Veneer Application Tips of the Trade
- Veneers should be applied with a vacuum, cold or hot press, using white
or yellow glue. be sure to use white glue with a low filler content
because some may not work with these types of products. If a press is not
available, use a contact cement with a high level of solids. No matter
what method is used, make sure to follow the adhesive manufacturer
- Water base finishes are not recommended for finishing veneer.
- Edgemate Veneers are not intended for structural use. Veneers must be
bonded to a substrate of reliable quality, MDF (medium density fiberboard)
is recommended above others followed by industrial particle board and then
- Edgemate does not recommend direct application to drywall,
plaster walls, concrete wall or cardboard substrates as delamination may occur.
is important, that when the veneer is laid out for preparation for laminating
that it be completely covered plastic at all times.
- Wood veneers rely 100% on
the adhesive for bonding strength. Both the veneer back and the substrate
require 100% adhesive coverage. In most situations, a second coat is needed on
the substrate, because the first coat may be partially absorbed into the
- Make sure to allow the proper drying time between adhesive coats.
Normally there is a generous window of time. Glues should be completely dry
before applying veneer. Anything less creates the risk of a week bond between
the two glue lines. Rushing can lead to solvent pockets appearing as bubbles.
using contact cement, a pinch roller is recommended for pressing veneer to the
substrate. A flexible wood scraper tool or a 3-4 inch J-roller may be used for a
pinch roller is not available.
- After laminating of veneers, the adhesive
should be allowed to dry for 24 hours before applying any finish products. Apply
finish in light even coats. Allow 24 hours drying time between stain and sealer