Friday, August 15, 2014

How to Remove Veneer with Just a Little Elbow Grease

Ahhhhh... Removing that unsightly thin strip of glued on wood that HAS TO GO. What a daunting task. Am I right or am I right? So how do you remove it effectively without breaking your wrist in the process? The answer is moisture and heat. 

This is my next project that needs be stripped: 



Here is what you need:

Towel 
Iron
Putty Knife

Let's get started! 

Step One:
Dampen your towel. It does not need to be dripping wet, but it does need to be pretty damp.

Step Two:
Place your towel on the portion you are removing. I like to let it sit for about an hour before I move on to the next step. 



Step Three:
Set your iron to the cotton setting. Make sure you have water in there for added steam. Firmly iron the towel. I like to work in a circular motion and hover over each area for a few seconds.



Step Four:
Take your putty knife and gently slide under the edge. Move it slowly as you strip away the veneer. 



Step Five:
Repeat the ironing process as necessary. 


Voila!!! Veneer Free!


HAPPY STRIPPING!
(See what I did there?)

Squeeze - Liz

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