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Re: Tiling over laminate countertop

Posted By: wes
Thursday, 13 April 2000, at 8:50 a.m.

In Response To: Tiling over laminate countertop (Mari Bochenek)

You have heard correctly as it is easy to ceramic tile over existing laminate countertop. These are the rules:

1) Be sure that the existing laminate is secure, especially at the edges. Either resecure or remove if this is an issue.

2) Scour the finish to better receive the mastic for the ceramic tile. You can gouge and scrape to your heart's content thus insuring that the surface is secure and rough.

3) Use a superior grade of mastic to secure the tiles, but otherwise follow all of the basic instructions for laying ceramic tile, including allowing for spacing for splashboards and edges.

4) Be sure to seal the new grout to prevent staining by mold or food spills and to insure water proofing.

5) You want to pay particular attention to where the sink or other appliances such as stove tops have to set on the tile. A level and even area is desired for the edges and a sealant might be used.

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