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Re: Seeking interior laminate advice
The only way to make marred laminate look "like new" is to use new laminate.
That said, the project is more analogous to knee surgery than it is to brain surgery. Don Casey has a pretty good description of the process in a couple of his books, and you could probably find something just as good on-line for free...
The overall complexity of the project will depend on many factors (like whether or not there are fiddles on the counter top; number and size of openings like sinks, faucets, ice box, etc; integrating any curves to match hull shape; L-shaped counter or plain rectangle; and so on.)
Removing the old laminate is not always necessary. You can prep the old laminate for the new skin with a sander.