How to fix water damage to pressboard bookcase


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Old 07-11-08, 09:07 AM
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Question How to fix water damage to pressboard bookcase

I have a bookcase made of particleboard that I'm in the process of painting. However, there is significant water damage on the top (my cat decided to eat the fish one day, and subsequently spilled water from the fishbowl all over the bookcase). Sanding has not made the surface any smoother.

Is there some kind of product I can use to level out the surface and then paint over with latex primer/paint?

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Old 07-12-08, 06:20 AM
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The only material I've found for that type of repair is Bondo - the automotive body filler.
 
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Old 07-12-08, 07:49 AM
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How would I prepare the surface for that? Or can it go directly onto it?
And I'm assuming once the bondo is in place I would need to sand and prime it same as any other surface, no?
 
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Old 07-14-08, 06:25 AM
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Bondo will not adhere to any finish - raw wood/metal, yes.

It will need to be sanded, primed and painted once it has set up.

One word of caution: Bondo hardens to a consistency harder than most woods - careful sanding is needed to achieve a flat surface.
 
 

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