How to repair faux wood material on vanity?

The material on this bathroom vanity started peeling off after just a couple months. Didn’t realize it was a faux material otherwise would’ve taken more care to dry off water spills immediately. No help from big box home improvement stores-they didn’t have ANY suggestions. Anyone know a good fix besides replacing the entire vanity?
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  • 17335038 17335038 on Jun 27, 2018

    Does this vanity have the sink mounted in it, or a vessel sink on it? What is the counter top made out of? Is there anywhere else on the vanity that is damaged from water, or just the portion in the picture that you posted?

    If you could post a couple of more pictures of the unit, that would help us to understand your dilemma.

  • Sara Sara on Jun 27, 2018

    Hi Jennifer, your in luck as the wood is either hard or soft wood and not MDF. so gently peel /sand of the cracked up area and take a chip into a DIY store to get a matching wood stain and wet area poly, to your desired satin or gloss finish.

    Dust and apply the stain wait till it dries and then apply more to match colour. You may need to sand slightly to remove raised bumps, apply the poly and gently sand then apply another coat. Ensure you read and follow the instructions.

    Be warned you may be bitten by the DIY bug!

    Have fun Sara

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    • Sara Sara on Jul 18, 2018

      Hi William thanks for the eyes; even particle board will take on a stain and mimic a real wood grain/ look, so this will work. so this is still possible and will prevent the need to completely replace the vanity along with the added costs.

      Whereas MDF as its fine sawdust and doesn't have a grain therefore you wont get the desired look.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jun 27, 2018

    Hi Jennifer, I was just going to say exactly the same as Sara - Australia.

    It is wood and just wants cleaning off and refinishing.

  • Bijous Bijous on Jun 27, 2018

    Hi Jennifer, you have a thin veneer on the countertop. The water got under it and lifted. You will need:

    1. Contractor's glue (such as gorilla that glues all sorts of things including wood

    2. Small foam brush

    3. Painter's tape (only use painter's)

    4. Something heavy, like books

    Use the brush and using a thin coat of glue, cover the area. Smooth down the veneer and tape.

    Use small stripes of tape and pull tight from top to edge so the veneer lays flat. Use quite a few pieces. The veneer will want to curl back up.

    Avoid the area for a least 12 hours to give the glue time to dry. Remove the tape pulling it towards the edge.

    Coat entire counter, especially the seams, with bartender's epoxy. That will seal the wood going forward.

    Good luck!

  • William William on Jul 16, 2018

    Looks like particle board with fake wood veneer glued/bonded on. Is that the top, door, or drawer? Better photo would help.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jul 17, 2018

    Hello again,, Sorry, pictures not good on my PC. The answer is to buy some edge strip and glue it back on ,removing the old first. available at DIY's.