exterior wood veneer repair

Old 05-16-05, 04:55 PM
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exterior wood veneer repair

I have a beautiful front door that has been neglected for several years and has sun damage. I have sanded and restained and am now ready to apply a weatherproof polyurethane. Before I do that, though, I would like to attempt to repair a small section of raised and chipped veneer on one of the sidelights. Is there any way to do this?
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Are you able to squeeze some exterior wood glue in it and then clamp until dry?
Old 05-17-05, 10:25 AM
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I have heard that an iron (on medium, no steam) can be used to reseat lifting veneers. Once its back down on the door, you could maybe use a high quality wood putty that is satinable and sandable. I have not done this, but I see it suggested a lot.

Good luck!!!
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it is generally best to do any repairs prior to sanding and staining.

i use a large gauge syringe to inject a diluted mixture of warm water and
wood glue under an area of veneer that has lifted. then i clamp, or use a
roller and hair dryer.

then use a wood putty to fill all small areas that are remaining, and
sand level.

because you sanded and stained first before doing your repairs, you
will need to restain, you might be able to just spot stain.

be sure to remove/sand all traces of glue, or the glue will show when
you stain.
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Thanks for the replies. They're appreciated. I had heard of the iron trick also, but there is no glue left in that area for the iron to heat up. Some of the veneer is just lifted, but there is also some missing. Thanks for the tip about the roller and hair dryer! The problem is actually on a sidelight so getting a clamp around it would be pretty hard to do.

I'll give it a try on my next available "project day" and let you know.

Again, thanks so very much for the help!

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