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Con-Tact Brand Clear Covering Self-Adhesive Privacy Film and Liner, 18-Inches by 9-Feet, Clear Matte
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- Clear matte privacy liner offers superior transparent protection and semi-transparent privacy that can be used on windows of cabinets, doors or home
- Water-based adhesive backing allows for repositioning and easy removal
- Measure-and-cut grid in back allows for easy cut-to-size fitting
- Wipe clean with a damp cloth or sponge and is easily removable
- Each roll measures 18 inches wide by 9 feet long
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Con-Tact Brand Self-Adhesive Clear Covering
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Con-Tact Brand Self Adhesive Clear Covering is easy to apply with our original and innovative "measure-and-cut" grid on the backing paper. And when it's time for a new look, our Con-Tact Brand Self Adhesives remove cleanly, leaving behind no messy residue. This self-adhesive clear covering has a matte finish and is designed for both superior transparent protection and semi-transparent privacy. With our latest innovative and fashion-forward products in sophisticated colors and patterns, Con-Tact Brand products continue to lead the industry. Our colors are coordinated from one substrate to another so our customers can mix and match to their delight. So whatever the project - covering shelves in a pantry, cupboard, or closet; lining drawers in the kitchen, bath or bedroom; covering a counter or work space; or even tackling a creative craft project like covering a lamp shade - Con-Tact Brand has the colors and patterns to suite your taste and decor. And as you can expect only from Con-Tact Brand products, our new high quality Shelf and Storage liners lead the industry in quality and value. Whatever the room, whatever the surface, Con-Tact Brand's got you covered.
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As for application, working with anything adhesive can be frustrating, but this elicited only a few curse words from me...it went on fairly easily and I found it easier to use my hand to smooth it out rather than any implement (so that I could work from feel).
Side note: I put this down after removing a previous layer I had applied 2 years ago (of light-colored "granite" which I had gotten bored with), and when I removed that layer it pulled up some of the paint on the counter. Turns out that the paint was hiding yet ANOTHER layer of Con-Tact paper that the previous tenant had put down in the...are ready for it? 1960s! I could tell from the astro pattern! So there you go...Con-Tact paper can stick on for 50+ years!
Anyways, as you can imagine, squee-jee-ing the stuff on without major bubbles or wrinkles is a feat. It took me a few hours to do the counter tops BUT it was well worth it since I'm in a rental house I love (but cannot change the tacky yellow counters.) The final product is quite handsome, considering the total cost for all the counters was under 20 bucks. It looks like faux granite-- definitely not like the real stuff, but also not like 40 year old scratched counters with stickers slapped on top, which is essentially what it is. :)
The sink is easy to cut around, for what it's worth-- some tutorials online suggest cutting it perfectly to fit. That would drive me crazy. I cut out a hole for the sink, but a very rough one-- and then used a common steak knife to cut the precise edges once the stuff was already stuck on evenly. Overlapping bits peeled right off the sink. Trust me, the stuff has some give/stretchiness (not unlike a tee shirt) so you don't really want to measure things until it's already down.
For air bubbles, try poking them with a tack or sewing needle and decompressing slowly. For wrinkles, try slicing and overlapping the pieces. The almost imperceptible line is WAY better than a grime-catching wrinkle.. or worse: tearing the thing up in frustration.
Good luck, you won't regret this weekday morning renovation! :)
Tools I used:
Sharp scissors, hair cutting size
Large Phillips head screw driver
Large Flat Head screw driver (for prying and lifting sink)
Folded index card for smooshing bubbles
Several straight pens
Hot Glue Gun
Rubber Dishwashing gloves
I live in an old farmhouse and I have nasty stained fake wood counters, no matter what I used to clean them they looked like crap. The first thing I did was remove the "Beading/Trim" section on the back of my counter that joins the wall. Mine was nailed so I just pried it off with a hammer and put it back on the same way.
Secondly if you can; undo your sink clamps. This will allow you to stick the paper right under the edge of the sink rather than trying to cut. I threw away one big piece trying to cut perfectly around my sink.
Third, lift up sections of the sink with the flathead screwdriver and slide small long skinny sections of paper under it. When I first started I had about a 2" outline of contact paper just around my sink. Don't worry the seams won't show, which is a great plus about this paper.
Fourth put the clamps back on the sink or it will wiggle, I put my clamps on last but I should have done it fourth.
Next take large sections and stick them down. I cut long ones the width of the paper. Stick them so they are smooth. This will require one or two resticks and then smooshing down with an index card. Use a pin to pop air bubbles. I stuck the pin in at a 45degree angle, then resmoosh. Don't worry about your edges right now.
***The edges won't stick, they peel up...this is what the hot glue is for in the last step***
Put contact paper everywhere you need it, and smooth it down. If there is a great deal of over hang trim it off with the scissors. You need about 2-3" to work with for the edges.
Finally take the hot glue gun and several sticks of glue ( I had a mini gun a big one may not require so much) and put a rubber glove or garden glove on the hand you aren't using to operate the gun. The glove is so you don't get burned. First put as smooth as possible a pretty thick layer of glue in about a 10" section of the bare counter facing toward you. I cut slits in the over hang paper every 10" so it would be easier. Give the overhang bit a tug a tightly secure it to the counter over the hot glue, the smoosh it down with the hand that's wearing the glove.
Wait about a minute and glue the underside of the counter where the rest of the paper will go, this was kind of an upside down motion with the gun so you may have to hold a glue stick in if it gets low. Then just smooth down the final bit with your gloved hand.
I had to trim the final bit with a razor knife to clean it up a bit, you may or may not have to do this.
Overall this is a great product. It looks fabulous and you can't see seems or where you popped bubbles. The craptastic part is it doesn't stick to the edges...at least not mine. Mine were really rough so if you have nice smooth ones you might forgo the hot glue. But, if you had nice smooth countertops you probably aren't covering them with contact paper.
The only other issue I had with this was it took 4 days for the seller to get around to shipping. I had to email and complain and it magically got shipped and I received it next day; so keep an eye out for that.
Overall I give it 4 stars, just because I had to tweek it with hot glue. But I bought 2 packs for $14 something including shipping and it was worth every penny. It looks amazing.
I've uploaded pics of my counter and final outcome for you. ☺
PS: This is a woman's review if you're a manly contractor dude you may have a better way to do this.