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Old 19-06-2013, 06:50   #16
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Lagoon 440's are slow to begin with... A little more weight isn't going to hurt...
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Old 19-06-2013, 07:07   #17
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We changes our table to formica with a chipboard base, to compensate for the extra weight we have cut all the handles off our toothbruses and only use sparkling water in the tanks as it is lighter.
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Old 26-08-2013, 12:03   #18
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Re: New Countertops for Lagoon Cat

I was reminded of this thread as we re-did our countertops this weekend. We were going to go with corian but it was so expensive and it was months before we could get on the schedule to get it installed so we opted for something different. It's called Instant Granite. You can see the results we got in the picture below:



It really does look and feel like granite. I was very skeptical of it at first. It's a 2 mil thick PVC covering and it has a soft feel to it at first but it seem to cure a bit over about 24 hours. It was very easy to install especially since we took the old sink our and put the new one in after cutting to fit although cutting around the sink would have been pretty easy too.

It can take heat up to about 180 degrees so we have to be sure we use something for hot pans. If it ever does get gouged, just cut the offending piece out and lay down new - I dare you to try and find the seam in one of our mistakes in the photo, that stuff matches up exceedingly well! The only seam you can really see is where the lid is for the pots.

If you're thinking of doing something quick, easy and cheap, I gotta tell ya that this stuff seems to be the real deal.
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Old 26-08-2013, 13:28   #19
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Re: New Countertops for Lagoon Cat

This sounds good. I've been looking for an easy way to re-do my counter top. Is it quite easy to cut curves in it? I have some complex shapes I need to do!
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Old 26-08-2013, 13:38   #20
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Re: New Countertops for Lagoon Cat

Hey Mike,

Super easy to cut curves into it. On the photo, you can't really see the rounded corner where we had to cut because of the glare but it's flawless. Use a new razor blade to trim and it becomes very easy. The back area under the tile is not actually square either (about a inch wider one end).

They have a few videos and how-to's on the site that walk you all the way through the process. You just cut a piece about a inch or so bigger than whatever area you're covering, lay it in there (use the wet method, the dry method would be a disaster if you ask me) and use the razor blade to work around the edges. Took us about 2 hours to do all you see in the photo, including the lid..
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Re: New Countertops for Lagoon Cat

Granite tiles are pretty thin and not too heavy.
I used glass mosaic tiles on my outdoor kitchen counter, the thin ones are pretty light.
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Old 04-09-2013, 22:02   #22
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Re: New Countertops for Lagoon Cat

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Formica is light, easy to install (DIY) and wears like iron.
You can get Formica that looks just like granite. You can just glue it right over what you have now in short order and your done.
The original thread author said she doesn't like Formica, however we have white Formica on our boat and it looks fantastic. No scratches, dings, lifting anywhere. Any coffee/wine/juice stains come right out with a diluted bleach solution.
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