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GreggG 05-15-2011 07:18 AM

Peel and Stick Veneer and Contact Cement
Hello All:

Has anyone tried using contact cement on the frames before installing PSA ( peel and stick ) veneer? I am going to reface my kitchen cabinets and like the idea of using veneer with adhesive already on the back. I know there is veneer you can buy without adhesive on the back but I definitely don’t want to use it because I will be using prefinished veneer and don’t want to take a chance on getting contact cement on the finish.
I did a couple of tests on two pieces of wood 2” x 30”. The test pieces already had a finish on them and were cut from the same board. I cleaned both with denatured alcohol to remove dirt etc. Sanded lightly and wiped down with a tack cloth.
On one piece I applied 2 light coats of (flammable not water based ) contact cement using a 4” paint roller with a very short knap. I let it dry till the contact cement was just slightly tacky and applied the peel and stick veneer. I pressed the veneer down using the recommended “ flat blade “ tool.
On the other piece I applied the peel and stick veneer without any contact cement using the same technique and tool.

I waited 24 hours and tried to remove the veneer.
On the test piece WITHOUT the contact cement I was able to pick off pieces of veneer along the edge about the size of a postage stamp with my fingernail. I then tried to remove the veneer using a 1” chisel. I was able to pry up small pieces about the size of a coffee cup.
On the test piece WITH the contact cement I could NOT pick off any pieces from the edge without great effort and almost lost a fingernail. I tried the 1” chisel and could only remove veneer using a hammer with the chisel. It was like chiseling solid wood.
My conclusion: I will go with the contact cement.

Has anyone had experience using contact cement or know of any reason why contact cement should not be used with peel and stick veneer ?

Many thanks

Just Bill 05-15-2011 07:57 AM

The surface to which you are applying the PS MUST be clean, and should be roughened slightly. Roll veneer after applying.

Ron6519 05-15-2011 11:38 AM

"... know of any reason why contact cement should not be used with peel and stick veneer ?"
The 2 adhesives could be incompatible over time.

Bud Cline 05-15-2011 02:45 PM

Why would you be picking at the veneer after it is applied anyway?

Too much adhesive under the veneer would make any outside corners difficult to deal with. You wouldn't use a chisel to try to peel paint off your cars fender just to see if the paint is sticking!!!:)

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