What is Wood Veneer and How to Refinish it?
We were genuinely befuddled about veneer when we began restoring wood furniture. Pretty much every piece we grabbed appeared to have a veneer surface. Is veneer genuine wood? Would you be able to sand and stain them? The response to both is YES!
Wood veneer is a thin layer of genuine wood. It’s frequently great quality wood with stunning grain that is particularly lovely when recolored. Wood veneer is a piece of numerous excellent quality old fashioned pieces. Underneath we’ll impart to you a couple of tips for effectively revamping and refinishing furniture with the wood veneer.
Tip 1 – Make sure it is wood veneer and not laminate
Wood veneer is a thin layer of genuine wood. Overlay or laminate isn’t wood yet rather plastic printed to look like wood. In the event that you don’t know whether a surface is an overlay or wood, have a go at sanding a little fix. On the off chance that you see the wood grain, it does not overlie. The cover can’t be recolored (yet it very well may be painted).
To make sense of on the off chance that you have a wood veneer or strong wood, investigate the back. On the off chance that you can see pressboard or what resembles various substrates, it isn’t strong wood.
Tip 2 – Check the thickness of the veneer
Wood veneer is slight – we’re taking under 1/eighth of an inch and whether you can sand and restain a wood veneer will rely upon how thick the specific wood veneer is. Begin by hand sanding a little segment to check whether you can evacuate the old completion without sanding through the veneer. In the event that your test fix is alright, you can proceed with the remainder of the piece.
Tip 3 – Sand the wood veneer cautiously
We are continually searching for approaches to work productively. More than once we’ve hauled out the old belt sander to spare time and gone directly through the veneer we needed to spare. Sand gently, by hand if essential, or utilizing a palm sander. We have great accomplishment with this moderately economical Black and Decker palm sander which you can discover here,
Tip 4 – Have a back up plan – paint!
On the off chance that the veneer is too slim to even think about removing the completion, think about painting a few zones and sanding and recoloring different zones of the piece that are strong wood. We quite often begin by attempting to sand the veneer and, on the off chance that it doesn’t work out, we paint it. The blended paint and wood look can be very striking. You can peruse increasingly about our method for getting a close flawless paint complete here.
Tip 5 – Stain the wood veneer as you would any hardwood
When you’ve figured out how to evacuate the old completion without sanding through the veneer, you’re brilliant (or whatever stain shading you pick :). There are no uncommon standards for recoloring a veneer and you can utilize your preferred oil based, water based or gel recolor as you would on strong wood. We utilized this one here.
We trust this has cleared up a portion of the disarray about what veneers are and whether they can be restored. It may appear to be monotonous to need to sand so cautiously however the outcomes are quite often absolutely justified, despite all the trouble! Have you effectively refinished a veneer? How did it go? Offer your tips beneath!
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