Do you own some pieces of veneer furniture? Has one of them been damaged recently? Are you worried about how you can properly repair it? Well, don’t fret. You can do the job on your own. The procedure is generally simple and easy to follow. It is also going to be a lot cheaper on your part.
Here are the instructions:
- Estimate the extent of the furniture damage that you have to repair. Then, bring out your new veneer sheet. Cut from the sheet the size corresponding to your measurement. Make sure to put allowance all around. Don’t worry about the overhang. You can trim them off once you have bonded the veneer in its proper position.
- By the way, check out if what you need is “a joint” or “a matched face”. If that is the case, begin by trimming the joining edges. You have to be very accurate. After that, fasten them. Just use an ordinary veneer tape or a self-adhering tape. You should put them together temporarily.
- Clean your furniture and your newly cut veneer piece. Check out the panel wall where the veneer piece is going to be glued. See if it is free of oil, wax, or grease.
- Prepare your veneer glue. Stir it thoroughly. You can just use an inexpensive brush when you apply it. Double-check if it is clean. When you are already applying your veneer glue, follow a uniform coat. Apply it in a smooth fashion. Avoid brushing back and forth. Afterwards, let your veneer glue to air dry. Give it at least an hour. Before you make the bond, consider reapplying another coat of veneer glue. Then, allow it to sit for at least half an hour. Be precise and cautious here. Once you have placed them together, you may no longer shift or slide them.
- Inspect the veneer panel once again. Do you see any blisters? You should repair them before the job is over. If there are some blisters, get a knife blade. It should be thin and sharp. Use it in getting rid of those pesky blisters. Focus on one blister first. Slit it right in the middle using your knife blade. Then, press the half of it while introducing glue to the other half. The glue should be heat sensitive and quick setting. If using the knife blade turns out to be challenging, you can rely on a glue injector. In fact, you should invest on it if the job is really big. Repeat the process so you can take care of the remaining blisters.
- You can also try wetting the blister. After that, press the blister using your flat iron. Set the temperature as if you were pressing your regular clothes. The water should soften your veneer. Meanwhile, the heat from your flat iron should re-melt the glue. Then, cover it with a wax paper before you apply a suitable weight for several minutes.
Before you initiate your repair job, find out if your veneer furniture is not a prized antique piece. Repairing it can readily lower its market value. You may need to seek the help of a professional so you can protect the worth of your valuable property.