Laminate is a durable and easy-to-clean material used for kitchen worktops, but over time worktops can become faded or outdated. Kitchen worktops can be covered with new laminate as long as no part of the original is peeling up. It is important to remove all fixtures such as sinks or soap dispensers and to properly prepare the original surface to ensure proper installation and adhesion of the new laminate.
Use an electric sander with 50-grit sandpaper to sand the worktop. Make sure all surfaces are consistently roughened.
Wipe down the worktop with a rag dampened with a multipurpose cleaner and degreaser. Make sure all sanding dust is gone.
Place laminate sheets on top of the worktop and go underneath and trace the outline.
Cut along the traced lines using a jigsaw or a utility knife.
Use a paintbrush to apply coats of contact cement to both the worktop and the back of the laminate.
Set dowels, spaced 12 inches apart, on the worktop and place the new laminate on top of the dowels. The dowels will keep the contact cement-covered surfaces from sticking to each other while you get the laminate into the correct position. Remove the dowels once the laminate is in position.