What's the best way to repair veneer? What techniques should you use to replace your own veneer?
Veneer is a product made to look like wood. It's made of plywood or wood paneling and is attached to the top or side of a table to make it look like real wood. This decorative wood is thin and brittle, so it is good to know how to repair it. If your veneer is lifting away from the wood, follow the steps to re-glue it. If you have a chipped area, follow the steps to patch the veneer.
If your veneer has lifted from the wood below, you need to re-glue it. First, place a damp towel on top of the lifted veneer. Then take an iron, on low heat, and place it on top of the towel. This should warm the glue below, so it will re-stick. After applying the heat for about 20 seconds, place some heavy books on the veneer to see if it will reapply. If so, you are done. If not, you will need to reapply new glue.
If you need to apply new glue, lift the veneer gently and scrape away as much of the old glue as you can with a razor blade. Then, apply a thin layer of a liquid hide or yellow glue. Make sure you do not use so much that it oozes over the edge. Then, press the veneer flat, and leave to dry. If you are working with a small area, place some heavy books on the veneer to dry. If the area is fairly large, you might want to apply a clamp on the wood. Just place something between the clamp and the veneer to protect it.
In patching veneer, the toughest part will be finding a piece to match. If you made the original piece, you might check to see if you had any left over. If not, head to the hardware store. If you can take a piece of it with you, it will help to match the size and grain. You will want to buy a piece larger than the area you are replacing, so you can match the veneer by grain.
Once you have your patch replacement, you will need to remove the damaged area. If possible, cut the veneer in a square area, so it is easier to replace. Use a hobby knife and cut with the grain if possible. Take the same veneer you cut out in order to cut the new veneer. Place it on top and cut around it.
Then, remove the old glue with a razor. Apply a thin layer of yellow or liquid hide glue, and place the new veneer in place. Press the veneer flat, and leave to dry. If you are working with a small area, place some heavy books on the veneer to dry. If the area is fairly large, you might want to apply a clamp on the wood. Just place something between the clamp and the veneer to protect it.