tung oil on sanded veneer table?


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Old 06-08-06, 01:46 PM
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tung oil on sanded veneer table?

Thank you George for your advice on stripping and refinishing my solid oak kitchen table with Tung Oil...it came out fabulous.
Now I wondered if I could do the same to a large, heavy coffee table. The satin finish, maybe varnish, is lifting in spots but the wood is not discolored. Also it is 3" veneer strips of different woods, so I don't think I am supposed to use a stripper. But if I use a sander could I then get a good result using Tung Oil or is it necessary to use a varnish or laquer on veneers?
 
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Old 06-09-06, 11:27 AM
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Many people overlook the fact that veneer is nothing but wood - and can be treated (with few exceptions) like regular boards.

Sanding out the current finish is NOT suggested. Veneer is thin - the chance of going through it to the substrate is too great a risk to take if you don't have to.

Remove the current finish with whatever stripper paint/varnish remover you have had success with in the past.

Sand as little as possible - diffenet woods have different densities (hardness) and there's an increased chance of winding up with an uneven surface.

Whatever finish you prefer should be suitable - poly, reguar varnish, lacquer, tung oil, etc.
 
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Old 06-10-06, 12:37 AM
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Wow that could have been a disaster!

I was planning to sand the table because I thought stripper would lift the glue holding the veneer strips down.....thanks very much again for your advice.
 
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Old 06-10-06, 05:43 AM
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There is a small possibility the veneer will lift. It's not likely, but it can happen.

The repair for this is minimal compared to sanding through the veneer!!
 
 

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