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Old 12-04-2010, 04:59 PM   #1
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How to repair bathroom cabinet veneer?

In an attempt to maintain the originality of the trailer, I want to keep the vinyl veneer in the bathroom. It covers the walls and the cabinets. Problem is, its de-laminating near the edges of the wooden frame of the doors. In some areas, the veneer has started to bend away from the wood frame. I have applied contact cement, but because of the distorted surface, it just goes back to the position it has been in for years. Has anyone tried to keep/repair this veneer in their unit? Will the "gentle" use of a heat gun remove the veneer and will I be able to get it back to the original shape and then re-glue it?

If not, what glue have you guys found that will keep the edges attached?

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Old 12-04-2010, 05:46 PM   #2
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With formica I have very good luck using an iron on a low setting to heat up the old glue. I would try to heat it up to make it more pliable and then add the contact cement. Some boards and a clamp to straighten out the veneer til it dries.
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I had several panel that were completely delaminated. I was able to use a "mouse" sander and 80 grit to remove all the old adhesive and bits of plywood and then used laminate contact cement to re-attach it to the substrate. If it is just an edge the iron may work.
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If that fails, as a plan B, you could trim the edges to conceal the lifting. If you pre-caulk the trim before attaching it, you'll prevent further moisture entering the seam.
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