Asked on Jan 25, 2016

Old desk with hard rubber top needs help

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I have a very old desk that is in great condition except for the top. It is that old, hard rubber and it has a lot of dings and gashes (for lack of a better term). I have tried to fill some in with filler and it doesn't work. It can't be removed as it would damage the desk. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.
14 answers
  • Janet Pizaro
    Janet Pizaro
    on Jan 25, 2016

    What type of filler did you use?

  • Margaret
    Margaret
    on Jan 25, 2016

    How about redoing the top with chalk paint?

  • Samistic
    Samistic
    on Jan 26, 2016

    My Hubby made a new top for a desk that had a crack across the top. He applied the new top using would glue and finishing nails.

  • Callie
    Callie
    on Jan 26, 2016

    I've tried wood filler (even though it's not wood), I've tried to sand it as well.

  • Callie
    Callie
    on Jan 26, 2016

    I'm afraid that is what I'm going to have to do. Thanks.

  • Moxie
    Moxie
    on Jan 26, 2016

    I wonder if you could get the rubber top to release from the wood by applyinf heat with a hair dryer?

    • Callie
      Callie
      on Jan 26, 2016

      I doubt it because it is really well done but worth a try. Thanks.

  • Margaret
    Margaret
    on Jan 26, 2016

    Well OK - how about a very thin piece of plywood to cover the entire top of the desk, add a nice trim to it and paint that?

  • MN Mom
    MN Mom
    on Jan 26, 2016

    How about purchasing a piece of faux leather and trimming it to the size of the desk top and the having a piece of glass cut to layer on top of that. You would then have a custom leather top desk and it would be protected from future damage.

  • Keemee
    Keemee
    on Jan 26, 2016

    Have you thought about vaneer?

  • Lreg
    Lreg
    on Jan 26, 2016

    I think you could use a filler like what they use on solid surface counters. Or perhaps use Bondo. I have a desk that I needed the top to be bigger. My DH made a top and then used leather mat board. No glass needed. Trimmed it with cherry. Looks good, isn't cold like glass. I had that previously and hated it.

  • Sheila
    Sheila
    on Jan 31, 2016

    take the top off and flip it over, then refinish the new "top"

  • Yol32806149
    Yol32806149
    on Mar 3, 2018

    Leave it the way it is. Those desks are AWESOME. Can't get them anymore. I have one myself. Took all that crud these people are suggesting off the top with no idea what i'd find underneath and STRUCK GOLD.
  • Donna
    Donna
    on Aug 9, 2020

    So how do you actually care for your rubber top desk. I love mine, but lately it is sticky and absorbs everything. Can you help? Can you date this desk?

  • Redcatcec
    Redcatcec
    on Aug 9, 2020

    I think the idea by MN Mom is a good one, very impressive to have a leather topped desk, you could match it to your decor, maybe even decorate the edges of it.

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