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micah 11-22-2012 10:54 AM

removing countertop glue from formica
Hey guys, i just signed up with hrt, i am stumped, it might be a dumb question, but i just peeled off the formica countertop i had, it was all peeling and ugly, i was going to use this roll on granite i found at home hardware, anyways before i prime the mdf i think i need to clean all the glue off, i have a dremel maltimax sander and tried sanding the glue off but it just keeps clogging my sandpaper, does anyone have any advice on what i should use to clean the glue off easily?

JoeD 11-22-2012 12:11 PM

Remove the wood and replace it. You will never get all off.

nealtw 11-22-2012 12:15 PM

You need something like 24" belt sander and use the toy for the corners. Something coarse like 50 grit. But I think you would be better off changing the top out for 3/4 plywood. You said mdf, I suspect it is k3 board, either way they can not handle any water at all.

micah 11-22-2012 12:21 PM

oh boy, ok the only countertop i can find to replace it is about 6bucks a foot, can i just primer overtop of it? or will that reak havoc on the primer itself

micah 11-22-2012 12:28 PM

sorry money is gettin tight, so im tryin to do this as "budget friendly" as possible, why is plywood better?

micah 11-22-2012 12:36 PM

i am going to be painting on "Giani" (brand name) roll on granite countertop, so i will have a primer layer, plus the primer layer from the granite kit, plus a color coat, plus the granite flake stuff, plus another color layer, plus a clearcoat sealer, thats why i ask if i need to get it all off, the instructions say to not worry about small cracks and little stuff

nealtw 11-22-2012 12:50 PM

I figured you were trying to do this on the cheap. If plywood gets wet it will swell a little, the other products swell up a lot. If you have the tools you can make plywood look real nice with a 1x2 on the front. HHW has couple products like this, are you sure it's good for counter tops, some allow moisture thru.

micah 11-22-2012 12:57 PM

they boast it being waterproof, so i hope so, i read a bunch of reviews and everyone was really happy with the outcome, i was going to double up on the clearcoat to make sure

nealtw 11-22-2012 01:16 PM

What ever the product, you want to start out with a good foundation. I have never found any good way to remove contact cement.

nealtw 11-22-2012 02:01 PM

These guys say mdf or particle board is better than plywood.

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