Water damage on press wood kitchen cabinets

by Nancy
How to patch water damage on kitchen cabinets.
Water damaged.
  14 answers
  • Evl1272912 Evl1272912 on Mar 31, 2015
    This looks like mdf cabinets which have not been properly sealed and have swollen as the water was absorbed. I would suggest you sand out as much as you can and use a wood filler to make good the damage. Sand the cabinets and apply an mdf or particle board sealer as per product instructions.
  • Nancy Nancy on Mar 31, 2015
    We sanded the door , it looksgreat . What kind of sealer do you recommend ?
  • Hope Williams Hope Williams on Apr 01, 2015
  • Shawn Shawn on Apr 01, 2015
    Question... how did you sand it? Did you have to use a special kind of grit or sander? Or just get some sandpaper and have at it?
  • Susan E Susan E on Apr 01, 2015
    I would use any good low voc polyverathane in satin finish.
  • Duv310660 Duv310660 on Apr 01, 2015
    You can sand it in the usual way, just don't inhale. You don't know what's in it and it can give you a real throat irritation!
  • Jill Drake Jill Drake on Apr 02, 2015
    Yes always when sanding cover eyes and nose, I forgot to do that one time, and after just half an hour my throat hurt bad........I've heard that you can use a very gentle sanding on MDF, apparently the best carpenters use MEDEX to cover the MDF so to protect from damp, you must have had a lot of steam in your kitchen, with MDF it M&S be kept as airy as poss good luck
  • Jill Drake Jill Drake on Apr 02, 2015
    Also sayin bathroom areas, often the best MDF is best for bathrooms, as wood can swell, must always be good ventilation in these areas.....
  • Charlene Charlene on Apr 05, 2015
    I did the same with my cabinet next to my stovetop. The MDF on one side expanded from the moisture of cooking. I sanded, stained and applied wood veneer to the bottom edge and it looks really nice.
  • Nancy Nancy on Apr 06, 2015
    Thank you all for your advise.
  • Gale Hanaback Gale Hanaback on Sep 07, 2015
    I am trying to understand how to fix my cupboards. What is MDF and what is MEDEX please?
  • I really appreciate your ideas.If your kitchen cabinet has been damaged from water or flood, in my opinion you should contact a right water damage restoration company as they provide the best water damage emergency restoration services with modern technology and equipment which cleans water in an effective way. The machines help in fixing up the place in minimum time preventing any health hazard. Thanks for nice sharing.
    • Lise Lise on Sep 06, 2023

      are you the restoration company and where are you located?

      Do you do North if Brampton

  • B. Enne B. Enne on Dec 16, 2015
    It is important to prime well before painting and top coating. Also make sure you cover every spot, or the swelling can recur...I found that out. Also let dry really well between steps.
  • Jhmarie Jhmarie on Jul 28, 2016
    you may also want to consider looking into buying 2 replacement doors. Maple is a good paint grade wood. Get them unfinished and paint to match the rest of the kitchen. I had two broken doors on a bathroom vanity and a local cabinet maker made me replacements at a reasonable price and I finished them to match the rest of the vanity.