Removing Old Veneer

How do you remove old veneer that is starting to peel?

Tim Inman:I use a small wallpaper steamer and a putty knife. Steam a small area thoroughly and work quickly to remove the veneer before the glue cools.

Stephen Rosasco: I put a wet rag on the surface and use a steam iron. Be careful not to damage the substrate. Constant vigilance is important.

Richard Jones: If it’s attached with hide glue, directing a jet of steam at the point where the veneer is peeling will soften the glue, allowing the veneer to be peeled back. If it’s something like urea formaldehyde, I’m afraid the veneer may just have to be ripped off.

Kevin Hancock: Vinegar and water can help loosen veneer.

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