Pick a veneer

Many furniture is not made of solid wood. Instead, it is a carrier, which is covered with a thin layer of real wood, the veneer. In the context of renovations are often old paints to remove. As with solid wood, many do-it-yourselfers also have the idea to strip off the veneer, as sanding thin veneers is not necessarily the royal road. However, you can not strip veneer as carefree as solid wood. Below you will find tips on how and if you can pick off a veneer.

The general use of veneer has different reasons

Furniture is veneered not only for cost reasons. Simply speaking, large wood surfaces must be cut into appropriate, small pieces and glued together to minimize the risk of warping. Therefore, the actual piece of furniture is often produced accordingly and then veneered. Most veneers have a thickness of around 0.65 mm. This makes the grinding risky.

Pickle treated veneer

Therefore, the idea often comes up, the veneer abzzubizen. But that is not without risk. There are many factors that need to be weighed to decide whether to strip a veneer, pick it up or leave it at a better level. In addition to the wood type of the veneer, the original treatment of the veneer is especially crucial:

  • pickled, oiled
  • waxed
  • coated with thinner-containing lacquer (1-component lacquer)
  • varnishes prepared with hardener (2-component varnishes) varnished

Pickling colloquially means various methods

Pickling and pickling are basically no technical terms. Therefore, you could also get other statements. Strictly speaking, there are no strippers in this sense, it has prevailed only colloquially and in the manufacturing industry. You should always remember that. The pretreatment of the wood is in principle opposed to the different stripping methods. Stripping products based on / with:

  • diluted with water
  • dilutions
  • Acids (acid solutions)
  • Alkalis (alkaline solutions)

Remove veneer with aqueous and alkaline solutions

With an aqueous base you have the fundamental problem that the wood, ie the veneer, can soften and thus lead to deformations of the veneer. The glue can be solved under certain circumstances. This risk also exists in alkalis.

Be aware of the wood species

The wood (veneer) and the glue can be attacked so that the veneer is damaged or peels off. In addition, alkalis, ie alkaline solutions, have the property that they darken tannin-rich woods such as cherry tree or oak. When veneering veneers, this effect is even used deliberately.

Paint remover after used paints

This completely eliminates this technique. Now it is still crucial which paint was applied. The one-component paints include products such as shellac, copal, nitro combination or nitro lacquer. These varnishes harden and dry by evaporating the solvent. So it does not crosslink with the substrate, but forms a hard lacquer layer.

These paints can also be dissolved again with appropriate dilutions. This includes the following products:

  • Nitroverdünnung
  • benzine
  • Methylene chloride (forbidden)
  • Alcohol (alcohol or ethanol)

Benzine (aromatic gasoline, turpentine) is not applicable. These two-component paints were very easy to solve with these agents. However, there is a risk here of destruction of the adhesive or of the glue.

Procedure for unknown paint

If you do not know which lacquer it is, you should always try to finish with dilutions. For this purpose, the thinner or spirit is applied and beaten in soaked rags (that it can not volatilize). Now let it work overnight. The next day the paint is peeled off (scraper blade). If it has not been able to dissolve the paint, it is likely that it will be cross-linking 2-component paints.

Alternative to pickling: the grinding

With these paints, if you do not want to take any risks, you will have to go back to grinding. Due to the low veneer strengths but very accurate work is required. If necessary, they can detect such paints if they have been mixed with a great deal of hardener, because then these crosslinking paints tend to crack. Car paints existed for a long time from these products.

The hot air blower will not get you anywhere

You can not work with the hot-air blower because the paints get very hard. You could burn the veneer for that. It will ultimately just remain the really tedious grind. If necessary, it is then worth considering to veneer the piece of furniture again.

Tips & Tricks

In the house journal you will also find the necessary information if you want to remove the veneer or glue it again.

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