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 Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Tip of the Day Categories » Cabinets and Countertops

Plastic Laminate Separation

Are your counter tops starting to really bug you because the edges are popping up and coming unglued? Don't fret because with some heat and glue, you can make them look good as new. First, a little history: Today's plastic laminate, often referred to as Formica, came about in 1913 when two businessmen put layers of paper in resin to create a material like real mineral mica. It was used ?for mica? for electrical insulation and they called it just that. In the late '20s, they found it made great counter tops, as well. The same holds true today -- after 75 years. Plastic laminates remain near-perfect products with two exceptions -- they can chip and separate from substrate materials. The latter is easy to fix if the material isn't damaged. First try reactivating the original glue with low heat. If that doesn't work, re-coat with carpenter's glue, clamp and let dry. This can be done over time as often as it is needed. Your counters will look as good as new. And that's the On The House tip for today.

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