How to Glue Vinyl to Wood

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Things You'll Need

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