Even the most well-crafted veneer furniture may need fixing if it gets damaged or just begins to show its age. Whether created to reveal wood inlays or constructed as a permanent alternative to solid wood, veneers need special attention to keep them looking their very best. All it requires is a little know-how and attempt to help repair damage and turn back some of the effects of age in your own walnut veneer furniture.
Assess the Damage
Inspect the piece thoroughly for any damage. Has the veneer bubbled and break or contains a section of the veneer been broken off? Have you got the missing bits of veneer? Has the damage been caused by humidity or water? Was the furniture damaged in a move: What, where and why the veneer is damaged will provide you the information necessary to repair it efficiently.
Repairing Bubbles and Splits at Veneer
Bubbles and splits in veneer are normally caused by water damage. To repair those unsightly gaps, start by lightly sanding the region of damage. Your goal in sanding is to remove any sharp edges or irregularities. Remove as little of the finish as possible whilst sanding. Using a toothpick, spread a small amount of wood glue under the bubble or split. Put a clean linen towel on top of the furniture to protect the surface and put a heavy book or brick on top of the fix to hold down the veneer tightly until the glue has dried thoroughly. Remove the towel and lightly sand the region once more. Select a water-based wood stain that most closely fits the finish. Examine your color option by doing a patch test in an inconspicuous area to be sure you’ve chosen the appropriate shade. Apply using a cotton swab. Wipe off excess with a clean cloth. Let the merchandise dry thoroughly and reapply until you’ve achieved the desired shade.
Repairing Chips in Veneer
For chips in veneer, use wood putty to create a fix. Wood putty comes in different wood tones. Chose a shade that closely fits the present veneer. Use the putty using a flexible knife. Use a damp cloth to remove excess putty from the borders of your repair before it places. Once completely dry, lightly sand the affected region. Use wood stain using a built in semi-gloss finish to blend the fix to the veneer as unobtrusively as possible.
Replacing Pieces of Veneer
If a part of veneer has come loose from the furniture and you still have the piece, it is possible to get it reattached. Using wood glue, apply a thin layer to the bottom of the veneer part to be reattached and the surface of the region where it is to be affixed. Allow the glue to dry until it begins to get slightly tacky. Fit the masonry slice in as you’d the part of jigsaw puzzle. Remove any excess glue with a damp cloth and chew down the repair until the glue has dried thoroughly.