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Peel and Stick Wood Veneer Application Tips

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Peel-and-stick wood veneer also known as sticky-back veneer is easy to apply, affordable, and delivers all of the same aesthetic beauty of traditional paper-backed veneer.

Plus, with peel-and-stick veneer, you don’t need to worry about adhesive mixing, making it a truly convenient alternative.

But you do still need to make sure you apply it properly. Follow this helpful guide to help ensure you do it right the first time.

Surface Preparation
You must ensure that all surfaces to which you will be applying peel-and-stick wood veneer are properly prepared.

To help guarantee thorough, even adhesion, lightly sand the surface of the substrate with 120-grit sandpaper to create a mild tooth.

Then, thoroughly clean the substrate surface with a tack cloth to remove all particulate matter including the sawdust you just created. You can use denatured alcohol or another suitable cleaner at this time as well.

If applying to plywood or another porous substrate, you must apply a sealer like shellac or polyurethane before proceeding with veneer application.

Allow the substrate to dry thoroughly before proceeding, which will require at least 24 hours if you used a sealant.

Applying the Peel-and-Stick Wood Veneer
A good tip is to use a peel-and-stick wood veneer sheet slightly larger than the surface area of your substrate. That way, you can ensure you have proper coverage and trim off the overhang, rather than having to line it up perfectly at the start.

Place the veneer down on the substrate and start applying pressure from the center outwards to force out any air pockets.

For this, use a heavy-duty scraper or radiused block of wood and press down with as much pressure as you can, sweeping in the direction of the grain. (Do not use a J-roller.)

Do this until you have gone over the entire surface area.

Trimming the Veneer
After scraping out the veneer, trim off the edges that overhang the substrate using a razor or very sharp knife.

Score the edge a few times before attempting to cut through to prevent tear-out that could mar the finish of your veneer sheet. This is especially important when cutting across the grain.

Afterwards, you may notice a sharp raised edge along the veneer sheet. To reduce this, run over the edge with a cabinet file at a 45° angle or use a piece of light sandpaper.

Finishing the Veneer
Veneer can be finished in a similar manner as any other hardwood.

Because the sheet veneer has already been sanding with a medium grit, it’s best to sand only with fine grit sandpaper, and by hand with a block.

Then, it can be stained, sealed, or otherwise finished as you please.

High-Quality Peel-and-Stick Wood Veneer Online
Looking for high-quality peel-and-stick wood veneer sheets? Check out Oakwood Veneer online via the previous link.

Oakwood carries an exhaustive collection of domestic and exotic species of wood veneer, as well as PSA-backed wood veneer that may be perfect for your project.

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