How to Fix a Chipped Laminate Table Top

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How to Fix a Chipped Laminate Table Top
Fixing chipped laminate is a simple DIY project. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

A laminate table top can actually look more durable and expensive than it is. While laminate can offer a rich, colourful texture that mimics much finer and more costly material, it's still basically resins and paper bonded with heat and lots of pressure. It's not that difficult to get a chip in laminate on a heavily used area, such as a table top. However, this does not mean you have to replace the entire surface or the table. There is a simple way to fix a chip in the laminate.

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Things you need

  • Razor knife
  • Putty knife
  • Sample laminate
  • 100 grit sandpaper
  • Contact cement

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  1. 1

    Cut out an even chunk of the laminate around the chip using a razor knife. A perfect square, for instance, is easier to fix on the table top.

  2. 2

    Clean out the area underneath the square you removed with a putty knife.

  3. 3

    Get a sample of laminate that matches the laminate on your table top. Use the razor knife to cut out a square the same size as the chip that needs fixed.

  4. 4

    Place the laminate sample into the space. If it's too thick, use 100 grit sandpaper to sand the back down.

  5. 5

    Put contact cement onto your sample and the empty space on the table top. Wait half an hour so the cement has time to set.

  6. 6

    Place the sample piece carefully into the space. The cement will bond instantly, so you must get it perfect the very first time. Push the piece into place.

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