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post #1 of 4 Old 09-11-2019, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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Help with repairing chipped wood from dresser.

Hi there,

I'm new here so apologies for the basic question. I'm looking to repair a bit of chipped wood off a dresser. I've attached what the chip looks like here. You can see a bit of the bare wood, and the top could be some sort of other wood-looking laminate or vinyl? not sure. Either way, would love to repair it, but I'm not sure whether to use wood filler or putty, or something else. Doesn't need to be perfect or the exact color/stain, just needs to be not that.


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post #2 of 4 Old 09-11-2019, 12:27 PM
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the popular opinion of repairing vinyl covered particle board is pretty low.
epoxy or Bondo and color it with something that matches.
if this is on the show edge, you could find a place on the back that matches
and carefully peel off a piece of vinyl to cover the repair after it is
sanded smooth - then glue the patch vinyl over it.
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I've recently seen a couple videos on YouTube that discuss this subject. Basically, the person repairs by filling in the broken area with bondo or similar, then sands flat, then uses some sort of color-matched pens/markers to fill in the colors, including grain.
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The trick is matching the grain across the wood fill boundaries. The eye does not see the filler patch nearly as much if the grain lines cross the boundary between them. I looked at the photo. Matching it would be challenging. Drawing the fine lines that are required would take too much patience for me, and I would not want to invest that much time for something made from particle board.
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