Repairing a Sun Damaged Vintage Formica Tabletop?

September 19, 2010

Remedy for UV Damage to Vintage Formica Table Top - red table topHelp please! While doing some remodeling, my 50's Formica table was left outside, and the sun turned part of the top of the table gray. Is there any fix for this? Please help or I'm going to throw my husband out for doing this ; )


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I don't think there's really anything you can do to repair these sun bleached spots other than setting the table back out in the sun and allow the sun to finish the bleaching but this time don't have anything sitting on top of the table so it will bleach out evenly. Oh, and why is it all your husbands fault? You must have known it was outside for the amount of time it was to have caused this amount of bleaching and could have covered it for protection yourself. ;-)

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My kids bought me a beautiful mid century Formica table. It was a cloudy day, but the table is badly damaged from UV light. I don't think there's any remedy, but does anyone have any ideas?

The leaf was left inside the truck so you can see how it looked originally.Remedy for UV Damage to Vintage Formica Table Top - red table top


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It is possible that you can brighten your tabletop but not sure if it will look like new.
Formica is also known as plastic laminate.

  • Here is a product that says it will restore Formica countertops but I have never used it.
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  • This is what they say will determine if is "fixable". "If the color and luster come back when the surface is clean and wet, then that is how the surface will look refinished.
  • *Sometimes Formica and other surfaces are too far gone to restore. If the surface does not look the way you want when it is clean and wet, unfortunately, nothing cannot restore the surface."
  • My son used a similar product on a an older faded out car and it did a very good job restoring the color but that was a different material; just saying; some of these products do work as advertised.
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