Oil veneer


Veneer is nothing but real wood, only thinner. Therefore, it must first be treated and protected like wood. At the same time, however, the thin thickness has to be considered. Veneering veneer is a good alternative. Below, we present you different variants for veneering veneers and explain how the wood should preferably be aftertreated.

Veneer is like solid wood, only thinner

Veneers are nothing more than very thinly cut wood panels or slices. Therefore, you can in principle make a veneer yourself. The average thickness is between 0.55 and 0.65 mm.

Treating veneers

Untreated, the veneer surface is just as sensitive and endangered as any other wood surface. After you have glued the veneer, you should therefore necessarily aftertreat it accordingly. You can basically use all techniques and materials as for solid wood surfaces:

  • paint
  • glaze
  • oil
  • to grow
  • pickle

Stain or varnish veneers

The pickling of veneer can basically be the same as the oiling. But it can also be colors without solvents. Water-soluble paints, which are used more frequently, are explicitly difficult to process on veneer. Due to the small thickness of the veneer, however, solvent-based lacquers can penetrate so far into the wood that the white glue or veneer glue is attacked.

The oiling and waxing of veneers

The pickling, oiling or waxing of the veneer is therefore preferable. However, depending on the intended use of the workpiece, it must be clear to you that an oiled wood is still sensitive to external agents such as moisture or dirt.

The protection against mechanical abrasion

A slightly better protection here hard oils or waxes offer. Nevertheless, their protection is still significantly worse than that of paints and glazes, especially with mechanical abrasion. Therefore, we recommend the following procedure: First, oil the wood and allow it to dry completely. Then apply a transparent lacquer layer.

Preparatory work before oiling the veneer

Before you can oil the veneer, you still need to prepare it. That is, the veneer must be sanded smooth. For this you can grind in the grain sizes around 100, then 200 and finally 300.

Be careful not to sand the edges of the veneer. The surface itself can be optimally sanded using a sanding block. Then the veneer surface must be treated absolutely clean with a grease or silicone cleaner.

The oiling of veneers

For oiling you first need a suitable oil. These are available in a wide variety of price categories. In addition, you can distinguish between conventional pickling oils and hard oils, which also stick to the surface. In the latter hard oils (as well as waxes) eliminates the possibility of painting or glazing.

Apply the oil to the veneer

It is best to apply the oil yourself with a cotton towel or rag. Allow the oil to work for about 10 to 15 minutes before thoroughly removing excess oil with the cloth. Then let the oil dry for at least 12 hours, preferably overnight. Follow the instructions of the oil manufacturer. Once the oil has dried completely, you can also varnish the veneer.

Tips & Tricks

Again and again there are recommendations to use sunflower or olive oil, meaning food oils. That can certainly have its charm. Keep in mind, however, that these oils will never dry completely and therefore formally attract and bind dirt particles. Also for painting or glazing veneer is then no longer suitable.


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