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Stick On Veneers

PostPost by: KevJ+2 » Fri Apr 29, 2016 12:19 pm

I've just been emailed this latest product. I bought my walnut veneer from this company, but it sems they don't do a stick on one. Might be of interest to 2 seat owners though.
http://www.thewoodveneerhub.co.uk/wood- ... ck-veneer/
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PostPost by: The Veg » Fri Apr 29, 2016 1:59 pm

I wonder how well the adhesive will hold-up over years of the conditions it will be exposed to in the car.
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PostPost by: gherlt » Sat Apr 30, 2016 8:44 am

Well, the S1 I bought in Germany had kind of PVC film put onto the dashboard, and I have to say, 38 years later at first and second glance it did fool me, and although it did peel off easily, the glue was still "in working order".
A car that would be parked outside in California maybe another thing ...
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PostPost by: denicholls2 » Wed May 04, 2016 6:10 pm

From personal experience, this is a very demanding application. When I made my new dash, my woodworking experience with stick-on veneer led me to immediately reject that as a viable solution (for pretty much any term.) And so I used three coats of brush-on contact cement on both surfaces, which once stuck together "never" unsticks again. Each coat was dried thoroughly before recoating and the veneer applied with the recommended J-roller after the final coat dried.

It didn't take very long (months) for sections of that to lift. Leaving me to wonder if the less-durable stick-on veneer might actually handle the temperature and humidity swings better then 'more durable' solutions.

It also led to a greater respect for whatever was used on the originals (which I always assumed was contact cement 'cause that's been the stuff to use for veneers and countertop laminates for as long as I've been conscious of them.)
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PostPost by: pereirac » Thu May 05, 2016 12:14 pm

At least stick on veneers might not crack after a few years... :D

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PostPost by: bill308 » Sat May 14, 2016 5:01 pm

With adhesives, it's usually a good idea not to over apply or use too thick a coat. I wonder if a single moderately heavy coat would have been better than 3-coats. Also, not all contact cement is crated equal. Some are more water/moisture resistant than others. Perhaps a contact cement compounded for the marine industry would be the best solution?

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