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 (2)

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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