What is the difference between laminate, Formica®, and Wilsonart®?

As we refinish many types of countertops, Miracle Method professionals are often asked if there is a difference between these popular countertop surfaces: laminate, Formica®, and Wilsonart®. The truth is, laminate, Formica®, and Wilsonart® are basically the same; laminate is the material while Formica® and Wilsonart® are the brand names. Both brands come in a wide range of colors and patterns and are widely marketed for kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, and bar counters.

Regardless of how they are branded, laminate countertops are often a popular choice for homes and apartments as they are non-porous, easy to clean, and affordable. However, through everyday use laminate, regardless of brand, can be cut by sharp knives, chipped, or even scorched by hot pots and pans. As with other surfaces, colors and patterns also become dated and tiresome. At some point,  the homeowner or facility manager is faced with what to do with the ugly surface.

Fortunately, Miracle Method can refinish laminate countertops, repairing the chips, burns, and knife marks and saving homeowners the expense and hassle of removal and replacement. Our beautiful Natural Accents™ stone-look finishes come in a variety of colors and will give any kitchen or bath an updated, new look.

To begin the process, laminate surfaces will be cleaned and de-greased, then burns, cuts, or chips will be filled, sanded, and made level. Our technician will then apply our MM-4 bonding agent to ensure our layers of high tech acrylic enamel will permanently adhere. The end result is a beautiful refinished surface that, unlike laminate, can be repaired in case of a chip or knife cut.

Before.... damaged and UGLY!

After.... with a beautiful Natural Accents™ stone-look finish!

Whether your countertops are called laminate, Formica®, or Wilsonart®, Miracle Method can restore damaged or outdated countertops to a like-new look and feel. Visit our website for more information, or contact your local Miracle Method franchise by calling 888-902-0515 or by using our online locator.


  1. Woah says:

    Cool! Why haven’t I heard of this? I need to get this done.

  2. Marjorie Lauterjung says:

    I have already picked out Wilson Laminate for my new remodeled kitchen but trying to find a dealer with you product was difficult, it is going to be my kitchen counter top . My daughter got a sample in Wisconsin and I liked it . I picked it out at Home Depot. I also need the backsplash to match, is that available? I have an older house and might need that to cover up small area on the wall or seams that have been created by the house settling somewhat…

  3. Lee Webb says:

    Hi — We have a bathroom countertop that needs refinishing. Do you serve Naples, Florida? Our address is 113 Pier B, Naples, FL 34112 — Our phone is 239-530-7366

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