Get a water saturated (but not dripping wet) towel to cover your surface and drape it over top of the veneer you want to remove . After a couple hours, take a firm putty knife and scrape off the veneer . If you did it correctly, it should lift off fairly easy!
To remove old varnish or polyurethane sealant, hold a heat gun over the surface of the wood until the varnish bubbles or begins to turn liquid. Scrape the varnish off using a steel scraper. Use fine sandpaper to remove any remaining varnish and create a porous surface for the new stain or sealer.
If you are asking yourself “ Can you stain wood veneer ?” The answer is yes! Staining veneer furniture is a great alternative to paining veneer , and allows you to restore the beautiful wood .
If you see the grain but the pattern tends to repeat and it lacks texture and feels perfectly smooth, it’s probably veneer . If it lacks grain altogether, it’s most likely laminate .
Once you’ve ironed your veneer , then you have to let it DRY OUT. Once it’s dry, you can sand down the veneer with 80-100 grit sandpaper on a palm sander and scrape the remainder off with a sharp edge putty knife. The water also risks ruining other non- veneered parts of your piece.
If there is a veneer , you will be able to look at it from the side and see where the sheet of veneer attaches to the front of the piece. Also, if you see unfinished wood underneath the furniture, it’s probably wood and not laminate – which tends to cover the furniture from top to bottom.
7 Easy Tips ~ How To Remove Veneer Remove loose pieces of veneer by hand. Use a metal putty knife/scraper in a HORIZONTAL position to pry off the veneer . If your “people-power” couldn’t get all the veneer off, use a hammer. Use an old blow-dryer and your putty knife. Wet an old towel in hot water and ring out the excess.
Use your putty knife to scrape the veneer off. It will come off pretty easily. I occasionally used a hammer to lightly tap the putty knife. Once you find that you can no longer easily remove the veneer, stick the wet rag and iron back on it.
Scuff sand the damaged wood and right around the damaged area for the best results. Mix up a small batch of Bondo Wood Filler and spread it over the chipped veneer . Let the Bondo Wood Filler dry and then sand it down. If the veneer has a lot of wood grain in it, add some wood grain lines to your Bondo.
MDF can be painted with good results. Clean the furniture with degreasing cleaner to completely remove any grime or residue from the surface. Sand the furniture to create texture. Prime the surface of the furniture with a bonding primer. Paint the furniture with interior latex or acrylic paint.
It is possible to refinish some wood veneer furniture. It is the ability to sand the surface that determines whether you can remove the existing finish. Some veneers are so thin that, by sanding the surface, you actually wind up sanding through the veneer at the same time.
Aim to dust your wood veneer regularly with a dry, soft cloth to help keep it looking its best. Then for a quick, non-deep clean, you can spray a wood veneer with a light layer of non-ammonia glass cleaner and wipe it with a paper towel. When cleaning, avoid using any furniture polishes that contain wax or silicone.
Here were my options~ Find A Really Good Re-Finisher. ‘Draw’ the Grain Back on with Artist Color Pencils. Conceal with Artist Oils, Graining Pens or Furniture Markers. Camouflage with Tinted Shellac. Re- Veneer the Entire Top. ‘ Patch ‘ Veneer the Sand – Through Area. Tile the Top. Decoupage The Top.