How to Fix a Chipped Laminate Table Top

Written by j. johnson | 13/05/2017
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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Things you need

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

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