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post #1 of 10 Old 12-08-2019, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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Need help with wrinkled veneer

Hello. This is my first post here looking for help. I have a speaker cabinet that I tried to repair but ended up making worse. On the one side of the cabinet, the veneer had quite a few bubbles. I made a long slit in the veneer at where the two pieces of veneer butted up against each other. I was going to try fill each bubble individually but that was not going to work. So I grabbed an iron and heated up the strip of veneer in order to make one large pocket so I could fill it with glue and then close it up.



I managed to work some wood glue into the pocket and spread it around as best as I could. Then I laid some wax paper down, put a flat board on top and a couple of heavy speakers on top of that as well. The nest day removed everything and found that the veneer had several wrinkles in it now that were much tighter and harder than the previous bubbles.


Is there any way for me to fix this and get it laid down flat again? Thank you


The first pic shows the bubbles, the second is the "repair". The bubbles have now become wrinkles
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Welcome to the forum, Bud! Add your location to your profile so it will show in the side panel.

Maybe try some parchment paper and an iron on medium heat? That would be my first instinct without doing any research. At some point the glue will break down with heat and become somewhat pliable.

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I feel that ironing might work also but not sure if any silicone from the parchment paper might transfer to the veneer.
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Its quite possible that the glue you introduced won't soften with the application of heat.What type was it?I would be considering moistening the veneer to help with flexibility and then applying an iron.You may have to use a scalpel to open the blisters too.I would also predict a bit of re-finishing if you get the veneer re-attached.
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I feel that ironing might work also but not sure if any silicone from the parchment paper might transfer to the veneer.
Use an old T-shirt, then, and you shouldn't have that issue. And yes, moisten the surface first.

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What type of veneer did you use? Self adhesive?, woods with backing sheet, wood without backing sheet?

What adhesive did you use? Wood glue? Contact cement?

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The veneer was already on the speaker. After opening up the smaller bubbles into one big pocket, I used Lepage wood work glue to close it. I plan on trying a damp rag over top with the hot iron to soften up the glue again. Then I will try to clamp down some wood to hold the veneer.
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Ok, I laid a damp rag on the veneer for a while and then ran the iron over it for a few minutes. it softened up right away so I kept heating and damping but the wrinkles seem to be in there pretty good. I laid down a flat piece of wood and clamp some more wood on top hopefully this will bring it down.
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If the glue is actually softening,the repair may be feasible.You probably need to use a veneer hammer to press the veneer down while the glue is soft and if you don't have a real veneer hammer it isn't too hard to improvise.This is the sort of thing and a quick search found lots more images including some very elaborate devices.


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Bubbling is often due to it getting wet and the veneer swelled glue let loose.


You might try a veneer softener rather than water.
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