Our Formica Countertop is beat up, is removing it my only option? As long as it is not water damaged beyond repair, then no you do not have to remove it. You can use our material recipes & methods of counter resurfacing. Your first step to countertop resurfacing is to remove all flaking areas if any. Follow by using a 60 grit sanding pad & do circular motions in a systematical manner throughout tops, & sides of formica counter back splash, etc. Clean thoroughly with denatured alcohol and your prep work will be complete. We teach methods of following the contours of your existing counter with 3/16” applications, or adjust the depth up to an inch or edge style to be polished or attain a chiseled edge pop out, etc. The same options include going over tiled indoor / outdoor counters. The neat thing about this option is that having unlimited material options, you really can attain perfect matches of your favorite marble, granite, & any other natural stone. Doing it yourself allows much more time for intricate veining & coloring details that would otherwise be to costly from a contractors perspective.
Best Match Tip: take a trip to your local Marble or Granite Supply store & take pictures of your favorite slabs, print them out in color and use as a cheat sheet for veining and advanced colorations.
Thinking about ripping that old ceramic tile out? Well don’t, you may have an easier option. In Arizona , the majority of decorative concrete resurfacing is done right over existing Ceramic Tile and any other Tile, at least by our company. Our method works and we offer Lifetime Warranties on all work SBC installs. For those that this sounds appealing to, first let’s determine if you’re tile is savable. You will need to do a soundness test throughout, a simple mop handle, or tow chain will work fine. Tap throughout for the purpose of exposing hollow spots or weak tiles. If the majority of the tile sounds weak, then this may not be an option. If none or only 20 -30% are weak, then these can be pried out and filled with Decorative Concrete material. After proper scuffing and prepping, your old tile can be transformed into any decorative concrete finish from, seamless marble, granite, travertine, slate, stone, or some may be content with a simple acid stained micro topping.