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Forum topic by AAANDRRREW posted 03-17-2015 03:35 PM 653 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-17-2015 03:35 PM

Hi All,

I have a small wooden file cabinet. I believe it’s mdf or something cheap w/ veneer on it. The gf would like to refinish it. It’s not a nice piece of furniture, but its working fine, we just want it to look different. What are my options? It’s currently stained. I’m guessing if I sand it off I’ll end up going through the veneer. Do they make iron on veneer (like the trim) that you can get in sheets to cover bigger areas?

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#1 posted 03-17-2015 03:43 PM

Try a small inconspicuous spot on the back and try some 320 wet/dry sandpaper, if it a paper or vinyl it’ll probably be .00X . All you might need to do is lightly rough it up then try whatever paint etc., etc. and let it dry. If it holds then go for it. I’ve glued wood to plastic veneer but I hit hard with a belt sander to abuse the surface, the panels are still in place after 16 or more yrs.

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#2 posted 03-17-2015 03:44 PM

They do, check with Cedan veneers. They have a broad variety of veneers and sizes, and most of them come in PSA oe paper backed. You want the PSA (pressure sensitive adhesive). Be sure to clean the cabinet thoroughly before applying new veneer. If you use the PSA (peel and stick), you could also put a coat of contact cement on the cabinet, and then apply the veneer. If you do this it will never, ever, ever come off. But it also sticks the second you touch the two, so having it aligned is pretty important. There are other suppliers like Veneer Supplies, or if you haev Menards nearby they can order it. Cedan will have the largest selection I think.

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