How to Install Worktops and Worktop Storage

Product Weight (Minerelle)

  • 650mm x 4100mm = 83 kg
  • 650mm x 2050mm = 41 kg
  • 900mm x 2050mm = 58 kg

Learn more about Joint placement and Layout

  • When you are ready to install your worktops it is important to know how you will place the appliances. This will help you to locate the joints.
  • Minerelle is well known for a seamless look. That is why it is very important to take accurate measurements.
  • If your counter is longer in length then 4100mm butt joints may be used to accommodate the customized length.
  • The process of seaming can be customized in your workshop before transferring them to the site. Because the seam area is fragile handle with care.
  • Before installing the worktops make sure that all joints are located. To ensure a perfect fit.
    • all joints must be located before installation
    • you must have a minimum offset of 100mm from cut-outs, including dishwasher space which must be on one particular side of the appliance
    • always check to see if draw bolts will need to be inserted before adding the upper panel.

Securing the site

When you are preparing for installation there are a few steps you should take to secure the site.

The temperature at the installation area should be adjusted accordingly. If the temperature is cold then it will take longer to cure the adhesive but if the temperature is too high the curing process may happen too quickly to use. Keep the temperature between 16 degrees Celsius or 60 degrees Fahrenheit and 26 degrees Celsius or 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Preparing the Site

Once you buy Minerelle kitchen worktops it will be just a matter of time before you will see the finished result. Before you prepare to install the worktops you must first perform a simple check to make sure that everything is right. This will save you a lot of time and money in the long run. First check to make sure that the carcase components are not only installed properly but they are joined to the wall as well. You want to also check that the units are plumbed and are leveled in both the directions.

Once you have checked all the above it is time to unpack all the worktop units and double check to ensure that the site dimensions are corresponding with the drawing. Check all your supplies and make sure that you have adequate adhesive to finish the job. You will also want to check details to make sure you have the right colour. Lastly, check to ensure that the cut-outs are all accurate to ensure a great fit.

Tools Needed

In order to prepare for your installation you will need to keep the following list of tools on hand in order to ensure a successful installation. All of the tools listed are general tools except for the random orbital sander. This is a tool that you need to have available for different laminate worktops.

  • Silicone sealant
  • Cutters and router
  • Hand drill
  • Worktop Jig, If a mitered joint is specified
  • Sand paper and sander based on the finishing and seaming instructions
  • Jig saw
  • Dust mask
  • Safety glasses
  • Dust sheets
  • Heat Tape
  • Seaming adhesive and applicator gun
  • Masking tape
  • Jointing bolts, you will need three bolts per 650 mm joint
  • Joining biscuits
  • Denatured alcohol
  • Clean white rags
  • Slip cramps, either 'G' or 'A'

What you should look for in Routers

When you buy Minerelle kitchen worktops you will be anxious to get them installed. When you are installing your Minerelle worktops you will need a router. Use this opportunity to buy a router but make sure you buy a durable and sturdy one that will last. Make sure your router has enough wattage to do the job. For example, for scribe and butt joints as well as edge dressing you need a minimum of 1200 watts. You also need 1600-2100 watts to make the appropriate hob and sink cut-outs with a minimum rotation speed of 18,000 rpm.

You also need to look for router cutters having top-quality tungsten carbide and double fluted that offers a 12mm shank. You should also look for the 6mm quality grooving saws that have at least a 4-wing with a solid arbour support. The support should have a12mm shank. In order to find this type of router you should look for Titman HD650 or an adjustable type like the ADG5-9 with Arbout HDGA. You can also purchase a detachable extraction unit to help reduce the dust and shavings when you are working in a home.

