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#931793 - 01/29/18 03:00 PM Refinishing Mantles (Veneer)
CabinConnection Offline
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 01/20/04
Posts: 52479
Loc: The Indianhead's Left Nostril....
I've a project coming up where I need to refinish 20-25 gas fireplace mantles, which are essentially a veneer top. Problems range from simple scratches to severe checking/buckling due to sun and/or moisture damage.

While I'll look for more photos and add them to this thread as I find them, I thought I'd get this going asking for HELP! cry

I've very little experience with this kind of salvage work, and you WON'T hurt my feelings asking any question(s).

What I do know is these tops are a veneer of some species, and it looks like a poly was used. I don't know the species, and I don't know if in fact it was a poly. They were built about 17 years ago. All of the moisture/sun damaged ones are triangle shaped, with the fireplace sitting "inside" a corner. Other fireplaces are "outside" corner units, so the mantles form an "L" and these are only scratched (no sun/moisture).

Typical "outside corner" fireplace, L shaped mantle is above this:



Typical "inside corner" fireplace, triangle shaped mantle is above this:



Typical scratched or worn mantles:









Typical moisture / sun damage (two different mantles):





Edited by CabinConnection (01/29/18 03:32 PM)
Edit Reason: Added photos

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#931801 - 01/29/18 03:44 PM Re: Refinishing Mantles (Veneer) [Re: CabinConnection]
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Loc: SW Michigan
Oh dear... The scratched ones can probably be brought back using a furniture restorer, like Formby's, and a fresh coat of finish.

The others, being veneer, look bad. I'm not sure any freshening/refinishing will do much. Once that lifting appears you have a failure of the adhesive holding the veneer. Kinda like old paint, chipping and bubbling up. I'd figure on replacing that.

BTW, wood looks like Birch.
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#931803 - 01/29/18 03:58 PM Re: Refinishing Mantles (Veneer) [Re: mommapup.]
CabinConnection Offline
Bigfoot
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 01/20/04
Posts: 52479
Loc: The Indianhead's Left Nostril....
Originally Posted By mommapup.
The others, being veneer, look bad. I'm not sure any freshening/refinishing will do much. Once that lifting appears you have a failure of the adhesive holding the veneer.

Pretty much my conclusion as well. Nuts.

I "think" the whole triangle shaped mantle can be removed, including the edge banding, in one piece. If that's the case, then I can (maybe?) remove/replace just the veneer, leaving the single straight edge in place.

Thanks BTW.

Looking for others' suggestions / comments as well. smile

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