How to repair a chip in a formica countertop

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How to repair a chip in a formica countertop
Repair rather than replace countertops. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Formica offers a stylish countertop at a reasonable cost. Formica provides a durable surface that is easy to maintain making it a popular choice among both homeowners and contractors. It stands up well to daily use, but is not impervious to damage. Accidents cause damage on countertops edges or surfaces, a heavy object dropped on the countertop can cause a chip. The chip in the countertop becomes an eyesore and detracts from the beauty of the room. Repairing chips and restoring the countertop to its original state is possible. Unrepaired chips can lead to water damage. The chipped surface will allow water to seep under the Formica and cause the countertop to bubble and lift.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Utility knife
  • Scraper or flathead screwdriver
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Contact cement
  • Paintbrush
  • Laminate seam filler

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  1. 1

    Cut straight lines around the chip with a utility knife to create a square or rectangle. Cut as close to the original chip as possible. It is easier to patch a clean line than a jagged line.

  2. 2

    Scrape the old adhesive off the exposed area with a small scraper or flathead screwdriver. Only scrape the surface. Do not gouge the substrate.

  3. 3

    Place a piece of paper over the chip and trace the outline. Cut the outline out with scissors to create a template.

  4. 4

    Place the template onto a new piece of Formica and trace the outline. Cut along the outline with a utility knife to form a patch.

  5. 5

    Brush on contact cement with a small paintbrush. If the chip is very small, use an artist brush.

  6. 6

    Allow the contact cement to dry slightly, usually five to 10 minutes. The contact cement should feel tacky when it is ready.

  7. 7

    Place the patch on the tacky contact cement and press in place firmly.

  8. 8

    Allow the contact cement to dry for 30 to 45 minutes.

  9. 9

    Apply laminate seam filler to the edges of the patch to disguise the repair. Laminate seam fillers are available in a wide variety of colours; choose a closely matching colour to blend in with your countertop.

Tips and warnings

  • Save scrap Formica from the installation in case of repairs.

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