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Refinishing veneer wood?

Discussion in 'Do It Yourself (Not Computer-Related)' started by Farmgirl22, Jan 26, 2007.

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  1. Farmgirl22

    Farmgirl22 Thread Starter

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    Is it possible to refinish a bedroom set that has a veneer laid over the wood in some areas? I have a beautiful antique bedroom set that has some scratches on it, and would love to refinish it. However, I don't want to mess up the veneer which offers multiple shades of wood tones in a design. Can I do this? Or should I just leave well enough alone?
     
  2. iltos

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    veneer is often just a 1/32 if an inch thick....as thick as an unmanicured fingernail, roughly.....so sanding is not really an option....and most stripping solutions will loosen the glue as well....

    without actually seeing it, i'd say leave well enough alone.
     
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    Agreed, we would need to see the scratches, modern veneers are as thin as 1/50 of an inch, older ones could be A lot thicker (1800's furniture may have had 1/4" veneer, hand cut).

    It would depend on the definition of "antique" as to the possibility of thick hand cut veneer that could be sanded. 1/50" would need to be avoided, you would be straight through afetr mild sanding!
     
  4. Farmgirl22

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    It's from the early 1800's, and there wasn't a scratch on it until I moved out and my parents threw it in a box trailer parked in the lot. It got thrown in with a bunch of other stuff and got scuffed and scratched from when they moved the trailer away from the house and over to the lot. It's not terrible, if you put that colored "old english" oil stuff on it, you don't see the scratches, but that stuff only covers them for a short time.

    Is there maybe some sort of covering I could put over the wood after putting that oil on there to kinda keep it from dissapating? Or maybe some other suggestions for hiding scratches?
     
  5. JohnWill

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    Actually, it's quite possible to refinish veneer furniture. I have a neighbor that refinishes the wood in investment and show cars, and almost all of that is veneer. He did a couple of pieces of furniture for me that are amazing!

    If this is really from the early 1800's, I would NOT touch it with anything until you talk to a professional. I'm assuming that it probably has some, perhaps significant antique value.
     
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    excellent point....learned it on the antique road show:)

    interesting...didn't know this....imagine it's costly, tho
     
  7. hewee

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    used to be they say refinish your antique's but now they say do not because it effects the value so what John said is true.
     
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    In my case, the "investment" value of the piece was minimal, and he actually replaced the veneer on a old "radio desk" that I bought with an Atwater Kent radio, and it surely increased any value that it had. OTOH, anything made in the 1800's is clearly something that should be evaluated carefully before ANY action is taken.
     
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    There are 'stain pens' that work very well to cover scratches. We used to own a furniture store and used them quite regularly. Guardsman, min-wax are 2 brands available... available at Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowes and other stores.
    Good luck.
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    beeswax i was told is good buy someone who drove past me when i was moving an old bed and oferd antique $250 i just got it for free off nebour so i was pleased(could of got more)
    he owned a shop and told me ir you got an antique don't sand or paint or laquer it sell it and go to ikea if you want a new one if you luckey you might have money left over for new manchesta
     
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    Whatever you say.

    I am sure it made sense to you. :p :)

    Not me though;)
     
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    See post #5. ;)
     
  14. hewee

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    I seen that John.
     
  15. JohnWill

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    Almost any real antique will be seriously devalued by the incorrect "restoration". Any piece of furniture made in the 1800's probably has some antique value.
     
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