Install Tile Over a Formica Countertop
LESLIE: Kitchens offer number one return on investment and that’s what Mike in Idaho is doing. How can we help?
MIKE: Hey, I have a good question for you, I think. I have an old kitchen with a Formica countertop on it. Do I actually have to pull that all off or can I go right over the top of that?
LESLIE: What are you putting on top of it?
MIKE: That’s a good question. (chuckling) Could I put more Formica on it or could I put tile on it?
TOM: Well, you could go right on top of it with another layer of Formica or laminate. I’ve done that myself. You’ve got – the last time I did it, I sanded the old stuff so I roughed it up a bit. Then I used the solvent-based contact cement; not the latex-based. And it worked fine. It’s lasted to this day. It’s in a – it’s in a condo that I own that we rent out.
If you’re going to put tile, I don’t see why you couldn’t put the tile right on top of it because I know the glues going to stick to that.
LESLIE: Yeah, as long as you’ve got an even, level surface you can go for it.
MIKE: OK, do I – if I put tile on that, what’s the procedure on that then? Still go ahead and sand that and just put the mud down and the tile on top?
LESLIE: Oh yeah, I would definitely scuff it up just so you give better adhesion. Because if the surface is very smooth and slick, it might stick but it could cause some shifting and movement if things don’t really adhere. So give it some scratches and scuffs to give it a place to stick to.
LESLIE: Alright? Enjoy that new countertop.
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