How to Repair a Laminate Benchtop – DIY at Bunnings

How to Repair a Laminate Benchtop – DIY at Bunnings


Yes, this is our little benchtop renovation
we’re going to do. First of all, we’ve got a little problem with the laminex bulging
here. As you can see, it’s come right up allowing the water to get into the chipboard underneath.
So what we’re going to do is mark off a small area where we’re going to cut and remove the
damaged piece of chipboard. Okay, to do this, first of all we’ve got our trusty grinder
with a diamond blade on it. We’ve got the face mask, followed by the goggles, gloves
are always important, and the earmuffs because this is going to get quite noisy for a minute.
We get the grinder. Sounds like that, and away we go. I’ll just give it a bit of a flick
here. I think we’re going to be all right here. Look at that. Scrape underneath. Give
it a quick sand with a paper. That looks pretty good. It is a dodgy bit
of chipboard so we can’t expect very much. That looks pretty good. So we mix up now.
We’re using a bit of the old Builders Bog. There, that much Builders Bog. A little bit
of hardener in there, and what we want is a nice, pink color in the end. So we just
mix that in a bit and we just mix that up. We’re getting there now. Place a bit of
the filler on the blade. Go along the area like so, going over the top. You can be a
quite proud with this. It doesn’t matter. We can take it off later on, because what
we want is a nice smooth finish. It doesn’t look too bad, maybe just a rag. Let me just
clean that off a bit. Then we let that dry, sand it back, and face it up, and it should
give us a pretty good surface. All right, we’ve got rid of our laminate. What I’m going to do is scrap off the excess
so I grab probably a chisel and a scraper to start with, and a bit of 120 sandpaper
which is a bit courser. So what we do first is go around the outside. It doesn’t matter
if we scratch the benchtop a little bit because we’ve got to sand it back probably anyway.
Some loose stuff there. We’re going to use a bit of 120 now. Getting all the excess especially
off the benchtop before we prime. We make sure we get that by using a heavier, grip
sandpaper. And I’ve got that pretty good with the coarser sandpaper so I’ll just dust that
off and I’ll grab a little bit of the 240, and we’ll just run over that patch just to
make it ready for priming. Okay, the benchtop now. It’s just about right for painting. We
can put the primer on top of that. You run across these problems quite a few times when
renovating. Come down and see us, we can give you what you want and any advice you need.

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