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How to Strip Veneer - no fumes, no power tools, EASY!

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!
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Difficulty: Easy
  • Z
    on Mar 25, 2013

    If you're not in a hurry and you live in a humid climate just leave it outside for a for awhile where it gets a bit wet from rain now and then. Before you know it the veneer will be peeled off and laying beside the piece of furniture.

  • Camille K
    Camille K Mooresville, NC
    on Mar 25, 2013

    What does this do to the wood under neath?

  • Caroline Hargrove
    Caroline Hargrove Tulsa, OK
    on Mar 25, 2013

    Great idea. Becky, I'm sure that works, but the wood could also get very warped that way over time. I'm orig from Nebraska, Fremont not that far from Blair, so would be very concerned about the actual wood under it.

  • Phylliss Ward
    Phylliss Ward Coplay, PA
    on Mar 25, 2013

    How do you dispose of the towel after all is done? Do you just throw in regular trash of have to go to one of those drop off places?

  • Debbie Moore
    Debbie Moore Muskegon, MI
    on Mar 25, 2013

    Or does it hurt the towel at all? I'm also concerned with what the wood looks like underneath. It would have to sit in the sun or someplace to dry fast and what keeps it from warping?

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