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Old 08-07-2006, 09:41 AM   #1
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Steel looking laminate Counter Tops?

Good morning everyone. We're just getting to the counter tops in our Remodel of our '72 Overlander and have noticed a Formica Steel looking laminate. Also there are a few other brands we've seen out there. Has anyone used these steel looking laminate? Any thoughts or suggestions on the wear & tear of them?


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Old 08-07-2006, 10:28 AM   #2
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Hi Ron. I'm considering the same style of laminate. I really like the look. It will go with the alum mini blinds we installed. As far as the wear and tear, I'm sure the laminate will hold up very well. My 79 MH has the original laiminate and it is in great condition after 25 plus years. Good luck with your project. joe
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Old 08-07-2006, 01:02 PM   #4
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Thanks for your reply. Now that I've done more research, there appear to be several more steel looking formica's out there to play with. If anyone has anymore insight into these, please advise.
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Ron, when we were redoing our kitchen recently, adding stainless appliances, I was stumped for the back splash area around the room. We had used tile elsewhere and I didn't want a repeat of that. During one of my daily (!) trips to Lowes or HD during this time, I noticed masonite paneling with a stainless look in 3" tile design. We used this and everyone who has come by has enthused about the steel on our walls to which we smile, knowing it's just a look alike. This may be over the top for your look, but in addition to your stainless-look counters, you might consider the masonite paneling in the steel look for some wall area. One of my daughters even cut a piece to install on the front of the dishwasher which also looks great. Good luck in deciding on your counters. ~G
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I'll shoot over to HD this afternoon and take a look. Austin Hardwoods, a local supplier has a bunch of these different samples, but they're about 2" x 3" and hard to really get a grip on what a big piece will look like. Thanks for the response, I'm glad to hear your kitchen looks great!
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Old 08-07-2006, 05:32 PM   #7
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You may want to look at this site. Interesting, but not a replacement for the real thing.

www.alsacorp.com/

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Wow, really cool links. Thanks, I think we may be on the right track here.
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With metallic Formica-type laminates, you should check the manufacturer's specs to determine if the material is suited for "horizontal" application. Horizontal is, of course, a countertop. Countertops need to be durable. You do not want to have your new installation look worn only a short time after you have finished it.

If the laminate is not suited for a countertop, you might consider using a sturdy gauge (20-22) of stainless steel glued to a solid plywood backing. The contact cement used for laminate is adequate as long as the stainless-steel surface being glued is thoroughly degreased. The plywood needs to be a void-free type such as "baltic birch". Cutting stainless-steel sheet to size (including sink and stove openings) can be challenging, but a sheetmetal shop can do that for you.
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You willfind that the metal look is not for counter tops, as it scratch's.
Formica makes a silver which I used and it match's the blind's perfectly.

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What about using real sheet stainless? I bought two pieces for my dometic panesl from sheetmetalwarehouse. They look terrific.
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What about using real sheet stainless? I bought two pieces for my dometic panesl from sheetmetalwarehouse. They look terrific.
I was also going to suggest getting yourself a sheet of stainless cut to the size you need and contact cement it into place. The shop could probably even bend the lip and a backsplash for a reasonable price. The Formica, Nevamar, et al laminates aren't durable enough for using on a counter top. The metal component of the laminate will quickly become scratched and ruined.
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