When the laminate layer on furniture dries out, usually on antiques, the glue that holds the laminate can lose adhesion. The laminate will lift, creating a bulge, or come completely loose from one end and peel back. This might be the only damage to a dresser that you wish to keep using, or a dresser that you want to refurbish. Laminate can be glued back down. It's not complicated. Just use some glue, masking tape and a few weights.
Tip the dresser on one side if necessary so that the peeling side is facing up. Slip the end of a putty knife under any loose pieces of laminate. Lift up the laminate gently with one hand without breaking it off. There will be dried glue on the wood under the laminate. It is a light-crusty substance. Scrape it off with the end of the putty knife until you can see bare wood. Scrape all of the peeled area.
Mix the powdered resin glue with water according to manufacturer's directions. Using a 1/2-inch brush, apply the glue to the bare wood under each peeled piece of laminate. Apply enough glue to thoroughly wet the wood. Wait 30 minutes or until the glue becomes sticky.
Press the laminate down into the glue with your fingers. Press hard enough to make it stick to the glue. If the laminate cracks with the grain, that's OK. When each section is pressed down, use masking tape to secure it by stretching and pressing the masking tape down over the glued laminate.
Place thin plastic down on top of the dresser, over the tape. Place individual blocks of wood over the taped areas to provide the pressure points to the glued areas. Place heavy objects on top of the blocks. Use anything you can find to provide as much weight to the blocks as possible. Wait 24 hours for the glue to dry.
Remove the weights, blocks, plastic and tape. Lightly sand the surface of the dresser until smooth with 100-grit sandpaper attached to a hand block or with an oscillating tool fitted with a sanding accessory.
Apply a coat of penetrating oil stain to the dresser with a soft cloth after repairing both sides, the top and the drawer fronts in the same manner. Let the oil sink in for one hour and then apply another coat.
Spray the dresser with one coat of lacquer. Wait 30 minutes and sand the dresser by hand with 120-grit sandpaper. Spray one more coat to finish.
Tips & Warnings
- Resin glue comes in different colors. Use one that will match the color of stain you wish to use.
- Always wear breathing and eye protection when working with wood or wood finishing products.
Things You'll Need:
- Putty knife
- Powdered resin glue
- Masking tape
- Plastic sheeting
- Wood blocks 3/4 inch thick, random sizes
- 100-grit sandpaper
- Hand block
- Handheld oscillating tool with sanding accessory
- Oil stain
- Aerosol lacquer
- 120-grit sandpaper
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