How can I repair wood veneer without stripping the whole top or is that what I will have to do?
Glenys: maybe this will help
Hello. A little more information might be helpful— do you intend to stain or paint your furniture item?
There are many fillers out there that you could potentially consider if you’re going to paint your item
Keep it as it already is as much as I can but get rid of scratches. I did consider painting it and painting the drawer fronts and top in a different colour (it's a three drawer unit) but I am an enthusiastic amateur
Hope this helps you:
If the veneer isn't lifting, I would clean it, sand very lightly, following the grain, and apply a coat of a darker gel stain to camouflage the damage. Good luck and stay safe!
Thanks a lot
If this was mine I would use citri strip to remove all the old stain and varnish. By the look of the surface and the lighter colours coming through the veneer could be very thin. Using an orbital sander could go through the veneer. Once stripped you can add new stain and varnish or paint if you want.
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I found some info that may be helpful
I have had great results with a product called Restor a Finish from Howard.
Here's a video that might help - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPO2ChfxJmU
You can scuff with steel wool, wipe down with denatured alcohol, and stain or paint.
I'd sand everything lightly but enough to remove the finish then stain over it and seal.
Hi there Glenys, this step-by-step tutorial will help you repair your wood veneer - https://homesteady.com/repair-peeling-veneer-particleboard-cabinets-9769.html
Another idea is to get a piece of wood to cut to size and adhere to the top if it.
Hi Glenys, you can give it a light sanding and put a coat of stain on it, or just try to touch up the spots that are marked