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jamesjle 10-13-2012 04:44 PM

Heat gun & veneer plywood
Has anyone had problems removing varnish on veneer plywood with a heat gun. On solid timber no problem, just keep moving but does this apply to veneer or is the outer layer too delicate?

CalebD 10-13-2012 08:06 PM

Re: Heat gun & veneer plywood
I'd be concerned as you are of causing the outer layer of wood laminate to buckle away from the lower layers. The glue between the layers might, or might not hold fast.
No way to know without trying.
I'd have similar concerns if using a paint stripper.
If it does pull up or buckle you could remove the buckled sections and cover it with thickened epoxy and sand fair.

Flybyknight 10-13-2012 08:28 PM

Re: Heat gun & veneer plywood
Tried it and the veneer delaminated.
Had better luck heating a paint scraper as I was scraping the varnish.


jamesjle 10-14-2012 02:18 AM

Re: Heat gun & veneer plywood
Thanks for the confirmation, I thought it would be a bit dodgy, in a forepeak, fiixed bulkhead over damagable repainted bilges...... Back to the Bahco

poopdeckpappy 10-14-2012 01:16 PM

Try a little citrus strip and a cabinet scraper

jamesjle 10-15-2012 06:56 AM

Re: Heat gun & veneer plywood
How does citrus strip feel about one pack polyurethane?

poopdeckpappy 10-15-2012 12:01 PM

I find that citrus strip is a equal opportunity striper, has worked well on everything I've used it on

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