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Re: Galley countertop refinishing
I've done a LOT of this mica work, professionally and for my own houses. The slate texture as Mark described is what I have in my house. I've had both white and dark. They are my favorite patterns. It is easy to keep clean, does not show minor scratches, and lasts forever.
I would definitely not try to take the nosing off. It is likely brittle and very likely to be destroyed in the process. If you can rent/buy/borrow an undercut saw, you can make a "slot" for new mica around the entire perimeter. If not, you can probably make a small undercut with just a hand saw laid flat. You just need enough to cover the edge of new mica. The key to it is in getting an exact pattern of the shape to cut. Mark it on the back side (careful not to do it backward) of the mica and cut with a fine blade circular saw.
You should probably piece it, make the seam at the back of what appears to be the stove. It'll make the job easier not having to handle a big piece of mica. Of course, make the sink/hatch cutouts after it's glued down with a laminate trimmer bit in your router. The sink, faucet and that hatch and trim will need to come out. With a few hours work and a few bucks, you can have a permanent fix.
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