Install Tile Over a Formica Countertop
LESLIE: Jeri (sp) in California’s got a tiling project. And how can we help?
JERI (sp): Yes, I would like to know if I can possibly tile over Formica vanity tops in two bathrooms.
LESLIE: Well, what’s the condition of the Formica? Is it all in good shape? Do you have a lot of …?
JERI (sp): It’s all in very good shape.
LESLIE: Well, I think as long as it – the only problem is because the Formica’s such a smooth surface, you might find that the adhesive or the mastic – whatever you’re using to adhere the tile – might slip a little bit. So what you want to do is take sanding – you know, a gritty sandpaper and sand and scratch up that surface, just so you’re giving it a little bit more texture for your adhesive to stick to. And then you can go right ahead and tile right over it.
JERI (sp): Good.
TOM: Yeah. No, it’s a great solid base. Now once you tile over it, you want to be careful about the grout that you put in there. You might want to think about using an epoxy grout. Or if you use a sand grout, then what you’re going to have to do is seal it. You can use a silicone sealer on that, OK?
JERI (sp): Alright. Well, thank you so much.
TOM: You’re welcome, Jeri (sp). Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.