Hot items can literally destroy a laminate counter. The thin plastic laminate material is not made to withstand high levels of heat let alone a burning cigarette, hot metal, or a flame. The cheap plastic laminate can only handle a certain amount of heat, and items such as hot pans, irons, and smoking materials can cause a considerable amount of damage. However, it is possible to repair and disguise a burn on a laminate counter in a few simple steps.
My daughter recently burned the laminate counter in our rented home with a hot iron we were using for a craft project, and I had to find a way to repair the burn. The results I achieved with nothing short of amazing. Much to my surprise, the repair blends in seamlessly with the rest of the counter. After adding tiny dots like those on the rest of the counter, the burn repair will not be visible to anyone that does not know where it is. Try the method I used to repair a small burn on a laminate counter, and save money over replacement or professional repair.
Begin by Removing the Melted and Bubbled Plastic Laminate
When a plastic laminate counter is severely burned, the burn mark will become very brittle and blistered in appearance. It might even have holes or cracks in the surface of the burn. When the laminate counter is no longer smooth because of a burn, it is necessary to remove the burned material before making the repair. Press on it with a finger and it will crack and chip away. Remove all of the damaged laminate. Beneath it you will see wood similar to particle board that is the base of the counter.
Sand the Edges of the Burn with an Emery Board
After removing the burned bubbled material from the laminate counter, sand the edges of the burn mark with an emery board or a small piece of sandpaper. This will help get rid of any rough spots left behind while creating a smooth surface. Use a clean dry cloth to brush away any dust or particles before making the repair.
Mix Latex Craft Paint to Match the Base Color
Next, mix latex craft paint to match the base color of the laminate counter. This step is not always easy, but keep trying by mixing small amounts of paint until a perfect match is achieved. Stir in acrylic craft paint hardener for a durable finish, and be sure to follow product label instructions. Use a small craft brush to apply the paint to the area of the burn where the laminate is missing. To make it less apparent, do not apply the paint further than one or two millimeters past the edges of burn.
Add Details to Make the Burn Repair Blend In
Unless the counter is solid in color, details must be added or the burn repair will not blend in. Mix additional paint to match the details on the counter, and use a craft brush with a size 0 to 000 tip for best results.
My laminate counter is covered in small light brown and cream-colored marks. I applied flecks of paint after the basecoat dried with a tiny craft brush and a toothpick. The burn mark is no longer visible, and the repair is barely noticeable. The repair on the counter looks far better than the burn mark did.
Avoid the Repair When Cleaning the Counter
Latex paint is not indestructible, even when hardener is added – especially on a kitchen or bathroom counter or another area that is wiped and cleaned on a regular basis. Avoid the area of the burn repair when cleaning the counter. If this area of the counter is avoided, the burn repair will last for years to come. If the match is very close, the area of the burn repair will not even be visible unless it is pointed out.
Source: Personal Experience