How Do You Refinish Veneer Surfaces?


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Refinishing a veneer surface involves repairing the surface, clearing the surface of old finish, staining the surface and protecting the surface from destructive elements by applying polyurethane. Allowing the surface to dry completes the process. Materials and tools that are handy in this task include a craft knife, veneer patches, glue, tack cloths and stain. Others include sandpaper, a foam brush, a protective coat remover, a natural bristle paintbrush and polyurethane.

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Repairing the veneer surface involves cutting off any bubbles from the surface using the knife, reattaching any peeling parts of the veneer with the glue and patching the veneer as needed. Clearing the surface of old finish depends on the veneer's thickness and may involve sanding or rubbing the surface with steel wool dampened with the coat remover, such as lacquer thinner or denatured alcohol. While sanding is suitable for thick veneer surfaces, rubbing suits thin surfaces. Clear the surface of dust generated from sanding or rubbing by wiping the surface with a tack cloth before staining.

To stain the surface, soak the foam brush with the stain, and use the soaked brush to apply the stain over the surface. Remove excess stains from the surface with another tack cloth, and let the surface dry for one day before staining it again. Using the natural bristle paintbrush, paint the surface with the polyurethane, and allow the surface to dry for one day. Sanding the surface with 320-grit sandpaper, vacuuming the surface of dust and applying another coat of polyurethane completes the process.

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