Wood laminate is a kind of plastic material that is put to furniture and cabinets, and it is imprinted with a pattern that looks like wood grain. The laminate is a construction material that is simple to clean, relatively affordable, more long-lasting than a real wood surface, and needs less care than other types of wood surfaces. When used as a surface for a kitchen table, wood laminate is subjected to heavy usage and runs the risk of being damaged when hot goods are put on top of it. You only need to remove the old laminate top from your kitchen table in order to give it the appearance of being brand new.
Choosing the Replacement Laminate
There is a wide range of colours and patterns available for wood laminate. According to advice offered by Build Direct, you should choose a surface that is both appealing and compatible with the general decoration of your kitchen, paying special attention to the chairs that will be used at the table. For instance, if the kitchen chairs you have are cherry and have a grain pattern that is just faintly visible, you shouldn’t consider using a dark laminate or one that has a design that is printed on the surface and consists of thick grain lines and knots.
The installation of the various varieties of laminate requires a variety of approaches. Installing some laminates requires first applying an adhesive to the surface to which the laminate will be connected, as well as to the rear edge of the laminate. When installing pressure-sensitive laminate, also known as self-adhesive laminate, the glue is applied during the installation process itself. Up until the point when you are ready to apply it, the glue is concealed by paper.
Removing the Old Laminate Surface
When you remove the old surface, you are able to apply the new laminate straight to the table, which is an option even though it is normally possible to place the new laminate surface immediately on top of the current surface. The laminate resides on the table thanks to the adhesive that was used. Apply heat from a heat gun to the laminate that runs down one side of the table in order to remove it. (If there is a spot where the laminate is beginning to separate from the wood, there is where you should start.) The glue becomes more malleable as a result of the heat, which also causes it to soften.
Use a putty knife or a painter’s tool that has many functions to pry the laminate away from the wood. If you see that the laminate is beginning to break as you pull it away, apply more heat to the area in order to further liquefy the adhesive. You can also heat the glue with a steam iron by moving the iron in a circular motion over the surface while applying steam.
When deciding whether or not to remove the old laminate, you should also take into consideration the kind of laminate that you are currently working with. It is possible to install self-adhesive laminate on top of an existing laminate surface that has not been damaged. However, if you are using nonadhesive laminate, stripping the old laminate may be the better option because the wood underlayment provides a better surface for the adhesive that you must apply for the new laminate. Self-adhesive laminate can be installed on top of an existing laminate surface that has not been damaged.
Prepping the Tabletop
In order to guarantee that the new laminate will adhere correctly to the wood, the surface must be properly prepared for it before it can be installed. When you removed the main sheet, any fragments of glue or pieces of laminate that were left behind should be removed by heating them with the heat gun and then scraping them off with the scraping tool. This should clear up any residue that was left behind. According to instructions provided by HGTV, use sandpaper with a fine grit to lightly sand the surface of the wood in order to remove any residual adhesive from the surface.
Sand the surface to create a scuffed texture if you are going to be installing the new laminate directly on top of the current laminate. Because of this, the glue will adhere to the surface much more effectively. The dust and any other filth should be removed off the table using a gentle cleaner, and then the surface should be allowed to dry completely.
Installing the New Laminate
Using a utility knife and a straightedge as a guide, cut the newly purchased laminate to a size that is just slightly bigger than the top of the table. Apply contact cement to the top of the table as well as the back of the laminate, and then wait five to ten minutes for the contact cement to cure so that it becomes sticky. During the process of installing the laminate, it is important to protect both the table and the laminate from coming into touch with one another. To do this, use wooden shims all around the table’s perimeter.
Remove the shims from under the laminate, then place it on top of the table. This will enable the laminate to make contact with the table. By rolling a J-roller over the surface of the table, you can press the laminate into the table, and you can remove the extra overhang by running a router along the sides of the table. While the contact cement is curing, secure the laminate to the table using clamps and leave them there for at least 24 hours. Clamps should be placed around the table’s perimeter.
If you are working with self-adhesive laminate, cut a piece of laminate that is large enough to extend one inch over the ends of the table. If the sheet of laminate isn’t large enough to cover the table in its entirety, divide the table into several different portions. First, take off the backing paper, and then lay the laminate down on the table. Maintain a tight grip on it while pressing it on the table and roll the J-roller over the surface. Utilizing a utility knife, remove the surplus laminate from the sheet.
Putty knife or painter’s tool that has five functions in one (!!-!!) An iron that uses steam!!-!! Fine-grit sandpaper
Cleanser that is not harsh!!-!! Rag
Knife for general purpose!!-!! Contact cement
Shims made of wood!!-!!!!-!! J-roller
!!!-!!! Router!!-!! Clamps