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To be honest, I didn't have luck with either the regular or heavy weight peel and stick on my countertops. The steam and grease from my gas range and sink area kept the paper from sticking tight and I kept getting air bubbles....it's just not the best product to use in kitchens and baths.
Thanks Fiddledd for sharing your experience.
So often you see the 'just finished look' of projects done with contact paper, without knowing how long it really lasts, how hard it is to keep clean, or other problems with impracticality.
You're welcome Flipturn! I think it's as important to share the things that don't work out as those that do...saves time, money and frustration!
This type of update is not usually done with shelving paper. It is a very specialized contact vinyl. There are several brands, but one I know works pretty well is EZFauxdecor.com.
I would use counter top film instead of shelving paper.
Counter top film is a thicker, tougher version of contact paper or shelf paper. It's more like a cross between vinyl flooring and shelf paper, and it has a self-adhesive backing for sticking directly to the old counter surface.
Installation of counter top film is, not surprisingly, a bit fussy, but it's no more complicated than applying contact paper. You lay out the film, trim it to rough size, align it the the counter top's edges, then stick it down incrementally, using a squeegee tool to work out the air bubbles as you go.
Once they are thoroughly clean and dry, you apply very slowly with a smoothing edge tool.
Here is a good video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OH0XxY22EsA
My friend Julie from My Wee Abode covered her counters with contact paper, and they look quite nice! https://myweeabode.com/update-your-countertops-without-replacing-them/