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Old 09-24-2018, 05:45 PM   #1
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Resurfacing countertops

Has anyone resurface the countertops and table in you RV if so what did you use. And how is it holding up. I have been watching YouTube on it and it doesnít seem to hard and would love to give more color to it. Any thoughts out there.
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Our fifth wheel kitchen table came with a light maple stain on it that became stained/worn over the first 5 years of use. We used a 1/4 sheet power sander to get the table top back to the raw maple wood. Then put 4 coats of urethane clear coat on it. The table has held up well in the last 4 years since it was refinished and the natural wood finish looks great. Tip - Remove the table to outside the RV for sanding and painting.
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We ran across a product over the weekend which is counter tops made with an epoxy resin with the look of granite at a much lower weight and much less maintenance.
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Our booth table suffered from the impact of a can of vegetables that slipped out of the wife's hand and caused a half moon arc that punctured through the Formica. I thought I could live with it, but thought better to replace the table top. I called Winnebago and was quoted a whopping $572.00 for a new top. Once I picked myself up from the floor I went to Youtube to learn how to laminate a tabletop. I went to Home Depot and bought as close to matching piece of Formica as I could get, plus a can of contact cement, a rubber roller and a half dozen 7/16" wooden dowel rods. Total Investment was about $50.00. I already had a 3/4" carbide tipped round over router bit as well as a 3/4" flat face bit. I used the flat bit set to the proper depth to remove the old Formica laminate. Here's pics of the process. The first pic was taken after the old laminate was removed.

I then used a pre-mixed wood filler to skin the entire top filling in any imperfections caused by the router and the one caused by the can of beans. Once the filler dried I used a block sander and 100 grit paper to sand the table flat again. The second pic is after sanding and ready for the new laminate.

The third pic is the completed table top with new laminate and the perimeter of the table routed to match the original pattern. What I didn't photograph was the table perimeter stained and finished to match the existing cabinetry. The whole job took me a total of about 4 working hours to complete.

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Very nice.
I was thinking about the epoxy resin stuff but I am open. I have done the Formica in the past but was thinking stepping up but I love your pattern.
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There are some Formica patterns now that look exactly like granite or other stone. I believe I'd choose Formica over those paint-on resins, but that's just me.
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This is why I am asking. I am open to any help on this.
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Ok just ordered this
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Giani-Gr...lain/203644684
Reviews was good so I will give it a shot. The worse case is that I have to lay laminate down.
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I've re-polished the Corian countertops a couple times. I don't mean just a Corian cleaner either. Used a random orbital sander with progressively finer grits up to 4000 to remove scratches and re-produce the original high gloss.


I also refinished the cherrywood coffee table by sanding and re-varnishing.
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Mine is Formica I think itís not that thick. If I use any sandpaper on it I will see the wood or what ever they used. I am the second owner of this RV and it wasnít taken care of that well. The countertops is the last thing on my list and they show there age.
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Don't sand formica unless you are going to paint it afterwards. You can't do much with mica laminate except clean well, using a very mild solution or polish, but don't expect miracles. There are some products sold for cleaning mica countertops and most home and hardware stores will have them available.


If they are really bad, you can try painting them with one of the various products made for countertops, e.g. Rustoeum or Giani Countertop Refinishing Kits. If you feel creative, do a DIY paint job - there are videos and online instructions.


https://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/ro...te-countertops


https://www.wikihow.com/Paint-Formica-Countertops
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We used the Rustoleum countertop transformations on one of our previous houses, we were going to gut the whole kitchen in a couple years and thought we would give the Rustoleum kit a try to get us by till we did the remodel, I have to say it was actually pretty impressive, we ended up selling the house a year later but it still looked like new and was a very cheap upgrade.
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I ordered the Giani kit
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Ok kits just got here. Now who likes to paint.
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