before trying to install new formica. Most countertops are easier to remove than they appear. I would also suggest removing the old formica from the wood before trying to install new formica. You should be able to loosen the glue with a heat gun.

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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.



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Penetrol might brighten the old stuff. When you make your pattern, make it larger than the counter top as it may be hard to exactly align the Formica and most adhesives are unforgiving and stick on contact. Then use a router with a trim tool to cut off the excess. Home Depot and Lowes giveclasseson installation. Check your local stores for schedule.
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I used Flitz metal polish to clean my Formica. There were some bad stains that came out using this method.
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I'd try cleaning up the existing stuff before trying to lay down new laminate. You could try Flitz as Admtrox says, and Mr. Clean Magic Eraser sponges work pretty well too..
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