Can you sand the edges of Formica?
Attach 120-grit carbide sandpaper to an orbital sander. Hold the sander at a 45-degree angle pointing down toward the ground. The downward angle will prevent the laminate from lifting from the counter. Sand the laminate to smooth the edges.
How do I cut Formica without a router?
Use 100-grit sandpaper to clean up any imperfections and create a smooth surface. Wipe away the dust with a tack cloth. Cut the laminate sheeting down to size to fit the countertop with a circular saw or a fine-toothed handsaw. Give yourself an extra inch on both dimensions — you can trim the excess later.
Which tool would be best for trimming the edges of plastic laminate?
FIG. 5 – You can cut plastic sheets with a fine-tooth hand saw. You can cut plastic laminate material with a circular saw, saber saw, backsaw or utility knife. The saw blade should be a fine-tooth blade (Fig.
Can you use an orbital sander on laminate?
Use coarse-grit sandpaper to rough up the underlay for the new surface, even if it is the old laminate. You can also use your orbital sander and fine-grit sandpaper to plane just a little off the countertop edges to make the new laminate surface fits better at the edges, and under sinks and tap hardware.
Can Formica be cut with a utility knife?
A utility knife can be used to make scoring cuts on Formica. Formica brand plastic laminate is most commonly used to cover countertops, cabinet doors and drawer fronts. Since all plastic laminates are essentially the same, cutting Formica with a utility knife is identical to cutting most laminates.
How do you hide Formica edges?
You can purchase a separate branded edging product – like IdealEdge®– that adheres to the side of your laminate countertops. Edging products allow you to upgrade from flat edges to a variety of other edge profiles – and they hide the brown lines. Edging treatments are easy for DIY’ers to install.