How to Laminate your Countertops

We have put together some helpful information and step by step instructions on how to laminate your countertops. 

Video Guide (How To Laminate your Countertop PT. 1)

Video Guide (How To Laminate your Countertop PT. 2): 

Step by Step:

Step 1: Laminating the Edges

Using a 1" disposable paintbrush, apply adhesive to the backside of the laminate edge strips and double-coat the edge of the substrate (see drawing B).

  1. ( also offers spray adhesive and rollers.)
    NOTE: Do not apply adhesive to top surface at this time.
  2. Allow adhesive to dry. Adhesive is dry when contact can be made with the adhesive and transfer is not made to your hand.

    *To test the adhesive for appropriate dry time, lightly touch the adhesive with your finger. If the adhesive feels tacky yet does not stick to your finger, it is ready to bond. Refer to adhesive manufacturer directions.

    *Important! Once the adhesive is ready to bond, if any contact is made between the backside of the laminate and the edge of the substrate, they will bond immediately.
  3. Be very careful to align each laminate piece with overhang to the substrate edge prior to the surfaces touching.
  4. Starting at one end of the edge, start applying the edge.
  5. Use a hard rubber J-roller to apply uniform pressure along the entire strip (see drawing C).


Step 2: Removing Excess Laminate

Step 3: Laminating the Countertop

  1. Spread the adhesive on the substrate using your adhesive roller. (see drawing E). Two thin coats on the surface are better than one heavy coat. One hundred percent adhesive coverage is required (each coat). Before applying a second coat, make sure that the first coat is dry. Allow adhesive on both components to dry*.

    *To test the adhesive for appropriate dry time, lightly touch the adhesive with your finger. If the adhesive feels tacky yet does not stick to your finger, it is ready to bond. Refer to adhesive manufacturer directions.
    Adhesive can also be sprayed on, if the right equipment is available, or “painted” on with a disposable paint brush also.
  2. Position the dowel rods on the top surface approximately 6"-8" apart, perpendicular to the front edge (see drawing F). Position the laminate carefully over the substrate. Starting at one end of the counter, start removing the dowels one at a time while holding the laminate in place.

  3. Use a hard rubber 3" J-roller or T-Roller to apply uniform pressure across the entire countertop. Apply pressure to every inch of the surface for a complete and lasting bond.


Step 4: Removing the excess laminate

  1. Rout the laminate overhangs with the router and flush trim bit. The radius left by the routing process in any inside corner should remain. A radius on an inside corner (minimum 1/8") will strengthen the corner. Use a file to remove sharp edges and sharp outside corners.
  2. Clean off excess adhesive with adhesive cleaner and a clean white cloth (acetone is also an option).


Step 5: Finishing

Once you have installed your new laminate countertops, or perhaps have chips in your existing laminate countertops and wonder how you can fill the seams or repair those chips, check out SEAMFIL Laminate Repair. SEAMFIL allows you to repair nicks and fill seams with an easy one-part system. SEAMFIL mechanically bonds to the substrate of the laminate and dries hard, becoming a permanent part of the laminate surface. SEAMFIL resists moisture, detergents and other household products as effectively as the original laminate.

You can custom-match SEAMFIL to your laminate using the color charts below.


ColorFlex and Wilsonart Matched caulks are perfect for filling gaps and sealing places where your countertop meets the walls, floors, cabinets, tile, backsplashes, etc.

You can custom-match ColorFlex to your laminate using the color charts below.


You can also match your Wilsonart Laminate with Wilsonart supplied and matched caulks made especially for their laminate: Wilsonart Color Matched Caulk

Note: While ColorFlex and Wilsonart caulks are colored, they are designed to complement a wide range of colors. Colors may be a shade off or not “match” exactly. These are designed to be closer color options than your standard white, black, brown, or beige caulks.

Finally, the right tools for the job make your installation easier and the final results more professional.

Tools and Safety

This project involves the use of power tools.
Always wear and use all available safety equipment and protection.
Always work in a well-ventilated area.
If at any time you feel the project has become bigger than you can handle or you are unsure of the process in any way, contact a cabinet professional for assistance

Tools (minimum requirements)

  • Safety Glasses
  • Trim router
  • 3" – 9" paint/adhesive roller with cover (1/8" nap) (Covers can be purchased locally)
  • Flush trim router bit (carbide tips)
  • 1" disposable paint brush (china bristle) — no sponge brushes
  • File
  • 1/4" dowel rods 36" long (one for every 6"-8" of countertop)
  • 3" hard rubber J-Roller or T Roller
  • Sanding block with 80-grit sandpaper


We have an array of Laminate Install Tools and Adhesives for laminate and bevel edge installation to help you install and professionally finish your laminate countertops.

Optional Tools

  • Circular saw with fine-tooth carbide blade
  • Laminate scissors or Laminate Slitter
  • Table saw


Recommended Substrates

  • 5/8" or 3/4" thickness
  • Particle board
  • Medium-density fiberboard (MDF)
  • Plywood with one "A" face


Laminate Sheets are affordable, easy to maintain, and look terrific. No matter what your budget or style may be, you will find a product to fit your needs. The introduction of high-definition laminate has made it easier than ever to achieve the look of natural stone for your countertop at a fraction of the cost.

Our Countertop Laminate Products section offers a wide array of manufacturers, colors and designs.

We also offer bevel edge, PVC edge-banding and caulking to match most Wilsonart laminate colors, as well as Kampel Seamfil and ColorFlex caulks that allow you to professionally complete your project no matter which manufacturer you choose.

Feel free to contact us at anytime if you need further assistance in choosing or installing your new laminate. 

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