Remove veneer


Many pieces of furniture are veneered. But over the years and depending on the impact, a veneer can look pretty worn out. In principle, a veneer can of course be removed. However, in home improvement, the result will not always be really satisfactory. Nevertheless, below you will find tips on how to remove veneers.

It depends on the structure of the veneered workpiece

Many pieces of furniture are veneered. However, the layer structure is usually more complex than backing plate and then veneer:

  • visible veneer
  • Barrier veneer (depending on the carrier material)
  • Carrier (MDF, solid wood, etc.)
  • inner veneer

Remove veneer from a barrier veneer

In particular, chipboard was often used earlier. These make it necessary to still apply a barrier veneer. Only then comes the decorator. With such a structure, there are almost no opportunities in the do-it-yourselfer sector to really be neat.

Methods for removing a veneer

However, there are also pieces of furniture that are simply veneered. In this case, you have several options:

  • with water and heat
  • with alkaline, solvent-containing Abbeizprodukten
  • manually (abrading, shaving off, milling off)

Remove veneer with water

To do this, soak the veneer with water. Lay wet cloths on the veneer and let it rest for several hours. Then iron the veneer with the cloth in between (use cotton) and an iron. Now you should be able to solve it well with a spatula.

Remove veneer with solvent-based products

Again, let the veneer soak accordingly. Take precautions that the solvent used can not volatilize (cover). Gasoline (not benzine) or turpentine would be suitable. Through these products, the glue is also solved.

Make sure you have good ventilation and observe the safety regulations when handling solvents. If you want to know more about how it works, we recommend the article "Veneer pickle".

Manually remove veneer

For small areas, you can set a router so that you can remove the veneer accordingly. In addition, you can also sand the veneer, but this can be very time consuming.

The planing would also be an alternative. But professionals use a special comb planer. This should be relatively difficult to obtain. This option is not suitable for a pressboard with barrier veneer.

Tips & Tricks

You will probably want to re-veneer the piece of furniture after removing the old veneer. Here we show you how to glue a veneer.


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