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Posted by Terry Alexander on November 14th, 1997 08:41 AM
In reply to Laminate removal by JT on November 13th, 1997 07:03 PM [Go to top of thread]

Weston, JT is exactly correct. You can use acetone or lacquer thinner, however, you will be using a LOT of the stuff. The lamiate was put on with contact bond and it takes quite a bit of the acetone or l-thinner to break down the glue. You will end up prying up the laminate and squirting the liquid at the same time. The laminate will break many times and you will end up with a whole lot of little pieces. If you have gas in your house (furnace, stove or hot water heater), suggest that you extinquish the pilot lights on all as the fumes of the acetone and l-thinner are extremely combustible. Used to do this for a living. Had one guy who smoked and literally burned down a whole house!

Lastly, once you do remove the laminate, the surface will need a TON of work before it can be refinished. The only time we removed lamiate was to put new laminate over or to repair an area (like where someone set a red hot pot or pan).

Good luck and be careful.

Terry Alexander

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