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Bondo to the Rescue


In order to repair veneer damage we often use bondo. It isn't porous so when you paint over it after sanding it doesn't look like there is a repair...just nice and smooth!
using bondo to repair wood damage before painting, home maintenance repairs, painted furniture, products, woodworking projects
Bondo comes in two parts that you need to mix together.
using bondo to repair wood damage before painting, home maintenance repairs, painted furniture, products, woodworking projects
The directions aren't exactly what works in reality...at least not for me. You want to mix it in so its like a greyish maroon color. My super professional measuring is like this.....a tablespoonish of the grey stuff and about 3/4" to an inch of the red stuff.
using bondo to repair wood damage before painting, home maintenance repairs, painted furniture, products, woodworking projects
Apply it to your damage....
using bondo to repair wood damage before painting, home maintenance repairs, painted furniture, products, woodworking projects
We use a putty knife but be sure all your loose veneer is removed first!
using bondo to repair wood damage before painting, home maintenance repairs, painted furniture, products, woodworking projects
Sand once it has dried and you are ready for paint! ALL better! You can also use this to recarve missing appliques, etc. Its a miracle!

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  • Marge kleppel
    on Aug 6, 2017

    Will it take a stain after the bondo and sanding? I have a dresser that over 50 years old, and I'd rather match the stain than paint. Thanks
    • John Biermacher
      on Jun 29, 2019

      This is a good posting. Bondo will not take stain. You can tint it. Requires some trial and error during the mixing step.

  • Reba
    on Sep 23, 2017

    sorry how does it look now?
  • Tricia Keeley
    on Oct 4, 2017

    I have an old claw foot round table my mom in law bought from estate sale. It was painted an awful green, i had it removed, n then it sat with the rest of my unfinished projects. im now ready to do what I can to keep it. Needing your expertise. The top is cracking as your dresser. but on one part of the top, it looks like 2 layers of veneer when i pull it up. The base seems dry as well. Please, help. Restore, paint or stain?
    , split top looks like 2 layers, peeling top, dry base with some cracking
    • Karen Faria
      on Jan 5, 2019

      Was there two layers of veneer ? Is it common to have 2 layers do you know

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  • Michelle
    on Jun 9, 2018

    I hate it when people post their projects and don’t show how it turned out nor try and help people out by answering questions!!

  • Joyce
    on Jan 30, 2019

    I will be using this trick on a side board that I have had for years. During a recent move, it got wet and the veneer peeled. I was wondering how I was going to fix it. I thought of doing a ceramic mosaic on top as well.

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