Our pedestal table has survived three moves and two renovations—and in the process has taken some hard knocks. It wasn’t in perfect condition when I found it on Craigslist. I paid $175, if memory serves, and there were dings and scratches on the pedestal base, which I sanded and painted. In the last move, though, the laminate top was gouged in a very prominent spot. Strategically placed candles got me through. (I do love these colorful candles that I found at Designer’s Guild in Chicago!) But was there a permanent fix for this this chipped laminate? I did some research on how to repair laminate and found a product contractors use to fill seams on laminate counters, called, fittingly, SeamFil. Here’s how it works.
If you’re repairing a laminate countertop (or as in my case, a table top), you’ll need the following materials this project:
- 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
They will color match if you send them a chip, but I just chose their basic white and it proved to be a true match to my aged laminate.
So, ready to repair some laminate?
Step 1: Open the can of solvent.
Step 2: Apply solvent to a clean paper towel.
Step 3: Remove the cap from the tube of SeamFil.
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.
Step 6: Apply a small amount of solvent to a clean paper towel and wipe it across your repair.
Above is the repair after one round of filler. My table gouge is particularly large and deep—much bigger than the example shown in the video. So I decided to add another round of filler.
I waited five minutes, then repeated steps 4-6. Here is how it looked after two layers of filler.
Not perfect by any means. You can still see an indentation. It’s like a little white crater now.
Here’s a close up—before and after two coats.
From a distance, you can’t see that there was ever a gouge.
I haven’t given up my favorite candles, but I don’t have to worry whether they’re concealing a ding.