How to Remove Old Veneer Tape Edging

Updated March 23, 2017

Cracked and damaged veneer tape edging can ruin the look of your furniture. A thin piece of wood applied to the edge of furniture to cover inferior wood products, such as medium density fiberboard, veneer tape edging can deteriorate with age and improper use. If you decide to refinish your old furniture, removing the edging can be a tedious process. By applying heat to the veneer tape edging, you will loosen the bond and be able to remove the edging in pieces.

Protect the top of the piece of furniture with an old sheet or towels. Place breeze blocks or other heavy items to keep pressure on the top of the table and to limit the chance of the heat gun loosening intact veneer.

Find the seam of the veneer edge tape or start where the veneer edge tape has cracked or come loose.

Apply heat to the veneer edge tape, small sections at a time, using a heat gun to loosen the glue.

Pry the veneer edge tape away from the furniture with a putty knife. The tape may come off in small pieces.

Smooth any remaining glue or gouges with sandpaper to prepare the edge of the furniture for new edging or paint.

Things You'll Need

  • Towels or old sheet
  • Breeze blocks
  • Heat gun
  • Metal putty knife
  • Sandpaper
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