Tips And Tricks For How To Remove Old Stain And Varnish Off Veneer

Lets take this antique vanity that i just finished up. We found it outside and obviously it had been out in the elements for a bit. We are a lacquer factory and I don’t have a clue on how to solve my veneer problem. Tap on the chisel with a hammer to loosen the glue so you can separate the veneer from the wood underneath it. If your veneer arrives rolled up, it’s best to unroll it (slowly and carefully) and store it horizontally. If your cabinets have a shiny topcoat, they may require a light sanding before painting.

Continue until all the veneer is removed, pouring more water on the towel as needed and you may have to go over it a second time to completely remove the glue and fibers. Slightly sand the floor using your sandpaper taking heed not to go too deep or to sand areas without scratches. I have a modern cherrywood dining table that was inadvertently polished with Mr Sheen. Apply the steam iron directly to the veneer moving in a circular motion while applying the steam. What follows works for Methylene Chloride based semi-paste strippers and some other modern water based semi-paste strippers.

Some woods have a tendency to develop dark spots from excess moisture around the veneer taped areas. I did accept a nice solid-cherry dining table with a broken leg, which I knew I could fix. I’ve agonized for days how to remove a mark on my mum’s dining room table that she gave us until we bought our own. I have an old coffee table and I want to refinish and paint it. Now I know how to do that. Every once in a while, I would dip my rag into the bowl of water and wring it out. Monthly advice on how to make your home eco-friendly, including energy and water saving tips, healthy home products, green remodeling, and more, plus special offer.

The glue may soften with moisture alone or with vinegar (if you remove the paint first so that the moisture can penetrate the veneer and get to the glue), or with heat, depending on what sort of glue was used. If you store them sandwiched, use some insulator between the veneer and the plywood, like brown kraft paper, that you can buy on a roll, in the school supply isle, it’s cheap. The Wood Conditioner ensures that the stain gets soaked into the wood evenly, thereby avoiding any darker or lighter spots (again-this is what the can told me would happen).

All was well when I painted the wood veneer, but things turned sour when I attempted to paint the side of the vanity. Somewhere, I remember reading that if you warm the wood with an iron, it warms and loosens the glue on the veneer making the removal easier. The first photo looked like walnut, the second photo is hard to tell, but it doesn’t look like the same wood. You saved me. I’m staying with my step father who would have a cow if he came home from work to see the ring on his beautiful wood table. I just pulled part of the veneer off a hollow door and am now painting it with a oil based Kilz because it got wet when the hot water tank went out.

Wood cells expand as glue saturates the surface of the veneer (from the water in the glue). Hello there, I am refinishing an old table top and after sanding off the old stain the veneer has been worn down in quite a few areas revealing spots of particle board. This is caused by the veneer tape which blocks UV light (from the sun or even fluorescent lighting) which normally causes the veneer to darken.

I think you’ll have less work for yourself if you just repair the damaged veneer corners and paint. My daughter’s personal preferance is for both tables to be as light in color as possible for the kind of wood. This method was done on a modern light colored wood table, I think the wood is particleboard with veneer. Gently roll toward the center of the blade as you begin sawing across the veneer.

I’ve had my mother’s old hosier cabinet bottom, the top is long gone ���� and have just not known what to do with it. a fair amount of the veneer has lifted on both sides. Below is a picture of the two table leaves showing one of the water stains on the left and the oil stain on the right. The veneer was a black shiny finish (like a Chinese type furniture)and the wood underneath looks like plywood. I bought it for cheap (natch) on Craigslist because I loved the clean bow front, the dainty wood trim detail and the overall shape.

The key to using an iron is that you have to keep it moving like the article says or it can burn the wood. I polished the entire table with a spray on bees wax/lemon oil furniture polish & it looks like new, along with the matching side cabinets & coffee table. The only question I have is which will flow first, the vinyl or the glue (vinyl will melt at some temp).