refinishing veneer

Old 03-10-01, 01:40 PM
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How can I strip, re-stain and refinish a veneer dining table without damaging the veneer?
Old 03-10-01, 04:33 PM
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Assuming the veneer is undamaged and soundly attached now, you don't have a problem.

Veneer is wood - very thin, mind you, but wood all the same.

Use any varnish/paint remover you're comfortable with. Cleanup following the mfg's directions. If you use a water base stripper, you'll have to sand before you stain. This is the only part where you need to pay closer-than-normal attention.

Since veneer is thin, it's quite possible to sand through it - you don't want to do that. Sand as little as possible to smooth the surface.Wipe clean, stain, and finish.

BTW - you hear 'tack rags' mentioned quite often for removing sanding dust. If your final finish is going to be a water base polyurethane, don't use them. Standard tack rags are made with regular varnish, and can really cause a problem with water base finishes.

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