Stripping Veneer - The EASY WAY

July 3rd, 2013 in member junk     
GypsyBarn Jasmin Marisett, contributor
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Ok, so who is guilty of doing it the hard way (*raises hand*) ~looks away and whistles innocently~ What a pain! Slivers, mess, dust! I got this far and after a lot of colorful vocabulary, I figured I would try something for fun.
SUPER thick towel, LOTS of water and vinegar to soak it, leave it on the piece overnight! Yaaaaaaaa ... thats all!
Next morning - I took a chisle, laid it flat and it sliced right through like a hot knife through butter! I had to laugh at the previous days cussing. It WAS SO EASY!!!!! AND its wet = no dust! No fumes! No wrecked iron!
Look - not even using my muscles!
Ok, so who is guilty of doing it the hard way (*raises hand*) ~looks away and whistles innocently~ What a pain! Slivers, mess, dust! I got this far and after a lot of colorful vocabulary, I figured I would try something for fun.

Ok, so who is guilty of doing it the hard way (*raises hand*) ~looks away and whistles innocently~ What a pain! Slivers, mess, dust! I got this far and after a lot of colorful vocabulary, I figured I would try something for fun.


So simple, so easy! I have been trying to tackle the messy job of chipping veneer off pieces to re finish them and what a pain in the hiney! I thought of an idea, and while I was testing the theory, I asked our lovely facebook followers their favorite method. Well, pretty much everyone said either using a wet towel and an iron ( which wrecks both the iron and towel) OR use a heat gun - (which would then have the fumes from the adhesive floating up in your face - or house and then requires use of masks and such) SO Here you go. Very easy - SOAK a towel so it is dripping wet in a mixture of half water and half vinegar. Place it on the veneer. Have a girls night out and let it soak over night. Make sure it is SOAKING wet. I even went back later and used a water bottle and just poured it right onto the towel to make sure it was soaked! Come back in the morning and use a putty knife or chisel and it will peel up like butter!Where di the idea come from? From curb side retail of course! Typically I would see a piece set out to the curb andthe veneer was DESTROYED because they set it out for a few days and it had rained and bubbled it up. Well derrrrr ... the answer was right there in the problem! I would have said - nah - too much of a pain to fix... now - it's like mother nature did all the hard work for me!!!!
Pattern or design used: My own design - Stripping veneer the easy way
posted in: member junk, tabletop, wood, furniture, brown

Comments (4)

The_paqrat writes: I have a mirror with a base w/ 2 drawers. I started stripping the awful pink paint on it and got down to the veneer and then the fun really began. Much of it was if great shape but not all and that which wasn't in great shape wasn't even in good shape. Bad shape in fact. I decided that painting would be the best bet. I look forward to trying this.
Posted: 12:34 am on May 14th
The_paqrat writes: I have a mirror with a base w/ 2 drawers. I started stripping the awful pink paint on it and got down to the veneer and then the fun really began. Much of it was if great shape but not all and that which wasn't in great shape wasn't even in good shape. Bad shape in fact. I decided that painting would be the best bet. I look forward to trying this.
Posted: 12:33 am on May 14th
georgiamoon writes: Thanks for the info. This will come in handy. I have found so many pieces that had damaged veneer that I either passed on or tried to scrape off. I don't like either of those two options...thanks for a third!
Georgia Posted: 12:28 pm on July 5th
JunkArchitect writes: Stripping veneer is always a terrible job...terrible!
Thanks for the great tips.

Jim

Posted: 5:24 am on July 4th
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