Old Desktop in Desperate Need of Refinishing

Old 03-30-13, 11:34 AM
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Old Desktop in Desperate Need of Refinishing

Hi! I知 new to Do It Yourself and while I知 not new to do it yourself home projects I知 not a professional either.

The problem is that the surface on my computer desktop has become worn and slightly pitted. Besides working on the computer I also use the desk for my writing and drawing projects. While most of the wear is not a problem (now) there are several places that have become bad (the deepest one is about 1/32 inch deep). This has resulted in a lot of holes being poked in various project papers.

The desk is a laminate particleboard construct which I have had for over 10 years. I love the layout of this desk because it works so well for all my projects, not just for the computer. I致e looked but haven稚 found any other desks with layouts like this one so the desktop needs to be repaired and refinished.

What would be the best way to repair the pitting and which finish would provide the most lasting and toughest work surface.

I would greatly appreciate any and all help. Thank you.
Old 03-30-13, 02:28 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

I often go to the home store and pic up a sheet of acrylic to put on top of desks - smooth, durable writing surface and sometimes it's nice to be able to put something under it which you can then see through; calendars and pictures and such.
Old 03-31-13, 04:04 AM
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Is it a laminate or a veneer? Veneers can usually be sanded a little and refinished, not sure you can do a lot with a laminate. Depending on the type of holes or indentations you might be able to use colored putty to fill them. Besides Mitch's idea of a clear top, replacing the top with new wood is also an option - it could go over the top that is already there.

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