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Question DetailsAsked on 7/15/2016

How to repair burned laminate countertop ?

Hello I have a question regarding my laminated countertop which I have accidentally burned. It has a round burned mark. I have tried applying wall paint however that made it more messy. I'm wondering if they're are any other ways to fix it. Thank you.

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Several ways - and painting is not one. From roughly lest noticeable to more so, in order:

1) Buff/polish out the burn - occasionally it is not full-depth of the laminate a pro can buff through the burned surface to original condition, especially if the burn or blistering was only the protective plaastic film or clear protective finish, not the printed laminate itself

2) have Countertop man cut out and replace a piece of the laminate (the top "printed" layer) in the countertop - though of course means he has to find a matching scrap somewhere (good reason to keep cutoffs when countertop in installed), Will not look perfect, but a good countertop man can cut in a piece with no more visible edges than your other joints like in doglegs in the countertop. Some manufacturers sell patch pieces of old countertop laminate for many years - usually only the laminate veneer, not the entire thickness if an out-of-stock product. Of course, for perfection, that piece of countertop has to be totally replaced - assuming replacement with identical color and pattern is available, or you decide to put in contrasting piece poer 3) below.

3) Replace that section with a contrasting piece of countertop or a "hot pan surface" - can be entire section of countertop you replace (commonly with polished stone or fake stone to be highly burn-resistant), but can just be a foot or so round or square, or even just a small disc or whatever shape inlaid like a hotpad - just a stone or metal or whatever heat-resistant piece set in to look like an intentional coffee cup or pan resting spot, inlaid flush into the countertop.

4) Polish or grind out the burn and replace with either a roughly matching patch compound (especially done with cultured countertops - resin based ones), less likely to blend in well with plastic laminate but there are stainable "body filler" patch compounds that are levelled in and polished smooth, then hand stained to approximate match, then coated for waterproofing.

5) Sticky-back tape or self-adhesive-backed velcro (or just set over it) a decorative trivet or hotpad or such to conceal the damaged spot. Best to make it removeable to be able to clean under from time to time, or if a waterproof material can be fastened on and caulked around the base to keep grundge from building up around there and spills/washing water from getting in underneath.

6) For very small burnt spots, some people just carefully cut or sand away the visibly burnt place, maybe use acrylic paints or such to touch it up to look more like surrounding area, then carefully (with tiny brush) paint it with a clear covering material like fingernail polish (note this is laquer or acetone based commonly, so can "melt" surrounding surface so have to be real careful with it) or clear polyurethane finish till level - several coats likely.

7) Smooth the damaged spot with sanding, then using masking tape cut in whatever pattern you want, touch sand the surface around the damaged point into whatever artsy shape you want, and use totally waterproof artist paints to paint a concealing piece of artwork - or use a permanent glue to adhere some sort of artsy thing and overcoat with polyurethane. Of course, with 5) through 7) the more you affect the countertop with the repair, the bigger the chance a buyer will not like it or want to try to repair the countertop another way - so for resale purposes the inset heat-proof "hot pad" of stone or such is probably safest - also less obvious it is a repair rather than original planned feature. For resale purpsoes again, going with a neutral color that will go with almost anything (including refinished or replaced flooring and cabinets) like gray granite or white marble is probably safest.

8) Say to your spouse - "Oh dear, there is a flawed spot in the countertop - guess now we have to remodel the entire kitchen" - probably as you are running for the hills to avoid spray from the kitchen sink sprayer or flying fruit or such.

9) Similar to 6) above - jack up the chimney cap and replace the entire house (a spinoff of the "jack up the radiator cap and replace the dead car" method).

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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