Bondo to the Rescue

In order to repair veneer damage we often use bondo. It isn't porous so when you paint over it after sanding it doesn't look like there is a repair...just nice and smooth!
Bondo comes in two parts that you need to mix together.
The directions aren't exactly what works in least not for me. You want to mix it in so its like a greyish maroon color. My super professional measuring is like this.....a tablespoonish of the grey stuff and about 3/4" to an inch of the red stuff.
Apply it to your damage....
We use a putty knife but be sure all your loose veneer is removed first!
Sand once it has dried and you are ready for paint! ALL better! You can also use this to recarve missing appliques, etc. Its a miracle!
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  • Reba Reba on Sep 23, 2017
    sorry how does it look now?

  • Tricia Keeley Tricia Keeley on Oct 04, 2017
    I have an old claw foot round table my mom in law bought from estate sale. It was painted an awful green, i had it removed, n then it sat with the rest of my unfinished projects. im now ready to do what I can to keep it. Needing your expertise. The top is cracking as your dresser. but on one part of the top, it looks like 2 layers of veneer when i pull it up. The base seems dry as well. Please, help. Restore, paint or stain?

  • Dor51112619 Dor51112619 on Dec 09, 2021

    How do you get Verner off

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  • Michelle Michelle on Jun 09, 2018

    I hate it when people post their projects and don’t show how it turned out nor try and help people out by answering questions!!

  • Joyce T Joyce T on Jan 30, 2019

    I will be using this trick on a side board that I have had for years. During a recent move, it got wet and the veneer peeled. I was wondering how I was going to fix it. I thought of doing a ceramic mosaic on top as well.

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    • Suzanne Stoltz Suzanne Stoltz on Jan 08, 2022

      We inherited a curved glass china cabinet from my husband's grandmother. It had lots of veneer damage on the two upright front curve pieces. I decided to replace the veneer but when I scraped it off...there was beautiful solid wood underneath! Just stained it and tung oiled the entire piece! Sometimes you luck out!