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Helpful Hints for Applying Veneer with Contact Cement

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9. Allow the proper drying time (“flash time”) between coats. Normally there is a generous window of time. Glues should be completely dry before applying the veneer. Anything less creates the risk of a weak bond between the two glue lines. Rushing can lead to solvent pockets appearing as bubbles.

10. When using contact cement, a pinch roller alone is not enough when pressing flexible wood veneer to a suitable substrate as the amount of pressure necessary to achieve a good bond is different than when applying high pressure laminates. A flexible wood scraper should also be used in conjunction with the pinch roller. Do not use a J-roller, as it does not allow you to apply enough pressure directly onto the veneer. Also, to avoid bubbling when hand pressing your veneer on the boards, be sure to start in the middle of the board and work your way to the outer edges.

11. After applying veneer, allow adhesive to dry 24 hours before applying any finish. Apply the finish in light, even coats. Two thin coats are always better than one heavy coat. Allow 24 hours drying time between stain and sealer to let stain totally dry.

13. When finishing veneer with two-part catalyzed finishes, be careful not to make your finish too thick. Some finishes will crack or check when they are more than 4 mils thick. Check with a finish manufacturer. Vinyl sanding sealer is a good choice when sealing your furniture, as it has excellent moisture and vapor resistance.

14. Check finish instructions to make sure that you have the proper time and temperature for your veneer to dry. (Example: catalyst finish should dry at 68-75-degrees for six to eight hours.) It may be a good idea to take a short course on stains and finishes. Some companies offer these courses for little or no money. They can be most helpful. M.L. Campbell is one such company.

15. Water-born stains and finishes are not recommended for finishing veneer, unless you seal the veneer with a vinyl or acrylic sanding sealer first.

16. Do not apply veneer to a two-sided melamine coated board. Do not sand melamine from a two-sided melamine board to apply veneer, as bubbling could result. If board comes from a manufacturer with one side melamine and the other side raw, you may apply the veneer to the raw side of the board.

More Helpful Veneer Hints:
Applying Veneer with Contact Cement
Applying Veneer Page 2
How to Judge Spray Adhesive Coverage
Veneer Installation Reminders
Contact Cement Troubleshooting
PSA Veneer Application Guide
Iron On Veneer / PVA Glue Method
How Veneer is Cut
Veneer Matching Techniques
Veneer Acclimation
Glossary of Veneer Terms : A - F
Glossary of Veneer Terms : G - L
Glossary of Veneer Terms : M - R
Glossary of Veneer Terms : S - Z

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Since Oakwood Veneer Company has no control over the use of the flexible wood products, no warranty is expressed or implied. Each sheet of veneer reacts differently in various conditions. Always test a small panel of veneer prior to the veneer installation to confirm your method of application.

The procedures described herein are intended for use by persons having professional skills.

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