Acrylic countertops are one of several types of kitchen surface materials that are made of acrylic- or polyester-based plastics(or a combination). They are first heated to a liquid state and then molded into a countertop to produce a very hard material uniform in color.
An acrylic countertop is a great choice if you are doing a kitchen remodel. Acrylic is sleek, durable, and very easy to maintain. Since you can find it in many colors and designs, it is easy to add as an update to your current kitchen or to match a new renovation. If you are installing an acrylic countertop on your own, there are several steps you will want to take to ensure the process goes smoothly. Here is a guide, along with some materials you'll need.
Step 1 - Check the Surface with a Level
Using a spirit level, verify the horizontal alignment of the cabinets' assembly. The overall surface you're working on should be perfectly level in the length as well as in the depth before you begin installing your countertop. The surface is level when the bubble is in the center of the glass.
Step 2 - Line up Countertop
Lining up the countertop can be difficult because you have to allow for everything else that may be installed after. Be sure it is flush up to the wall unless the backsplash is to be installed separately. If so, you can leave a gap against the wall that is as thick as the backsplash, but no wider, essentially basing it on the front overhang of the counter, making sure it is even throughout the entire length. Typically, you will want it to be from an inch to 1 1/2 inches.
Step 3 - Check Countertop with Level
Use the level again to make sure the counter is level. If you found before that the surface was level, chances are the counter still will be very close. It is important to make sure though, in case the counter is off at all. It is much easier to fix now than once it is attached.
Step 4 - Screw
Attach the counter to the cabinets using a screw gun. To determine the size of the screws to use, consider the thickness of your countertop and the fastening brackets used. You will be securing the screws making sure the screws will not come through the surface.
Step 5 - Add the 4" Backsplash
To measure for the backsplash, use a tape measure from corner to corner of your counter. Use a circular saw to cut the backsplash to the appropriate size. Then, apply silicone to the wall and press the backsplash up to it. You can apply the silicone using a caulking gun. Hold the backsplash firmly for several minutes, to make sure it stays and is secure.
Step 6 - Apply Caulk
Fill the caulking gun with caulk, and apply it between the joints. Draw a bead across the seams. This should be between the countertop and cabinet, as well as the counter and the backsplash. Everything should flow and be connected. Wipe off any excess caulking and let dry.