What adhesive should I use to affix tile to formica?

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  • Mona Blake Mona Blake on Aug 31, 2018

    Cement for ceramic tile.

  • Alice Alice on Aug 31, 2018

    I wouldn't risk it. It's not recommended to tile over Formica. No matter what adhesive you use, some tiles can still come loose, and the grout may crack, especially at the front edge.


    The best course is to tear off the old top and install a solid 3/4-in. plywood underlayment and a layer of tile backer board before tiling. It's less work than it sounds and will ensure a long-lasting tile countertop.

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    • William William on Aug 31, 2018

      As a former homebuilder and remodeler tile mastic over laminate since THINSET will not hold to laminate. Never had any problems. The right product for the job.

  • William William on Aug 31, 2018

    Tile mastiic for adhering tile to Formica (laminate). Thinset will not hole to laminate.

  • Ted Rowland Ted Rowland on Aug 31, 2018

    Use dry ice and a scraper to remove the laminate. Then 1/4' "backer board" sold at the home stores over the, now exposed, particle board. Glue it and screw it according to instructions. The problem with leaving the laminate, is you will cause uneven tension, from the new glue, and it will de-laminate from the particle board, causing a mess. Then use Flex Bond tile mortar, and install your tile. Be sure to tap each tile lightly, (like vibrating it) with a rubber mallet, to remove all air bubbles, and "set" the tile. Then grout and finish the tile. Cheers

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    • Ted Rowland Ted Rowland on Sep 01, 2018

      That is a second way, but as a cabinet maker, I can assure you, dry ice is cleaner. Both will work. You can also start a corner, and squirt in lacquer thinner too.

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