Scoring a Kitchen Counter

Hello All,
A friend said that I can tile over the "stock" kitchen counter in my new (25 y.o.) house. The current kitchen counter is the standard stuff, plastic laminate I believe. What would you all suggest is the best method to score the counter so that the adhesive has something to bind to.
Also, is this even a good idea in the first place?
Thanks,
EggRaid
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wrote:

The trick is to ensure the bond -- which means cleaning it with something like laquer thinner to get all the crap off and then roughing up the surface with a sander.
Given that the house is 25 years old, I'd go an extra step -- clean it, rough it up, then resurface with 1/4" or 1/2" plywood (rough side up) screwed and glued (PL 400 or Premium).
That will also raise the counter top (people are taller than 25 years ago, and give you a deeper edge for either tile or trim.
HTH
Ken
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You can use a belt sander on it to rough it up. After that add a layer of tile backer board either 1/4" or 1/2". Do not use plywood.
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I don't think it would be smart you will need backerboard to get a good surface for the tile so you could just screw the backerboard right thru the laminate but it will make things taller and limit your sink choices to a certain extent the sides will also have to match the current ones ?
I would tear it out and start fresh!
Wayne

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Thanks all, one thing to add. This is the stuff that is really smooth and slick, and is shaped in a way that toward the back by the wall, it "curves" up and stands about 4-5 inches higher than the flat countertop. If I put the backerboard down, there would be a gap between the top of the counter and the lifted portion in the back.

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Go to a real ceramic tile store. Get information about Schluter System's Ditra.
http://www.schluter.com/english/products/2002/overview/productoverview.html
The Journal of Light Construction had an article about exactly this several months ago: http://www.jlconline.com/cgi-bin/jlconline.storefront/40099cb40022003e271a401e1d290578/Product/View/0303tili
They have more information on tile counters: http://www.jlconline.com/cgi-bin/jlconline.storefront/40099cb40022003e271a401e1d290578/UserTemplate/44
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I was considering the same thing but now believe it's a bad idea. See e.g. http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/realestate/homeimprovement/chi-0305230289may23,0,3169886.story?coll=chi-classifiedhomeimprove-hed
Can't change the sink, etc., either.
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