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As far as de-laminating Formica, lacquer thinner works fine. I knew one place that did tops but did not send end caps, You had to peel off the laminate from the sink cutout for the caps. (the guy was a real tightwad!) Lacquer thinner cut the glue in seconds and off it came! Let it dry for a few seconds, spray some 3M 90 on it and slap it on.
Hey Mark, I use brush/roll on water based laminate glue provided by my company. Does the lacquer thinner interfere with the app or curring of the glue at all do you know? I have always been scared to try it.
Making you peel off the sink cut outs is nuts! I wonder what he did with the scraps in the shop.
A good carpenter makes few mistakes, a great carpenter can fix his own.
I'm not sure on the water based glue. We always used the gooie red stuff sprayed from a gun. You could try a little sample and see how it goes. Lacquer thinner is pretty good stuff and will dissolve most adhesives.
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