Repair: Laminate Countertops
How It Works
Fill in the imperfection with a material designed especially for the purpose of repairing laminate counters. This material bonds mechanically to the laminate’s substrate. The substrate is that dark, flaky-looking material below the wear layer.
SeamFil or similar.
- Clean the crack or gouge with a special solvent.
- Press the repair material into the crack/gouge with a smooth putty knife.
- Remove excess repair material with the special solvent.
How Good is the Repair?
Fair. Repairing laminate countertops is the worst of all. In fact, the difficulty of laminate repairs is one of the reasons why some homeowners shy away from purchasing this type of countertop material.
Matching color is hard. Even though manufacturers like SeamFil provide color charts, this is dependent on you knowing the laminate counter’s color in the first place.
Both Formica and Wilsonart are well-known brands of laminate countertops. But you’re in for a difficult repair. Black & Decker’s Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair sums it up perfectly, when they say, “Laminates are durable and stain resistant, but unfortunately, their surfaces are usually impossible to repair.” I tend to agree.