Sanders

When you are in the market to purchase sanders for your new project you need to know a little bit about them before you purchase anything. You can purchase air driven or electric sanders and you must have a minimum speed of 10,000 rpm with a 3/32 inch orbit. It is also recommended that you purchase a 150mm pad diameter to go with the sander. There are several grit sizes to choose from but the most recommended for this type of project would be:

  • 180 grit for getting rid of deep marks and adhesive bead
  • 240 and 320 grit for the finishing
  • Scotchbrite 7448 for the surface finishing along with Finesse-It finishing compound

When you buy Minerelle kitchen worktops you may need to complete the full surface on site. In that case, you need a good finishing compound that can be secured from local stockists.

Saws

You also need to consider saws when you are doing your home project. Saws are important for several reasons. Make sure that you have the right saw to finish the job correctly. The most commonly used saw is the Minerelle saw. This sliding table saw has several benefits to it including crosscut to a fresh length. The saws will provide a chip free cut that is required in order to have a fine edge dressing. You will need to purchase the triple chip-tungsten carbide tipped, or TCT blade. A 260mm/300 mm diameter with 60/72 teeth is recommended.

Table saws can be used with about 25mm of saw blade over the panel top; you can slowly cut through the panel. You may choose to use a circular saw (hand held). This saw is led along a dead straight line on the edge that is held by a clamp to Minerelle. You can use the saw at your shop or onsite. Remember that the saws are not for the final finishing edge, the router does that.

Jig Saws

When you use a jig say you will be able to customize the Minerelle worktops to meet your preference. The jig saw is used for cutting the usual laminate tops to fit hob and sink cut outs in order to create that perfect fit. To ensure that the rest of the surface does not become cut while using the saws you can cover the entire area that you need to cut with good quality masking tape. This will help you stay on the right line. Jig saw blades may need to be replaced more frequently when cutting Minerelle due to its composite nature.

Note: When you buy Minerelle kitchen worktops make sure that the blade you are using to cut the surface is very sharp to lessen the chances of chipping the other part of the surface.

Safety and Health

While working with Minerelle poses no identified hazards it is still a good idea to practice good safety techniques when working with tools, adhesives and other products to make sure that you and all your workers stay safe. When you machine Minerelle components a vapour containing methyl-methacrylate is released so it is very important to always maintain proper ventilation.

It is important to follow all safety rules. Sanding indoors may pose more of a mess than anything. Still the sanding Minerelle will leave sand all over and around the work surface. It is best to use a good spray bottle filled with water to mist the surface before wiping it down to minimize the quantity of sand and dust that will float in the air. Prepare your crew and yourself for lifting the heavy products and materials that you will be working with. Sometimes they can be very heavy and if not prepared it may cause an injury.

Mitchells has Data Sheets for Material Safety available for worktops and the adhesive used to install them.

How to prepare Joint Areas

When it is time, you can take out the ridge of the adhesive using a Random Orbital Sander that has a 180 grit abrasive disc. Ensure that you do not sand too hard on the surface in one place or you will end up with a groove that is too deep to repair. You can move from the 180 grit to the 320 grit. This will allow you to blend the area that you have sanded into the factory finish. Remember to use the water mister to keep down the sand and dust. It is advisable that you use the extraction as well so the shavings and dust will not coat the kitchen décor.

Scribe and Butt Joints

When you buy Minerelle kitchen worktops you want to make sure that you have all of your supplies to install your new project. Without being properly prepared you may need to delay your project until later. You need to make sure that you have the right amount of butt and scribe joints. When the Minerelle units are customized at the final length it is important that you lay out the worktop in order to verify the final length. You want to measure the final dimensions in relation to the drawing plan but make sure that the inside corners and the open ends are in site.

When the directions specify a scribe and butt joint you can use the standard worktop scribe and butt jig. Router in the dog-bone recesses to a depth of 25mm. This will allow level pull on the entire surface. You will also need to use three even spaced dados that can be made with a biscuit jointer and a #20 biscuit to help align and strengthen the surface.

