Can you Cut the Backsplash Off a Laminate Countertop

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Last updated: April 19, 2023

A laminate backsplash should accompany your laminate countertop. The backsplash is often available in different heights, from several feet to just a few inches. But sometimes, things and preferences may change.

For example, if the backsplash already looks old and dated, or you want to use a different design, you will have no choice but to cut it off. How about your laminate counter’s backsplash, then?

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Can you cut the backsplash off a laminate countertop

The good news is, yes, you can cut off the backsplash from your laminate countertop yourself. Do you want to remove your kitchen’s ugly backsplash? Is your old backsplash stained and old and no longer fits your kitchen décor? If yes, I recommend you cut it off and replace it with a new one.

The backsplash is a decorative spot you can cover in wallpaper, paint, or tile, and it can also be an extension of your countertop. When properly installed, the backsplash can last many years, depending on your specific material.

With the backsplash being a relatively small part of your overall kitchen design, it is only natural to change the material or technique to update your kitchen in the least invasive way possible.

Another reason to remove and update your backsplash is if it shows signs of cracking or damage. After some time, the backsplash may crack, chip, or get damaged because of its age. It might not be easy to replace the backsplash, but it will still be better, to begin with a clean slate before you install something new.

The first step to updating your kitchen backsplash is to cut off your old one first. It doesn’t matter if it is an extension of your counter or is tile, and I always recommend removing it as carefully as possible to prepare the surface for its fresh look.

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How do you remove a backsplash from laminate countertops

The back part of preformed laminate countertops usually has a slight ridge that rises several inches high to serve as the wall’s backsplash. The good news is that removing backsplash from your laminate countertops is an easy process and doesn’t require any previous experience in carpentry.

If your backsplash is made from laminate material, just like your counter, you can remove it without any issues. The secret here is to ensure that the backsplash is set on your counter without using any part of the top of the counter to form a cove.

Check for the seam where the counter meets the backsplash. The backsplash should stay put if the area is curved and smooth. You can remove it, however, if there is a seam.
Turn the setting of a heat gun to low to melt the adhesive.
Cut off the old backsplash with a putty knife. Since it is a laminate counter, don’t forget to check for the screws that hold it in place. Unscrew these and use your putty knife again to remove any adhesive.
Clean the remaining adhesive with solvent so the new backsplash can be installed on your countertop.

Can you remove backsplash from countertop

Yes, you can remove the backsplash from the countertop. Backsplashes protect all behind your countertop while giving your kitchen an extra aesthetic touch. There are often three popular types of backsplashes: tile, hardwood, and laminate.

If you want to replace your backsplash for appearance alone or since it was already damaged, any of these three types can be removed easily without much effort. All you need for the process is a few supplies and tools to remove most backsplash materials.

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Does a laminate countertop need a backsplash

Pair it with a lovely backsplash to make the most of your laminate countertop. Laminate countertops are the more affordable alternatives to quartz and granite.

These countertops are a non-porous and durable choice that withstand everyday wear and tear and stains. Aside from their lower price tag, laminate countertops are also appealing since these are available in various colors and patterns.

This wide variety makes it relatively easy to match a backsplash with your laminate countertops. So far, there are two types of backsplash to choose from.

Post-formed top

To choose a backsplash that will go well with your laminate countertop, you must follow a similar rule for granite or quartz countertops. Laminate countertops typically come with the conventional Post-Formed Top.

It is a vertical edge extending up from the counter along the wall with a rounded edge for a few inches. It is attached to your counter, making it an affordable and accessible backsplash solution.

Custom backsplash

Although a post-formed top is perfect in terms of convenience and cost, it doesn’t create that unique and desired designer touch that most people want in their kitchens. If you want to be more practical when choosing your countertop, consider a glass or tile backsplash to add a touch of luxury to your kitchen.

Like other countertop materials, you can choose a tile color that blends with your countertop’s colors or settle for a simple and plain white backsplash to set off and highlight your beautiful countertops and cabinets. Try playing with various materials to determine the best partner for your laminate.

How can I cut laminate without chipping

Laminate countertops are known for two unique components: the thick wood or particle board base layer and the plastic finish. The saw blade might end up tearing away parts of the laminate layer while cutting if you cut straight through your laminate counter without taking necessary precautions.

To prevent this unwanted tearing effect that can compromise the appearance of your counter, make sure that you only use a saw blade made and designed mainly for cutting particle board or laminate. The steel blades have a lot of small sharp teeth that allow cleaner cuts.

One more trick that you can use to ensure that the laminate layer doesn’t tear is to add masking tape on top of the cutting line on the side of the laminate and make an initial scoring cut. Remember to wear your respiratory and eye protection before you use the saw.

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