How do I fix a bubble in a veneer?

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Forum topic by Tahzeeb27 posted 05-06-2008 12:06 AM 1412 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-06-2008 12:06 AM

Topic tags/keywords: veneer bubble veneering tip question pine bubbling

Hey Everyone,
I work for a remodeling company and have been informed I have to go back to a home to fix a problem. I applyed a 1\16” pine veneer to the bottom seat and top of a bay window. The window was ordered as oak, but the homeowners changed their minds and decided they wanted to go with pine throughout the house, for a more woodsy feel. A co-worker of mine, wrapped the oak with 1/4” pine plywood. The problem was that the bay window is 9’ long, and the plywood was only 8’ long. So there was a seam at the top and bottom, and that just didn’t look right. So I ended up going back and applying the veneer. I applyed contact cement to each surface, waited for it to set-up and get tacky, and then put it in place, and rolled it out with a J-roller.

The homeowner recently called, and said that at the top of the window there is about a 3” bubble in the veneer. Apparently it is at the front edge of the window, closest to the wall casing.

Does anyone have any tips as to fixing this. My superviser was thinking to just try to spread the veneer a bit and stuff some contact cement in there and roll over it again. I don’t know how well that’ll work, especially since the contact cement needs to get tacky before joining the pieces together. Would an iron work to heat up and possibly reactivate the glue, and then I could roll over it again?

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks!!

-- Tahzeeb

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#1 posted 05-06-2008 12:15 AM

You can use a hypodermic needle to shoot a little acetone in the bubble to reactivate the contact cement. I don’t know if heat would work with the contact cement, it works good with yellow glue.

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#2 posted 05-06-2008 02:46 AM

you can also cut the bubble open, squirt in a little yellow glue and then apply pressure until the glue dries. make sure you use newspaper or wax paper or parchment paper to cover the spot when your applying pressure,.

-- Joey, Magee, Ms

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#3 posted 05-06-2008 03:19 AM

i agree with joey. that technique was shown in FWW # 194-196 some where around there. just slice the bubble open, put some yellow glue in it and apply pressure with a clamp and a block wrapped in wax paper.

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#4 posted 05-06-2008 04:59 AM

I like the idea of making a slice in the bubble, but I dont know if I would use yellow (pVA) glue. Yellow glue bonds best when it can penetrate the pores of the wood. If you have a light coat of contatc adhesive inside that bubble, you may/probally experience adhesion problems similar to what you have now. It may not be right away, but you would sure hate to get called back a second time for the same problem.
I would think an epoxy or construction adhesive that bonds surface to surface might be a better choice.
Keep us posted as to the progress.

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