How do I Repair a Melamine Door?

Updated March 23, 2017

Melamine is a common covering used by cabinet and furniture makers because of its smooth, hard surface. Having a crack, chip or scratch in a melamine door is unsightly. To repair these imperfections, you can use all-purpose putty followed by melamine paint. You can find melamine paint at most home-improvement stores. If your store does not carry the paint, consider purchasing it online.

Remove the door from its hinges and set it on a flat surface in a well-ventilated area.

Mix trisodium phosphate in a bucket with the amount of water recommended by the manufacturer. Use a rag soaked in the mixture to clean off any dirt or grease on the door.

Apply all-purpose putty to any deep cracks, scratches or chips with a putty knife. Allow the putty to dry.

Sand the door with 100-grit sandpaper to give the primer a good bonding surface. Wipe away any dust with a rag.

Use a roller to apply one coat of primer to the door. Allow the primer to dry completely; it typically takes about four hours.

Sand the door lightly with 200-grit sandpaper. Wipe away any dust with a rag.

Apply three thin coats of paint to the door with a roller. Use even pressure and movements to ensure a smooth surface. Allow each coat to dry before applying another.

Allow the door to cure overnight. Be careful with the melamine surface while rehanging the door; it can take up to four days for the surface to harden completely.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Trisodium phosphate cleaner
  • Bucket
  • Rags
  • All-purpose putty
  • Putty knife
  • 100-grit sandpaper
  • Melamine primer
  • Roller
  • 200-grit sandpaper
  • Melamine paint
Cite this Article A tool to create a citation to reference this article Cite this Article

About the Author

Based in Lakeland, FL., Heather Montgomery has been writing a popular celebrity parenting blog and several parenting and relationship articles since 2011. Her work also appears on eHow and Everyday Family and she focuses her writing on topics about parenting, crafts, education and family relationships. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in early education from Fort Hays State University.