The laminate on my countertop pulled away from the pressboard, help!

Jeannie Ross
by Jeannie Ross
The laminate on my countertop pulled away from the pressboard, so any suggestions in how to repair it?
It wasn’t caused by water, so The pressboard isn’t damage, I sat a hot pan on a cutting boar, and that’s how it happened. icon
  11 answers
  • Bijous Bijous on Apr 12, 2018

    Remove the caulk that has crumbled and recaulk. This can also happen if the house is settling or if, like me, a teenager jumped up and sat on the countertop and the weight pushed the countertop down.

  • Amy Ogden-Paparone Amy Ogden-Paparone on Apr 12, 2018

    Hi Jeannie,

    I've never seen that happen before, but to me it looks like a defect in the actual making of the counter top. Besides actually replacing the counter top which is a lot of work and expense the only thing I could suggest to you is to use E6000 glue on this. You'd have to carefully apply the glue to the cracked area trying not to get it outside of it and apply weight to it to hold it down until it dries. When it does, it'll dry clear, is safe to wash and is heat and cold tolerant, so it will do the job and last. Once it's done you shouldn't even see where the crack was to begin with. Good Luck!

  • Sharon Sharon on Apr 12, 2018

    Laminate countertops are glued with contact cement, you can buy a small can at the hardware store. You apply to both sides, let dry and when tacky join them back together..... once they touch they are stuck. But do put some heavy weight on it overnight. Then you could run a bead of clear caulk just to seal it from water. Be sure to apply the cement carefully and wipe any off that isn't where it shouldn't be with mineral spirits or acetone.

  • William William on Apr 12, 2018

    If you can use a knife and lift the edge squeeze some GEL super glue under the laminate. Press down hard for the glue to spread and stick. Wipe off any squeeze out with nail polish remover. Place some plastic wrap over it and something heavy on top. Let it stay for several hours or overnight.

    • Jeannie Ross Jeannie Ross on Apr 12, 2018

      Thanks for your reply, If only it was that easy, even my husband can’t force it down, any other suggestions ?

  • Jeannie Ross Jeannie Ross on Apr 12, 2018

    Thanks, I will give that a try, I just need to find something heavy enough to hold it down

  • William William on Apr 12, 2018

    OK. It seems that the particle board has swelled from heat and possibly moisture. Only suggestion would be to use a knife and carefully scrape out as much of the particle board till the laminate can be pressed down smooth. Then you can squeeze some glue under the laminate. Then follow up with pressure and weight.

    • Jeannie Ross Jeannie Ross on Apr 14, 2018

      I know it looks as if the partical board looks is damaged, but it’s not, it is still intact, it is the laminate that is hooved up , but thanks for your great advice

  • Joyce grasso Joyce grasso on Apr 14, 2018

    I have the same except mine is in the front were the two sides meet.

  • Connie Connie on Apr 14, 2018

    If only the laminate is raised, you can use a straw to force the glue under the area that has let go. Pinch the back end of straw shut, drip a manageable amount of glue into the straw, pinch the front end flat and slip under the laminate, squeeze glue in as you go. Refill, continue. Clean off excess glue. Clamp &/or weight. Follow glue directions for drying.

  • Jeannie Ross Jeannie Ross on Apr 15, 2018

    That’s a brilliant idea 😃, I am going to try that, what would be the best glue to use?

  • Connie Connie on Apr 17, 2018

    I used wood glue to fix an edge piece on my counter that had loosened and also to fix a veneer top that had let go from an antique dresser. Worked great. That was about 10 years ago - they are still tight. But I just looked at a bottle of wood glue and it says that it is not recommended for areas that get wet. Someone suggested above to caulk with clear caulk after fixing, so that might eliminate any problems with water loosening it again. Good luck.

    • Jeannie Ross Jeannie Ross on Apr 19, 2018

      I truly don’t have any water damage, it‘s the top that popped up from the press board,