White Ikea table surface is coming off?


it's a thin layer over pressed wood

  11 answers
  • It sounds like the laminate on top is lifting. You will need to reglue it - liquid contact cement is recommended. Use clamps to hold it in place until the glue dries.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jan 17, 2022

    Hi Ann,

    Use Contact Cement

    Contact cement is the best glue to use to glue laminate because it will only stick to itself. Therefore, brush the cement onto the existing countertop and to the back of the laminate pieces. Let the cement dry a bit, say 15-20 minutes. The cement itself will not feel sticky, but will immediately bond with other contact cement. It is very important that the laminate pieces and the countertop do not touch each other. There are two different types of contact cement. Water-based cement will take a long time to dry though this is not flammable. Solvent-based contact cement will set very fast but is extremely flammable. Use caution while applying solvent-based cement and keep the area cool for 24 hours afterward.


  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 17, 2022

    I used a hot glue gun when the laminate was lifting off in my bathroom. Just make sure that the pressboard isn't flaking off before applying glue.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 17, 2022

    Probably painted surface. Lightly rub down and overpaint. Use a spray or a roller applications if you wiah to avoid brushmarks, or you could cover with Contact!

  • Maura White Maura White on Jan 17, 2022

    I'd use a really strong glue and clamps to get it to stay back on. Try this glue: https://amzn.to/3A9BYth and these clamps: https://amzn.to/33IEomv to hold it down while it dries.

  • Dee Dee on Jan 17, 2022

    Loctite Power Grab with some C-Clamps should do the trick.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Jan 18, 2022

    Re glue it and put something heavy on it over night to hold

  • Ann Ann on Jan 18, 2022

    thanks:)need to find something thin,

    yet strong....

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Jan 18, 2022

    Put some glue under it and put a hot iron on a towel and heat it up to make it stick

  • It’s likely a laminate and contact cement will adhere it back on.

  • Betsy Betsy on Feb 03, 2022

    Hi Ann: You should be able to glue it back on. What I use is Gorilla Glue on a Popsicle stick. I put the glue along both surfaces of the stick, put it under the object as far as it will go, slide it back and forth to get a bunch of glue on the top and bottom and along the front edges and then clamp it down, putting waxed paper over the area and the clamps on top of the waxed paper to keep them from sticking to the object. It's easier to get paper off than clamps :)

    Good luck