I am in the process of restoring and re-finishing an old Art Deco veneer cabinet.
My goal is to use it in our new ensuite, which is yet to be built.
I have been doing lots of reading, watching Youtube video's, sending off emails with questions, etc, so I can learn as I go. I still have lots of unanswered questions though.
The first part of my project is to strip back the cabinet, fix the small pieces of damage to the veneer, then finish it off.
I'd like to oil it, because a key feature of the cabinet is the grain in the veneer on the front doors.
Given it will be used in a bathroom, I know I will need to seal it very thoroughly, to prevent it from getting damaged and prevent from the veneer from bubbling/warping/coming unstuck. I've found a couple of products used on boats, both epoxy's. One is solvent based and one isn't. From some research I've seen, the non-solvent based one appears to be more water proof - so it is the one I'll likely use. It's called Bote Cote and is sold here in Australia.
I have a number of questions that you may be able to help me with.
1. How do I repair small chips and cracks in the veneer? There is no major damage, just small chips around the edges, a couple of deeper dings, and some spots where the veneer is lifting (which I intend on gluing back down with wood glue and clamping)?
2. Can/should I use the epoxy mix to fill small chips? I've heard about tinting expoxy, is this the best way forward? Or should I use a wood putty?
3. If I stain the timber, can I oil it and then put its epoxy coats on? I'm unsure if I can put epoxy waterproofing over an oil.
Thank you for your advice.
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