Repairing instead of replacing scratched kitchen counters is better for your budget and the environment. Not only is replacing scratched countertops expensive, tossing them takes up landfill space. Scratches in many stone and wood countertops can be removed simply with polishing compounds or by sanding. Scratched laminate countertops are not as simple to repair, but with the right products, it can be done.
Assess the depth and severity of the scratches. Extremely deep scratches, cuts and chips will be difficult to repair. Consider whether a simpler solution would be to replace a section of the laminate with the same or a coordinating color of laminate.
Scrub very light scratches in a matte finish laminate countertop with an abrasive cleaner. This can make the scratches less visible. Do not try this on laminate countertops that have a glossy finish.
Purchase from a home improvement store or countertop manufacturer some laminate repair paste that matches your countertop. It may be necessary to blend two colors of paste to achieve a better match.
Clean the scratched area with a disposable cloth dipped in a solvent recommended by the manufacturer.
Squeeze the laminate paste into a disposable plate, mix with a putty knife and press into the scratch. Smooth the paste level with the countertop surface.
Wipe away excess laminate paste with the cloth dipped in solvent. Allow it to dry thoroughly.