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 Post subject: Veneer Issue
PostPosted: Aug Wed 11, 2021 4:22 pm 
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Hello all,

I hope you are well and safe in these times.

I have a small radio that I have bought to practice my soldering, etc. as I got ready to redo my larger console. The small one is an RCA 16X3.

It has a small tear in the veneer - enough to catch fibers from a cloth for example but has not lifted enough to get underneath with glue.

I have attached a picture of it.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to repair this?

Thanks in advance,

Ed


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 Post subject: Re: Veneer Issue
PostPosted: Aug Wed 11, 2021 4:43 pm 
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Use a heat gun on the lifting part, JUST enough to soften the glue underneath, then lift it and put fresh glue underneath. cover it with plastic wrap, then clamp it with a band strap to apply pressure to the glue and to hold the lifted part in place. Sand lightly (don't go thru' the veneer) and refinish.


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 Post subject: Re: Veneer Issue
PostPosted: Aug Wed 11, 2021 5:13 pm 
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Thank you John.


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 Post subject: Re: Veneer Issue
PostPosted: Aug Wed 11, 2021 7:49 pm 
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I agree with what John said.
Once you do these a couple of times you find a way to make it work.
''Necessity is the mother of invention''
Dan in Calgary .


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 Post subject: Re: Veneer Issue
PostPosted: Aug Wed 11, 2021 10:04 pm 
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Sounds good Dan


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 Post subject: Re: Veneer Issue
PostPosted: Aug Thu 12, 2021 7:11 am 
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You can try whatever you like, but there is a 50:50 chance the crack will reappear over time as the veneer is under tension where it goes around a curve, especially where the side of the cabinet joins on. I've had mixed results with trying to repair veneer cracked across the grain around a curve, sometimes it holds, sometimes not, the only way to fix it for sure is replace a strip of veneer as wide as the crack. The species of veneer in this case looks like either a mahogany, or sapele, with a ribbon grain, if you want to get more of it.
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Arran


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 Post subject: Re: Veneer Issue
PostPosted: Aug Thu 12, 2021 4:47 pm 
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Thank you Arran


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 Post subject: Re: Veneer Issue
PostPosted: Sep Tue 14, 2021 7:33 pm 
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As John mentioned, use the heat gun to soften up the veneer and squirt in underneath the veneer and clamp. I like to put wax down on the surface of both sides of the crack. It helps keeping the glue that oozes out from damaging the surface. The wax is easy to remove after you remove the clamps.


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