Installers should be craftsmen with construction experience. Installers should read the instructions. Follow all OSHA and other safety requirements. StonePly panels are a finished natural stone product. Use care to protect them during installation.
Before you start, store the StonePly, clean and dry, in the room you are installing it in for at least 2 or 3 hours so it will adjust to the temperature and humidity there. As you unpack the StonePly, it should be placed on padding for edge protection. StonePly panels are impact resistant, but the natural stone face can be chipped if dropped or hit.
StonePly can be installed directly onto an existing laminate countertop that is not loose or damaged. Removing old laminate is time-consuming and often results in damage to the underlayment. If the existing laminate is damaged or loose, screw a sheet of cement tile backer board on top of it to provide a solid base for the new surface.
For cutting use a wet diamond handheld circular saw or a 4" angle grinder with a dry cut diamond blade. Place a strip of masking tape over the area to be cut to prevent chipping, and mark the cut line on the masking tape.
Apply 1 1/4" diameter dabs of PL 400 at approximately 6" on center, to the counter top. Spread it with the notched trowel. Press the StonePly panels into place starting at one end.
When cutting out corners, it is simpler to fit the corners with two square-ended pieces of StonePly. Miter cuts will require more precise measurements to fit together properly. If you are unsure, you may want to cut templates in thin plywood or other thin material to test your sizes, then use the templates to cut the StonePly.
These are general guidelines, not full instructions. Every job is different and a competent, experienced professional, skilled in construction, carpentry, safety and proper use of tools should direct the work.