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Old 01-04-2006, 10:17 PM   #15
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The cabinets in my '58 are making me crazy. They are scuffed and scratched in places and are all covered in a VERY thin birch veneer (I think). The lightest sanding with anything from 220 to 400 grit sandpaper seems to start making dark marks in the veneer which is, I think, the wood underneath the veneer showing through.

I see pictures posted by folks like Yukonia, in a different thread, where their wood looks like this: http://www.airforums.com/forum...6&d=1089844296 and also by Cruiser, in a nother thread: http://www.airforums.com/forum...9&d=1080602354

But no wood in my trailer looks like that, except for the non-visible, unfinished plywood, like the insides of the wardrobes. But I could care less about that wood, honestly, I want to get the birch veneer patched up and shiny again. Any ideas?

Here's an example of what my wood looks like, attached. Note the scuffs and scratches. If I were just to go over this with Watco Danish oil, would it hide those? Then I suppose I could just replace the veneer in places where it is chipped off, right?

Any advice is appreciated! Thanks!
Ankornuta, I am suprised to hear your '58s cabinet veneer is so thin that 220 or 400 grit paper is wearing through it. I have been sanding the oak interior on my Safari first by hand and then eventually trying a small belt sander out on it. It has never been refinished before and looks alot like Yukonia's "before" - sort of greyish cast. I have been able to start with a 60 grit and then work my way up to 80, 120, 180 and then finally 220 with no problems. It's important to just keep the sander level so it doesn't burn through the thin veneer. I am going to try Tung oil out on the finished pieces and then buff them with a bee's wax (Uwe's suggestion). Maybe you've solved your problem by now, but can you try a rougher grit in a place that's not visable? Both sides of all my interior pieces are veneered whether you see them or not. Is it possible it's been sanded before?
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60 grit sandpaper shouldn't be used on veneer and not with a belt sander. You would go through it like paper. Use a good random orbit sander and 120 grit at the most with a light touch.
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60 grit sandpaper shouldn't be used on veneer and not with a belt sander. You would go through it like paper. Use a good random orbit sander and 120 grit at the most with a light touch.
I was very hesitant to try it too, Craftsman, (and actually have only gone down to 80 with the sander but that's still pretty course) but so far I haven't burned through anything - Whatever seems to be on the outer portion of the paneling seems very resistant to coming off without a lot of persuasion...I hand sanded a lot of panels and originally started with 150 just to be safe but was getting nowhere with that technique. I will be cautious in the future because I know what a belt sander is capable of doing instantaniously....(Keeping the fingers crossed here) Diane
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