Hi all, I have a question about how best to seal chip board? I have a cupboard that has water damage along an edge and has split. I just want to seal it to prevent further damage but am not worried about cosmetic look. Any ideas!?
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Thank you for sharing your question about your damaged chipboard.
Looking at the photo it seems that there is already a certain amount of water damage. I suggest the following steps:
This repair should blend in nicely until you decide to replace the benchtop.
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Based on just wanting to stop further damage and not worried about its look - If it was mine Id test a small spot underneath the benchtop with a tiny amount of superglue or perhaps liquid nails? and wait a couple days. Check if its discoloured or melted the laminate and if its actually stuck there ok. If it seems ok - id pump glue into the lifted section - and then clamp the whole thing down for a couple days (make sure you remove any excess glue before it dries and making sure you havnt glued the clamps to the bench also lol) And depending on how it looked at the end maybe paint the benchtop?
Or, Have you looked at how the benchtop is mounted? If its easy to remove perhaps its faster and easier just to put a new top on? Or pehaps its possible to spin the benchtop around to hide the damaged side against the wall?
Most of the edge trim is put on with hot melt glue, the heat gun/hairdryer may come off and that is not such a bad thing as you can then get to the raised edge.
Test with a clamp to see if the water damaged edge will come back or you may need to remove some material with a Stanley knife or similar.
Some aluminium rhs makes for a good glue up as wood glues won't bond to it, once it is set you can put the end trim back on with some epoxy (that will bond with aluminium) I have some edge clamps that fit on quick action clamps (Irwin) that save the press and hold fixing method.