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Repairing a Laminate Counter

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When you have problems with your kitchen or bathroom countertop, there may be ways you can revive it. This is a guide about repairing a laminate counter.
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By 0 found this helpful
May 18, 2010

I tried painting my laminate countertops and it turned out looking awful. They are so ugly. Someone please help me to choose colors that go well together and tell me a good way to apply.

By Mbeth from Mbeth

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May 18, 20100 found this helpful

I would consult your home improvement store. As far as colors that go well together, look at a color wheel, there are all kinds of ways that you can combine colors on the color wheel, depending on what method you like.

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June 7, 20100 found this helpful

Number one, you probably should have used painter's tape around the bowl, and that would have prevented getting paint all over the rim. Once you paint laminate countertops as you have done, my suggestion is to just replace the counter top with a new one. It is VERY difficult and a lot of hard work to take the paint you have put on down to the original laminate. This is why it's best to pre-paint the colors on another disposable surface so that you can tell how they will look together. I have done kitchen countertops that turned out great but when they are worn, I will be replacing them. Once you do the laminate painting, it's pretty much done once and for all. You can repair very small areas with additional paint (if you did a dappling or stippling effect) but beyond this, you cannot really re-do the entire counter top. It's new countertop time!

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June 7, 20100 found this helpful

I don't know what product you used, but I recommend Rustoleum kitchen counter top paint, as it is specifically designed for this. I used it on my kitchen counter tops and it turned out great, however, following ALL the steps is essential. With Rustoleum you DON'T need to do any sanding. You clean your countertops thoroughly and then use ammonia on them or denatured alcohol to further clean. You don't need primer with this product either. It's built into the paint! Also, just trying to sand a little bit and repair is not a good idea. When you have a major problem as you did, you need to re-do the entire top as you mentioned. However, once bubbles appear, they are hard to eliminate and may reappear. Did you properly prep your counter tops? Bubbles are usually the result of improper prepping or trying to lay paint on too fast and too thick. A number of thin coats are better than one or two heavy ones. Again, I like the Rustoleum epoxy-based paint the best for this kind of thing. It's a winner!

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July 3, 20100 found this helpful

I just finished my sister's kitchen last week. I had so much fun doing it. Her counter tops were laminate painted with epoxy paint, so I had to sand, sand, sand. I applied kilz primer and then black gloss, red, brown, then bronzey espresso. Then three coats of clear gloss polyacrylic. It turned out beautiful. I distressed her cabinets as well. I allowed 24 hrs drying time between each paint. It took a while, but it was well worth it. (By the way, I used latex paint.)

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July 8, 20100 found this helpful

I am so sorry you messed up your counter! Try fine steel wool to remove the paint from your sink. Use a painters tape to cover the edges to keep the paint off of it. I see you have chosen browns. As long as you have not sealed it, you are fine to add more paint. I would try tiny bits of a cream color and teeny tiny bits of gold. You could use your browns again as well. I would get styrofoam plates and spread a thin amount of paint over it, and use a plastic grocery bag to apply the paint. Just tap it on. Apply one color at a time and put the color you want the most of on last.

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January 12, 20110 found this helpful

I haven't tried this paint yet but looking at your counter top I think you forgot to do prep work taping anything you did not want painted I think you should by a new sink or use epoxy paint on the sink

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By 0 found this helpful
April 29, 2008

I had a spot on my laminate counter tops in the kitchen. It appeared to be a spot that had been wiped but left a dull finish. I used the Magic Eraser to try to rid of the dull look. The Magic Eraser has eaten the shiny finish off the laminate and left an even bigger dull finish area. How do you repair this look?

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Rhonda from Audubon, IA

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April 30, 20080 found this helpful

That is a danger of using a Mr. Clean Eraser on a shiny surface--the Eraser is abrasive and it will leave a dull area. I did this once on a vinyl floor and all I could do was to leave it alone. In time the normal useage of the floor kind of polished the dull area and you couldn't see it any longer. I hope that will happen to your countertop if you leave it alone and just continue to use it.

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April 30, 20080 found this helpful

Maybe you can track down the manufacturer's telephone number, and perhaps they may have suggestions.
I know some laminates cannot be repaired; I'm not sure if it's true for all types.

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May 3, 20080 found this helpful

Try using Pledge or some other furniture polish on the spot. You will probably need to do the entire counter top area though, because just applying polish to the spot, will probably make that area stand out, like a sore thumb! You might also try WD-40 as a polish. Gel Gloss is another good polish. You might also try applying a small amount of vegetable oil, to the spot. Rubbing the oil off, with a paper towel, after about five minutes.

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 30, 20090 found this helpful

Pledge worked best for us. The spot is still visible, but much less so than before.

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Anonymous
September 16, 20160 found this helpful

Try using old fashioned turtle wax -- I've used it on mine - follow directions

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By 0 found this helpful
March 31, 2008

What can I use to fill in cracks in a laminate counter top before I paint it?

dgregg from Columbus, Ohio

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April 1, 20080 found this helpful

Use plastic wood, it works great and once it's dry you can sand to smooth.

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April 2, 20080 found this helpful

I've done this, I used wood filler putty--just fill, let dry and sand off any excess until smooth.

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April 10, 20080 found this helpful

They make a filler for laminate
H D should have it

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February 3, 20150 found this helpful

Drano splashed on my black stone sink and laminate counter top and left white stains that go away when wet, but come back when dry. Please help me!

By Deb from LA

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February 8, 20150 found this helpful

These are not technically "stains", but are discolorations on the surface caused by the caustic nature of Drano. The colour has been permanently removed, the same as bleach on pair of black pants. You may also have etched the surface of the sink and countertop. I don't know if there is anything that you can do. I would contact the manufacturer of your sink.

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January 4, 20150 found this helpful

I work in a motel that has grey speckled sink counters. A previous housekeeper used something to "clean" that took the finish off the counters and the chrome faucets. I have tried car polish and Armour All to no avail. The counters are not smooth they are textured. Now they are all dull with a white hue. Any suggestions?

By Jennifer

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January 5, 20150 found this helpful

You might find an answer at your local hardware store, flooring and counters store, big box store like Home Depot, etc., or try an online search.

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April 16, 20050 found this helpful

I have 2 knife stab holes in a 9 month old laminate kitchen countertop. Can they be repaired? Should it be replaced? Should I have a piece of butcher block installed? Any suggestions? Thanks,

Mary

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August 11, 20050 found this helpful

I think it all depends on how large the "stab holes" are and how obvious they are. You might try using plain clear nail polish, the thinner the consistency the better. Let the polish "drip", in large drops, into the deepest parts of the holes. Don't brush. Let a big drop or two dry for awhile, then drip another one or two. Let it dry well and gradually over a few days let the drops build up until the hole is filled. I've done this with little knicks and it worked okay......just a little time consuming.

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January 4, 20150 found this helpful

The rounded area in front of my sink, has faded out because my husband's belt buckle wore the paint off the laminated finish. How can I repair the area?

By V. Ellen from UT

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