How to Glue Vinyl to Wood

Written by john walker
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A veneer is any type of covering added to a sheet of wood to alter the appearance of the wood. Most veneers are applied to a plywood or pressboard sheet. The material is cheaper, but the end result gives the impression of a solid wood surface. Vinyl veneers on wood offer an easy-to-clean surface that you can customise, and are often found in kitchens. The vinyl sheet attaches to the wood's surface, and a bond is created through the use of melamine glue.

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Things you need

  • Vinyl sheet
  • Razor blade
  • Melamine glue
  • Glue roller
  • 2 wood sheets
  • Clamps
  • Rag

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  1. 1

    Wipe the surface of the wood and the underside of the vinyl with a rag to clear off any debris or dust.

  2. 2

    Apply the melamine glue over the wood. Use a glue roller, which looks like a handheld rolling pin, to spread the glue evenly over the surface of the wood. Every inch should be covered with a thin coat of glue.

  3. 3

    Lay the vinyl sheet on top of the wood. Use a clean glue roller to smooth out the surface and to press out air bubbles. Make sure you have an overlap on each side of the wood.

  4. 4

    Place an equal sized board on top of the vinyl, creating a sandwich with the vinyl in the middle. Use a clamp every 6 to 8 inches. Place a heavy item on the centre of larger surfaces to maintain pressure across the board. Allow the structure to dry per directions on the bottle of melamine glue.

  5. 5

    Remove the clamps and top board. Trim the edges of the vinyl veneer with a razor blade, flush with the edge of the wood.

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