How to Replace Laminate on Furniture

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Replacing laminate on furniture is something you need to do very carefully to help make sure that you don't damage the piece you're working with. Replace laminate on furniture with help from a master precision craftsman in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Todd Languell, The Flying Furniture Guy from R & D Wood Shop in Scotia, New York. Today, I'm going to show you how to replace laminate on furniture. Okay, you can see that I've glued down a piece of laminate on a table top, you can see I've got it on there, it's not going to come off, but I inadvertently on purpose made it short so I can show you how to remove this laminate. Alright, so what you're going to need to do is you're going need to stand the piece up, if you can, you're going to clamp it down. And you can see that I can't pull this off, it doesn't want to come off. So what I want to do is in a well ventilated area you're going to take xylene, make sure that you read all the precautions on xylene, please, because this stuff is caustic. Okay and what I like to do is I like to tilt this slightly, if I can. You're going to want to angle this slightly and you're going to want to pour some xylene right across that edge and then what you're going to want, is you're going to want to try to get scraper down there. If that doesn't work a plastic scraper and you're going to use a metal scraper. Once you start to be able to get that down inside that edge what you want to do is you want to pull it open just a little bit, you're going to want to pour some more xylene down in there. Now there's no way that you're going to be able to use this scraper the whole length. So at this point you're going to take a dowel, you're going to work that dowel, go on get in there, you're going to work that dowel right down inside there, like that, you're then going to pour some more xylene down inside there, a liberal amount. You're then going to just work that xylene and that dowel right down the whole edge, like that, taking it off at the bottom and lifting if off. And you can condition the surface, you can wipe it down with some xylene, you can even wipe this down with xylene and reuse it if need to. I'm Todd Languell, The Flying Furniture Guy. And this was how to replace laminate on furniture.


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