Repair A Scratch in Laminate, Wood and Veneer

by Brian Fury

Repair A Scratch in Laminate, Wood and Veneer; Furniture finished with veneer is subject to several types of damage. As with any wood surface, scratches and abrasions are common occurrences. In addition, however, veneer often pulls away from its base wood. Blistering—small bubbles on the surface is another problem that afflicts veneer. All these defects are usually simple to fix provided the repairs are made as soon as possible and not allowed to get worse.

Veneer is brittle and delicate, and minor damage, left unattended, can quickly become a serious, perhaps irreparable, condition. Loose veneer, for example, is much more likely to split or chip than veneer that is tightly glued to its base wood. More tips on repair A scratch in laminate and wood.

To repair a simple scratch or abrasion, use the techniques recommended on for surface faults on solid wood. When working with loose veneer, or a blister, however, remember that this material is thin arid easily broken and requires special precautions. Put a damp cloth over the problem area and a hot iron on top of the cloth. This will force moisture into the veneer, making it more flexible and less likely to split as you work with it. To repair loose veneer, scrape out the old glue from the base wood with a small, sharp knife, working it in as far as possible. If all the glue does not come up, squeeze hot water from a sponge under the loose veneer. The water will eventually melt the glue, which can then be scraped up with the knife.

Reattach the veneer to the base wood with white glue, then lay plastic sheeting over the repaired area to keep excess glue from sticking to whatever clamping device you use to hold the repair while the bond sets. After the bond has set, wash away any excess glue with hot water. If it is not possible to use a clamp to hold the bond, wind masking tape tightly around the repaired area. Secure repairs that can neither be clamped nor taped with a weight, such as a sandbag. Allow the bond to set for at least 12 hours before removing the clamps, tape, or sandbag.

Plastic laminate repair scorches, rust rings, or black marks from cooking utensils left on plastic laminates sometimes respond to scouring powder. More serious damage will probably require patching; the laminate is a standard pattern or color, a match should be no trouble. An edge-to-edge patch is easier to make and less noticeable.

To patch or replacement an area, first dissolve t he old cement (use lacquer thinner or other appropriate solvent) so it can be scraped up. Pry up the laminate with a small, sharp knife so you can get sol-vent underneath. Make a patch by scoring its outline, then cutting it out with a line-toothed hacksaw 'blade. Cut slightly beyond the scored mark, then file down to the line. Score the patch pattern onto the surface being repaired, scrape out excess glue, and, using a sharp knife, cut the hole for the patch. Replace both surfaces. Clamp the bond, putting wax paper between so excess glue won't stick. Thanks for reading this page on repair Repair A Scratch in Laminate, Wood and Veneer

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