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How To Quickly Remove Veneer With A Heat Gun

Okay, I'll admit... this is not the prettiest post. But, I'm excited to share a secret with you! Today, I want to demonstrate a quick and easy way to remove wood veneer from furniture. In this post, you'll receive step by step instructions and a video demonstration on How to Quickly Remove Veneer with a Heat Gun

That's right! There are no harmful chemicals involved nor is there any back breaking labor. This method of removing veneer is going to save you so much time! It's a game changer!

"There are usually several options when it comes to refinishing furniture. I always prefer taking the easiest and most effecient route." -Thirty Eighth Street

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Disclaimer: HomeRight provided us with a heat gun to complete this DIY project. However, all of the reviews and opinions expressed here are 100% my own regardless of affiliation. This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our full disclosure for more info. 

If you're out shopping and you see used furniture with peeling veneer at a thrift store, through an on-line sales site or at an estate sale you might start to feel overwhelmed or defeated. But, dont! 

Most simple veneer peeling can easily be repaired by re-gluing and clamping the veneer back into place and gouges can be filled with Bondo or wood filler. (You can read about my favorite brands here.)

You might come across a piece of furniture like this dresser of mine which has some MAJOR veneer peeling...

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... which might make you start to wonder if that cute piece of furniture you found is even salvageable or at the very least make you start doubting yourself and your ability to fix it.

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Contrary to what you might think, not only is this piece salvageable but those peeling veneer areas are about to get YOU a serious price reduction!

Remember, if YOU'RE doubting yourself, there is a good chance that others have been admiring that same piece of furniture and have walked away...  thinking the same exact thing! Therefore, little demand =  great deal for you!

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Are you ready to feel empowered to take on peeling veneer? I hope so! There are usually several options when it comes to refinishing furniture. I always prefer taking the easiest and most efficient route

With a HomeRight heat gun you can remove paint, urethane, varnish, vinyl tile, laminates and stickersHave you ever found a dresser with stickers plastered all over it? Those can take FOREVER to get off! This digital heat gun can help you remove the stickers quickly! 

This heat gun can also be used for craft applications, distressing, embossing, forming hockey stick blades, loosening bolts, soldering, thawing frozen items and weather-proofing. You can read more about this multi-purpose tool here. 

How To Remove Veneer From Wood Furniture With A Heat Gun

Supplies To Quickly Remove Veneer 

Nozzle (comes with the kit)
All purpose scraper (comes with the kit)

Step by Step Instructions To Remove Veneer With A Heat Gun

Step #1:  Read the Directions

This digital temperature heat gun is simple to operate, but there are some important safety instructions that you must read! You'll also find a chart with the recommended heat settings depending on what kind of project you're working on. 

Step #2: Choose Your Nozzle & Turn on the Heat Gun

We opted to use the Deflector Nozzle for our furniture project, but the Concentrator Nozzle works great for peeling veneer too!

Step #3: Select Your Heat Setting

Use the arrow keys to select your heat setting. The digital reader will show you both the heat setting that you've set it too and the temperature that its currently at. 

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Step #4: Hold your Digital Temperature Heat Gun Above an Area of Veneer

Once the heat gun has reached the desired temperature, hold the heat gun about an 1.5"- 2" away from the veneer. Hold the heat to the desired area for a few seconds, then move it back and forth for a few more seconds. 

Push the scraper with your other hand against the edge of the veneer right below the heat source. Some areas may be more stubborn then others. We found that simply moving the heat gun over the stubborn area for a longer period of time did the trick!

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See you later peeling veneer... you've been discarded! Quickly, painlessly and without any messy and harsh chemicals! :)

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Watch us in action to see how easy it is to remove peeling veneer!

After reading through this tutorial and watching our demo video we hope that you feel more empowered to tackle those peeling veneer problems!

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Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street

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  1. Great post. I am needing to tackle some veneer refurbishing projects. This is great to now. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

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    1. It really is such a great tool! I never want to work harder then I have to! ;)

  3. I think I need to get one of these! I've been using a damp cloth to soften and a blow dryer heat and peel the veneer but the blow dryer doesn't get hot enough. I see a heat gun in my future :) Thanks Carrie

    1. Annie, It's a game changer! I think you're going to love it! :)

  4. I used heat for removing paint from a chandelier recently. I have an old table and the veneer is cracking. I'll give this a try on that one! Thanks for sharing!

    1. I wish you all the best on your DIY projects! Thanks for stopping by!