There are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Avoid using the cellulose thinners when cleaning
  • To get a tighter seamed joint you need to make sure that the dry fit is very tight
  • When you use a new router cutter rub the oil film off so you don't dirty the joint
  • Prepare the dog-bone recesses when using the worktop-jointing bolts to a good recess depth of 25mm.
  • Clean the dust, markings, and remove the grease using Imanol and a dampened white cloth. This will help you prepare the joint faces and clean up the edges.
  • When you use a cloth that is coloured you take the chance of colour contamination.
  • Once you have the edges cleaned do not touch them. When you buy Minerelle kitchen worktops you want to spend your time on all the details.
  • Be very cautious on light colours because the edges and the top can get marked pencils. If they are not cleaned the proper way then the pencil mark can look like a dark shadow
  • You must always wait 5 to 8 minutes before you join the joint together and carry out any final alterations necessary before it is complete.

Cramping Sequence

When clamping, you need to ensure that the joint looks secure. If you have any gaps this may dry that way permanently. It's a good idea to add Minerelle seaming adhesive in biscuit dados and then insert biscuits. Add three drops of seaming adhesive down the full stretch of the joint to provide good coverage from top to bottom. You want to also assemble the joint and draw joints with each other by using the sash clamps and draw-bolts. When you are drawing the joint tighter you need to make sure that you align the front profile correctly. Make sure that the surface is flat and level before leaving it to cure. If you see excess adhesive you can remove it from the 90 degree joint on the front inside corner. This is done by chamfering a 90 degree portion of wood or you can use a plastic tool. You can let the joint dry for 30 to 35 minutes. During this time make sure that you avoid touching the surface. You can only take off the adhesive by sanding after it dries. You can wipe any spill with Imanol. Because the adhesive has a strong odour you may want to lessen the odour by leaving the kitchen doors open. When you buy Minerelle kitchen worktops per customer specs you will be installing good quality products that will last for a long time.

50ml Cartridge system preparation

It's important to note the record of adhesive colours that are attached. You will see that they match the Minerelle patterns. You need to make sure that every cartridge will seam/joint two 650mm joints. Always make sure to replace the cap after every application to ensure reusing the applicator over and over. You can keep the same one for up to 12 months from the date it was filled. The adhesive is considered a 2-part system which has pigmented adhesive in 1 section and hardener in the other section. When mixed together they supply the right combination of the two for a long lasting seal. Wash from skin immediately upon contact.

Edge Bonding and Preparation

Always give room for the process of end capping when cross cutting worktop blanks to length. You can tape in the edge strip, place and verify the finishing measurements when you router the edge. Ensure to apply 3 adhesive beads to the edge of the strip. When you apply the edge strip make sure to press into its position. Then cramp into position using the blocks and tape or any other cramps you may choose to use. When the adhesive has had time to dry you may want to sand worktop's underside so you can have a smooth clean finish in the end. Use the 50mm sand paper for this task.

Forming Edges

If you have special edges that are not your standard corners you can form Minerelle edges to fit. In order to make the adhesive stick you need to clamp the edges in place of the shape of the corner. For a tighter corner you may need to warm the edge to make it more flexible to customize. When you buy Minerelle kitchen worktops you need to take extra precaution to make sure that the room temperature is a steady 20 degrees Celsius

Splashbacks amd Upstands

When adding a splashback you need to first make sure that the walls are nicely dry and clean the surface of the splashbacks. Once installed you may want to sand the edges for a more finished and professional look. Use 12mm with an adhesive that will work well with this texture.

Finishing

You may have noticed that this manual has provided information to help you with new fitting and fabricating Minerelle worktops. When you are ready to finish your worktops you can follow these tips to help you complete your project.

You need to have the following tools in order to finish:

  • safety glasses
  • Finishing compound - recommended: Finesse-It 3M
  • Random Orbital Sander with an extraction unit
  • Counter top Magic for cleaning
  • Non-woven Abrasive pad - recommended: Grey
  • Dust Mask
  • Abrasive discs - recommended: 180, 240 and 320 grit

The Final Finish

This is the look that everyone will see so you want the final finish to be perfect. In order to make that happen here are a few tips.

