Splashed CLR on the counter, any tips on how to fix the stains?

CLR bleached the color out of the laminate counter in spots. We could use some DIY ways to disguise it as a new counter is out of the question. I know we could refinish with a kit but we like the color it is.
bleached out spots on laminate
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Feb 26, 2018

    Paint it with Rustoleum of Gianni countertop restoration kits

  • Susan krom Susan krom on Feb 26, 2018

    You could try to smudge laminate areas using a match of epoxy color paint and then clear coat them, or just redo with a product from daischcoatings.com called spreadstone. Cost to do all is about 99.

  • Paperdoll Paperdoll on Feb 27, 2018

    Other than painting as previously mentioned, I don't know. But, thank you for letting us know that CLR can do this damage.

  • Cathy Cook Cathy Cook on Feb 27, 2018

    You could try a simple stain......, Just circle each bleached spot with wax. Try using a birthday candle. Then apply a tiny drop of stain. Let it soak in. If the laminate is porous enough, the stain may cover just fine. Good luck.

  • John Biermacher John Biermacher on Feb 27, 2018

    The damage seems to be localized. The countertop appears to have a "sand look" with the color of the grains differing from brown, black, and white. Whater the colors buy a can of spray paint of each color (matching a close as possible) and one can of polyurethane spray varnish in the sheen (gloss? semi-gloss? satin?). Mask off the surrounding cabinets, backsplash, and sink with newspaper. Step back and overspray the damaged area with very very light spray alternating the colors. Start with the predominate color and then the fleck colors. I can't stress enough that you just want multiple layers of light overspray of the various colors.

    If you end up with a mess--- just wipe it away with mineral spirit.paint thinner and call it a failure. You are out some time and whatever it costs for your spray paint.

    If you get the coverage/color/look you like--- let it dry and than spray multiple light coats with the varnish.

    I think you will be surprised how durable the urethane can be.

  • Becky Becky on Feb 27, 2018

    I think I'd try using a q-tip or a small sponge to apply paint since the spots are small. There are lots of shades available in acrylic craft paint. It won't last forever, but you can try out some different techniques and then maybe move up to something more permanent after you find out what works.

  • Emily Emily on Feb 27, 2018

    I would do as Becky suggested. If you have canned or bottled paints you can start with some basics and mix to match those on your counter, apply sparingly, check to see if it works and continue till done. If it is not working immediately wipe off and try again.

  • CJ CJ on Feb 27, 2018

    I had a similar problem on an end table with a marble like finish and used Old English Scratch Cover...it didn't match exactly but it blended the color enough that it is not noticeable until you look for it.

  • Sue Van Essen Sue Van Essen on Feb 27, 2018

    Try a sharpie permanent marker. They have a lot of colors out now.

  • Chris aka monkey Chris aka monkey on Feb 27, 2018

    i agree with sue van essen a sharpie permanent mark would probably be the cheapest and easiest way, i hope this helps xx

  • Jet21975954 Jet21975954 on Feb 28, 2018

    I have the same problem, except of spilled it on my brand new stainless steel sink. It's been three years and it still looks like it just happened today. Nothing seems to blend it in. Help!

  • Mcgypsy9 Mcgypsy9 on Mar 05, 2018

    Have you tried contacting the manufacturer of the CLR? I had this happen to me many years ago on a brand new laminate counter and never could get it off.