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

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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
  • Lori
    Lori Christiana, TN

    Thanks Mark Whitnall, I have an old dresser? lowboy? Think I will give a go.... But will have to keep it a secret from hubby . 😕

  • Danielle
    Danielle Canada

    Tried this method earlier in the spring and it worked beautifully! No cussing, none, nada!

  • Trish Davenport
    Trish Davenport Edgewater, FL

    That's using your noodle. Nothing veneer hates more than water and adding vinegar just made it more potent. Great job.

  • Lisa Falkenthal
    Lisa Falkenthal Thomaston, GA

    gives me hope for the table (stored outside for a year) that had a corner where the veneer was ruined. I took the same approach with so far) limited success. I may try adding vinegar. Thanks for that. Great job, by the way.

  • Jeannee@ http://www.shepherdsandchardonnay.com
    Jeannee@... Temple, TX

    what a great piece! Thanks for the tip!

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