How To Edge Band Your IKEA Countertops For A Seamless Custom Finish

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Before applying the edge banding to the countertops, ensure the surface is smooth. Use a sander to smooth out the surface, eliminating all splinters and debris. TikTok user @mr.stukov vacuumed the area he cut on the countertop, which you can do to ensure there aren’t any specks of wood around. Then, prep your edge banding by measuring how much you need, laying it flat on the countertop’s edge, and cutting it a couple of inches from the exact measurement. Leaving a few inches from the sides allows you to align the banding perfectly when it needs to be cut. Once your edge banding is measured, apply the adhesive glue to the countertop’s edge and the edge banding. Attach the banding to the countertop and let it set, following the time provided on the can.

After the glue sets, trim the edges with the flush cut trimmer, resting the flat side against the edge to get a clean cut. Then, trim the edges using the edge banding trimmer. Avoid trimming too close to the countertop when using the edge banding trimmer because you can dent the sides, so try to keep it slightly loose when trimming. Finally, use the side of a screwdriver to round and smooth out the sides. Instead of a screwdriver, you can use a sanding block to round out the edges and sand any rough areas left behind by the trimmers.

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