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Old 03-03-2013, 08:22 AM   #1
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wood veneer on melamine


I am thinking of refinishing the kitchen cabinets in the house I am buying, they are white melamine and about30 years old. I am under a budget restraint and thought of covering them with wood veneer, applied with contact cement. Can this be done

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Why not just remove the existing melamine? Trying to get the new stuff to stick on top of the old might be a waste of time. That and by the time you did get it done you'd probably end up with something that didn't look all that great. Price out what replacement doors alone might cost. It may well be a better bargain than what you'll waste on the glue, veneer, edging and your time.

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My money goes there's nothing but partical board under it and the melamines not coming off without distroying what's under it.
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Good point Joe. With today's stuff it'd very likely be a processed product underneath. 30 year old might be even worse. I'd still think it would be a better plan to seriously compare the price of some replacement doors. At least then you're starting fresh and saving a LOT of time.
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I agree 100%.
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Sand the mellamine with 100 grit paper. This is for the cement to stick to, otherwise, cement may slide around. Cement on the veneer. Wait until cement is dry enough that most of tack is gone. Feeling the tack means the cement is not dry enough. Put the veneer on and roll. Watch the edge with the roll so you don't roll past the edge and snap off the veneer. You need to roll the edge, making sure the veneer edge has full contact.
After the veneer is on, wait a week without trimming. The first try I did, I trimmed the veneer right away and veneer shrank. Trimming can be done with sharp razor.

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