How to Repair a Burn on Laminate Countertop

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Laminate countertops are renowned for their durability, but even under ideal circumstances, damage happens. Over the years, the laminate material sustains scratches, nicks and cuts. These are not that noticeable. Burns, on the other hand, are hard to miss. Heat melts the plastic laminate and leaves a scar that appears impossible to fix. Replacing the laminate countertop is both pricey and time consuming. A few minutes work will help to disguise burn marks and scars on laminate.

Things You'll Need

  • Safety glasses
  • Gloves
  • Abrasive cleanser
  • Scouring pad or steel wool
  • Rags
  • Soft buffing cloth
  • Carnauba wax
  • Epoxy repair kit
  • Sand paper
  • Laminate sealant

Abrasive Removal of Surface Burns

Sprinkle a generous amount of abrasive cleanser, such as Ajax or Comet, over the burn mark. Add 1 tablespoon of water to make it into a paste.

Scrub the burn area with a scouring pad. Steel wool pads work great. Continue scrubbing until the burn mark visibly fades.

Rinse the cleanser off using a rag and clear water. Apply a small amount of carnauba wax to the counter and buff with a soft cloth to a shine.

Using an Epoxy Filler

Fill the burn hole with an epoxy resin mix that matches the counter color as much as possible. Smooth the surface and let the epoxy filler dry.

Lightly sand the repaired area to level the surface. Wipe the area with a damp rag.

Apply a wipe-on laminate sealant product with a clean rag. Laminate sealant products are available home improvement centers. Wait the recommended drying time before using the counter.

Tips & Warnings

  • Laminate is not a heat resistant product, according to the experts at Kitchen Counters. Care should be taken to protect the countertop from hot objects.
  • Wear safety glasses and use gloves when working with the epoxy resin mix.

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