  • If you want a matt finish look, you will need to sand the surface with the 180 grit abrasive disk. Once you have went over the entire surface use the 240 grit. Finish up with the 320 grit. Next you need to buff with the random orbital sander using the grey abrasive pad. You can then complete this process by using the 320 grit under a standard flat bed sander.
  • You should sand about 45-90 seconds/ sq foot with each sanding
  • If you have more apparent scratches you need to put fourth more effort to finish
  • You can use 320 grit finish on the joint area and then put the finishing material to the entire surface using a cloth. When you buy Minerelle kitchen worktops you want to make sure you have everything that help you to install successfully.
  • It is recommended that you use a Scotch Brite O pad. After sanding you can use the polish on the entire surface to achieve the final result. Finish off with the Countertop Magic.

Tools required for Cut outs

You will need the following tools to complete the cut outs:

  • Dust mask
  • Safety glasses
  • Drill and drill bit
  • Jig saw or a heavy duty plunge router
  • Heat reflective tape
  • Straight Edge guide for an HD Router
  • Silicone sealant
  • 3mm radius profiling cutter and bearing, recommended: Titman ROCB 3
  • TCT Router Cutter: 12mm diameter x 50mm

General Topics

Do not allow the butt seam to expand into a cut out. You must set the butt joint seem off from all the cut outs, also watching out for appliances such as dishwashers or appliances by a minimum of 100mm.

Do not use the machine to cut out the centrepiece if you cut at a workshop. If you remove the centrepiece it will weaken the worktop and may cause breakage when transporting. You need to make the cut across the surface and towards the core. This will equal a depth of 35mm all around the cut out. Next you will need a router cutter to go through the last 5mm, on all corners and approximately 100mm on each side. The left over 5mm of core can be sawed with a Jig Saw once you get the worktop on site. Use a pencil to mark off where you need to saw. Make sure that you cut the upper edge of the cut out by using the 3 mm radius cutter. Purchase the clear sealant when you buy Minerelle kitchen worktops.

Hob Cut Outs

Allow 1/4 inch, or 5mm clearance when you are identifying the hob cut-outs of the hob box. Once you cut out, apply aluminium tape that is heat reflective around the entire rim. Make sure that you leave an equal rim on the top and the edge on the bottom of the worktop. You cannot fasten a cooker hob to the surface. This will keep the heat from building up and causing cracking.

Heat Studs

You can order heat strips from the distributor. When adding the heat strips you need to drill a hole that is not deeper than 20mm. Insert the strip into the hole and fill with clear silicone. Wipe off all excess silicon.

Sink Cut Outs

When you are ready to clamp the sink to the workshop, use the clear silicone to help seal the rim of the sink to the worktop. Make sure to seal all exposed chipboard edges. Machine a radius cut around all internal corner cut outs using the 8mm

Product Repair

You can purchase the Minerelle repair joint, chips, or edges repair kit. This kit comes in a two part product. To use your repair kit you mix the particles and resin with the catalyst that is provided. When you purchase a kit you get:

  • 1 250 ml tub of repair compound
  • 1 bottle of catalyst
  • 1 200 ml bottle of Imanol cleaning solution
  • 1 pair of latex gloves
  • 2 paper cups
  • 2 stirring sticks

The repair kit will last for three months from the date it was filled.

Steps to repairing

When you want to repair your worktops you need to know:

  • Remove the section to repair or tape off with a masking tape
  • Cleanse the section with Imanol. This can be purchased when you buy Minerelle kitchen worktops.
  • Mix the ingredients of the repair compound as directed on the instructions.
  • Fill a paper cup up 1/4 of the way with a mixture of the compound and seven drops of the catalyst. Mix thoroughly. Using too much catalyst can cause discoloration.
  • Do not allow the mixture to touch your skin. Wash the area immediately if your skin comes in contact.
  • Allow to stand 4-6 hours to set.
  • Sand off to desired finish

Then your project is complete. Enjoy your new kitchen worktop.