Asked on Oct 7, 2017

How do I fix water damage on a table made from particle board

Linda SikutMichele Pappagallo


3 answers
  • Linda Sikut
    on Oct 7, 2017

    To my surprise and my hubby's I was able to do that with the shelves of our LZ susan which are made of particle board. When they were new I put some of those vinyl sheets on there to protect the particle board, but over time it began to crack and tear. One day I just ripped most of it off because I couldn't stand to look at it anymore, but I was too lazy to really fix it. As time went on, it got worse so one day I just decided to see if I could fix it. I took everything out of the cupboard and scraped off the rest of that vinyl covering. Then I got out our old sander and started sanding. You could tell that some spots got wet because they were raised. I kept sanding, sanding, & sanding so more. I used a high grit sandpaper but I don't remember what it was. I just kept going until the shelf felt quite smooth. Then I switched to 120 grit and kept going. Finally I finished it with 60 grit. Once that was done, I vacuumed inside the cabinet and used tack cloth to clean up any tiny pieces of dust that was left behind.

    I then painted it with white primer, let it dry, then I sanded it again and repainted. By now it was looking pretty good. After everything dried, I used the tack cloth again and painted it with 2 coats of latex semi-gloss. Once that dried, I once again lightly sanded it and again used the tack cloth to make sure it was clean. I painted on 2 coats of poly (letting it dry in between). I gave it a week to make sure everything was dried and cured then I started putting the things back in my LZ susan. It took quite a while, but there are only 2 of us so I took my time and didn't rush any step. I must say that it turned out well.

    The last step for me was to use some vinyl tiles to create a rim around the bottom shelf, which had gotten cracked & broke. The were only 12" wind and it was 88" around. I glued part of it on the edge of the LZ susan then for second layer I started 1/2 way across the first layer so there would be some strength at the seams. I still have to finish that because some pieces didn't stick together well. I'm going to glue them together the glue a piece of rubber (that's normally used for fixing screens) over the top and down the sides to finish it off. I'm going to paint all of the rims (top & bottom) white, then use a sponge and some gray along with a paint brush to draw in some lines so that it will be faux marble looking. I had stopped working on this project for the summer because there were so many things to do outside! Now that the weather is changing I'm ready to get back to it and get it done.

    If you're going to do this, plan on doing the whole table top - at least in my opinion. There may be other was to do this, but this worked for me.
    • Linda Sikut
      on Oct 8, 2017

      Good luck Amiee. I thought I answered you 2 hours ago but the post isn't there. It may show up later - idk. Anyway just sand, sand, sand and sand some more, the prime, prime (and do it again if you think you need it.) Best of luck to you on your project.
  • Michele Pappagallo
    on Oct 8, 2017

    Unfortunately, this probably cannot be fixed. Water causes particle board to swell, and once it has swelled, there is no way to restore it back to the way it was.
  • Linda Sikut
    on Oct 8, 2017

    You're welcome. Remember, sand, sand, sand, and sand some more. ;)
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