Our pedestal table has survived three moves - and in the process seen some hard knocks. It was not in perfect condition when I bought it off Craigslist. I paid $175, if memory serves, and it had many dings and scratches on the pedestal base. In our most recent move, though, the laminate top was gouged in a very prominent spot. I've been concealing the gouge with strategically placed candles that I found at Designer's Guild in Chicago. I do love these colorful candles! But to hide the chipped area, I have to place them off-center.
It is time that I do something about this chipped laminate. But what to do?
If you are repairing a laminate counter top (or as in my case, table top), you will need the following:
- Tube of SeamFil, color-matched to your counter top
- SF-99 Solvent
- Putty knife
- Pliers and Screw driver to open solvent lid
- Scrap piece of cardboard to mix the SeamFil on
- Paper towels
- Protective gloves
SeamFil and the SF-99 Solvent are manufactured by Kampel and can be purchased online at Amazon or the American Technology Inc. website, where you will also find this how-to video.
So, ready to repair some laminate?
Step 1: Open the can of solvent. The lid is very tight. I had to use a pliers to budge it. Once you get the cap off, use a screwdriver to break the metal seal.
Step 2: Apply solvent to a clean paper towel and thoroughly wipe the chipped area that you will be working on. Allow the solvent to dry.
Step 3: Remove the cap from the tube of SeamFil. Turn the cap around and use the convex tip to puncture the tube. Squeeze a dab of SeamFil out onto a clean piece of cardboard.
Step 4: Using your putty knife, smooth the filler back and forth until it thickens.
Step 5: Fill the gouge in your laminate with SeamFil, then scrape off the excess. Allow the filler to cure about 5 minutes.
Step 6: Apply a small amount of solvent to a clean paper towel and wipe it across your repair.
Above is my repair after one round. Note: My table gouge is particularly large and deep - much bigger than the example shown in the video. So I decided that it would look better with another round of filler.
I waited five minutes, then repeated steps 4-6. Here is how it looks after two layers of filler.
The next day, I added a third coat. This time I worked the filler longer, until it started to mold and I put a dollop into the crater. I then took a piece of very thin and stiff postcard stock paper and scraped it across the mound of filler to flatten it. That filled the crater nicely.
From a distance, you can't see that there was ever a gouge.
It looks good enough that I can now center the candles on the table.
Symmetry is bliss!