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Matt
Installing veneer after staining & finishing.
Matt

Hi. I have a couple of panels of veneer I'm planning to install on the side of some kitchen cabinets. I think that it would be much easier to stain & urethane-finish the veneer before installing them than to add the finish after gluing them on. The panels are above the kitchen sink and it would also interfere with general operations in the kitchen.

 

I haven't seen any reference to this order of operations on-line so I'm looking for feedback and suggestions about the risks and about the choice of glue to use. I was planning on using contact cement - Isn't contact cement used for Formica? I'm led to believe that contact cement needs to out-gas.

 

Thanks in advance,

Matt

ordjen
Re: Installing veneer after staining & finishing.
ordjen

Matt,

You can certainly pre-stain and finish a panel before final installation.There are some advantages to pre-staining/finishing: For example, if you get glue on the face of raw veneer, it will very possibly not take stain, resulting in a splotch mark. The venne being paper thin, you would not be able to sand the blotched mark out.

I would "dry fit" the piece before staining and finishing. Any saw rip out after finishing would have to be touched up.

You can use contact cement, but the trick is not to allow it to make contact before it is properly in position. If it makes contack, you will not be able to re-position it! To protect against accidental contact, wax paper is taped in place and the panel placed over it. The wax paper is then slowly pulled out, allowing the contact cement to stick.

You can use conventional wood glue, but some form of temporary bracing or tacking into place will be necessary until the glue sets.

 

 

Matt
Re: Installing veneer after staining & finishing.
Matt

Thanks, ordjen. That's what I was hoping for.

 

Matt

 

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