In theory, putting contact paper on your countertops is as simple as it can possibly be; you just roll it out, cut it to the desired size, and stick it in place. The end result. But in practice it is sort of like attempting to wrap presents in a room filled with cats; exasperating at best. Even worse, the end result is subject to the will of fate, which inevitably brings you to the store again until you have finally gotten the roll perfect. You may also find that cutting your scrap into squares when making the contact paper is actually a good idea because it makes it easier to trim away excess paper once you are finished.
It is very hard to get the best out of contact paper for countertops by itself. It can be frustrating to try to just smooth things out without applying any pressure at all or when you have used up all the sticky glue. When you do apply pressure to the surface of the countertop, the bubbles usually go away with a little more force than you expected, but you still don't want to smother the entire countertop in bubbles. Instead, use a combination of squishing and rolling to get the best look from the product.
Rolling the paper into tight balls first helps to prevent some of the bubbles from sticking to the surface. After you have formed the balls, press them gently into the countertop with your hands until they are completely covered with sticky glue. Then, hold the ball in one hand while tapping it against the counter with the other until all the bubbles are smoothed out. This gives you the best chance of getting the smoothest result possible.
Peeling the newspaper is another option that many people turn to. There are various methods of peeling the paper off a counter. You can simply grab a piece of foil, put it on the counter, and poke holes in it. When the foil is removed, all you have to do is peel the newspaper off and replace it onto the same spot on the surface of the cabinet.
When you take the paper out of the package, make sure to carefully inspect the seams for bubbles. If you find them, you are not going to have a smooth surface to work with. Instead, move onto another pattern. This time, go from corner to corner, making sure to press the seam in each one. This will help to smooth out the paper right along with the seam, and make the bubble free.
Another option for smoothing your counter top is to apply an acid based cleaner directly to it. These cleaners will work the best on granite or marble counters but can also work on glass, tiles, and other surfaces with a high degree of wear. Once you have the paper off of the counter top, you are going to want to make sure that you remove as much of it as possible before proceeding. You want to eliminate the acid that can ruin the granite or marble counter top and give you a clean surface to work with.
The next thing you are going to do is clean out the sink hole. When you clean out the sink hole, it will help if you place a cup of baking soda down into the hole to act as a buffer. This way, you are going to reduce the amount of abrasive material that is scrubbing across the counter top, which in turn, makes the paper less likely to leave a mark.
Finally, you are going to press the paper directly against the countertop, making sure that you use just enough pressure to get the paper to stick to the countertop without overdoing it. After you have the paper attached to the counter top, you are going to want to be sure to allow it to dry thoroughly before removing it. If you find that the countertop has been heavily wet, the adhesive may not have been strong enough to hold the paper on, which means it may fall off. Once you have removed the Peel and Sealer from your countertop, you will want to make sure that you take care of any acid that had seeped into the countertop from the adhesive.