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Can you decoupage over laminated wood?

Asked by poofandmook (17320points) October 25th, 2010

We have a few old blah laminated wood pieces of furniture… a desk and a mirror to be exact, that we’d like to spruce up with some decoupaging. I just wondered if it was possible to do so without prepping the furniture in some way…?

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Winters's avatar

I’m not sure, but I think it would be a good idea to use sandpaper to get it porous.

cazzie's avatar

Yes, you can, and I wouldn’t even think sanding necessary. If the finish on the furniture is super high gloss, then, yeah, perhaps sand, but then you’re going to have to be sure that you sand evenly, depending on how much you are changing the background colour (is it dark stained?) and if what you are putting over it becomes a bit transparent.

When you decoupage, your enemies are air bubbles and not letting each layer dry properly. You can decide with your last layer, if you want a gloss or matte finish.

I would think, with most things, make sure the surface is clean and dry.

Good luck and I’d love to see a picture of the finished product!!

anartist's avatar

Sanding would not concern me. Loosening the glues holding the underlying laminate together would. I would paint the piece with a coat of sealer, sanding if necessary to get sealer coat to hold.

Deja_vu's avatar

Yes, I have!

rooeytoo's avatar

I think glue would stick easily to laminated wood without any prep, then a coat of clear sealer over the whole thing.

cazzie's avatar

@anartist depending on how old the piece is… wouldn’t it take a pretty harsh solvent to get absorbed and loosen the layers of wood? I’m thinking she’d just be using a PVC based clear glue… that shouldn’t make the layers separate, would it? hmmm…

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