Asked on Jan 25, 2016

Old desk with hard rubber top needs help

by Callie
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.
old desk with hard rubber top needs help
old desk with hard rubber top needs help
  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?
    • Callie Callie on Jan 25, 2016
      I've tried that too and it doesn't look well at all.
  • Samistic Samistic on Jan 25, 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 25, 2016
    I've tried wood filler (even though it's not wood), I've tried to sand it as well.
  • Callie Callie on Jan 25, 2016
    I'm afraid that is what I'm going to have to do. Thanks.
  • Moxie Moxie on Jan 25, 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 25, 2016
      I doubt it because it is really well done but worth a try. Thanks.
  • Margaret Margaret on Jan 25, 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 30, 2016
    take the top off and flip it over, then refinish the new "top"
  • Yol32806149 Yol32806149 on Mar 02, 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 09, 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 09, 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.