- Place a towel over the loose piece of veneer and put a hot iron on top of the towel. Allow the iron to sit for 20 to 30 seconds to reactivate the veneer glue.
- Apply wood glue if the veneer is still loose. Pull up the loose piece slightly and put the glue between the veneer and the underlying wood.
- Place a heavy object on top of the veneer and allow it to dry for six to eight hours.
Blistered or Buckled Veneer
- Cut a narrow slit in the middle of the buckled area with a razor blade. Use a knife blade or the edge of the razor to gently raise one edge of the slit.
- Squirt wood glue into the hole and allow the wood to fall back into place. Wipe away excess glue from the top of the veneer.
- Place a heavy object on the veneer and let it dry for six to eight hours
Replacing Badly Damaged Veneer
- Cut a piece of cardboard into a square that is slightly larger than the damaged area. Lay the cardboard on top of the damaged area and cut around it into the veneer using a razor blade.
- Slide a putty knife under the damaged veneer section to pop it off the counter.
- Sand down the section of the counter that was under the veneer to remove as much of the old glue as possible.
- Use the cardboard square as a template to cut a section of new veneer, which you can find at a home improvement store. Put the new piece on the cabinet and trim with a razor until it fits perfectly.
- Apply wood glue to the bottom of the new veneer and press it into place. Wipe away excess glue and place a heavy object on top of the veneer as the glue dries.
Things You Will Need
- Razor blade
- Putty knife
- Wood glue
- Veneer piece
- When replacing a section of veneer, always cut with the grain so that the cut lines will not be as visible once applied to the cabinet.