Super-Soft 2™ flattens and softens crotch, burl, and other wavy veneers by temporarily plasticizing wood cells. This outstanding product conditions and "tames" wood veneer to prevent splits and cracks by instantly making them remarkably flexible. It does all this without affecting the veneer's bonding, staining, or finishing properties.
Apply by dipping, spraying, or brushing. No mixing required.
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Because of the unique formulation of Super-Soft 2, it may also be dried with a household clothes iron on the low/medium setting for instant veneer flattening. Do this is a well ventilated area.
I took the picture shown here to give you an idea as to how well Super-Soft 2 works. This image shows madrone burl veneer rolled around a pencil. There are no cracks or splits. If I can roll a burl veneer this tight, you can probably imagine the possibilities with complex veneering projects!
Will Super-Soft 2 work on thicker wood veneer and thin lumber?
Generally speaking, the softener will be less effective on thick-cut veneers. The range of effectiveness is based on thickness, species, and grain orientation. We have heard of good results from guitar makers who use the softener to make some species of thin lumber more bendable.
Can I stack veneers between layers of absorbent paper when flattening?
I don't recommend stacking more than four veneers at a time. If the veneers are extremely brittle or wavy, only stack in groups of two.
Is the softener freeze/thaw stable?
Freezing will not harm this product.
Will this softener allow the veneer to bend in two directions?
It is quite difficult (if not impossible) to apply a veneer to a project with curves on two planes - such as a the shape of a potato chip. Veneer will bend but it will not stretch or expand. Veneer softener makes veneer flexible but not stretchable. You can bend veneer along the grain or across the grain but not both.
How do I know when the veneer softener has dried?
Determining when the softener has fully dried has a lot to do with your senses. If the veneer feels cool, looks dark, or smells a lot like the softener, then it is not quite dry.
Does Super Soft 2 leave a residue when dry?
What kind of incompatibility issues are there with this softener?
We have yet to find any incompatibility issues with veneers treated with SS2. This includes water-based stains and finishes, oil-based stains and finishes, lacquer, conversion varnish, polyurethane, alcohol-based finishes, wood dyes, shellac, and others.
Can I use this veneer softener on paperbacked veneer?
If used sparingly, the softener will have an effect on most paperbacked veneers. Spray a paper towel with softener and gently wipe on a non-saturating coat to make paperbacked veneer more flexible. Always test the softener on a veneer scrap before applying to the project veneer.
Is this veneer softener diluted?
Absolutely not! It is full strength but you can dilute it by 10% with water (though we don't see a benefit to doing that).
What is the shelf life of the softener?
The shelf life is indefinite. It should last forever.
What's the best method of application?
Spraying is the most efficient way to apply Super-Soft 2.
Can you ship this overseas?
How long will softening effect last?
The softening effects vary from one species to another. Some users are finding the flexibility so remain for as long as 2 weeks. Generally speaking, you can expect the effects to last from 4 to 7 days.
Can this veneer softener be used on the same veneer more than once?
Yes. If the veneer requires additional flattening, Super-Soft 2 can be re-applied as many times as needed.
Will Super-Soft 2 make the veneer sticky like homemade softener?
Not at all. The veneer will feel soft and pliable not sticky and brittle.
How much coverage will I get from a bottle of softener?
There's no way to specify a coverage amount. It really depends on the veneer species, grain, moisture content, and method of application. Most folks find that a quart goes much further than expected.
Can I heat the softener with a clothes iron to dry it faster?
Yes but do so in a well-ventilated area. After applying Super-Soft to the veneer, use a clothes iron set on medium heat to dry and flatten the veneer at the same time. It's best to put a cotton or flannel cloth between the veneer and the iron. Keep the iron moving continuously around on the veneer. When the veneer appears to be dry you can prep it for glued in the veneer press. The effects of the softener are notably shorter with this trick so be certain to use the veneer as soon as possible. Otherwise it may ripple again.
Is it safe to dry it with heat?
Most of what will be evaporated into the air at temperatures above 212F deg will be water. SuperSoft 2 has a very high boiling point, meaning no volatiles will be produced until over 350F degrees. Because it contains some water, it's possible that the steam from the water above 212F degrees will carry some of the softener with it. It's unlikely that the lower temperature will create any volatiles from the veneer softener, so it would be a small amount, if any. If some of the softener does get airborne in the steam, the chemical driven off is diethylene glycol monoethyl ether which, according to the MSDS, it is not expected to be an inhalation hazard. However, circulating and exhaust fans should always be used where volatiles are present.
Will this softener affect cutting/trimming with a veneer saw?
A properly sharpened veneer saw will work perfectly with a veneer treated with SS2 once it has dried.
Does Super-Soft 2 affect a veneer that will be adhered with hide glue or CA glue?
Once dry, Super-Soft 2 has no impact on the bonding of veneer with any adhesive.
Why did my veneer not flatten out after being clamped between two boards?
Some species will require a lot of clamping pressure to flatten out. Maple is notoriously difficult to flatten unless you use a very significant amount of clamping pressure. A vacuum press and vacuum bag are ideal for the more troublesome veneer species. The vacuum press creates up 1,750 lbs of clamping power per square foot and can be used to flatten a veneer for the first few hours. If your veneer does not come out flat after the first pressing, apply more softener and start the flattening process again. A second application of softener is generally not needed when flattening with a vacuum press but is often required if you are simply clamping between two boards with woodworking clamps.
Review by Greg Seiferth
I purchased some crotch Honduran mahogany from an old woodworker closing down his business. I bought about thirty sheets. I showed my wife my find and she said it was a total waste of money. I have dealt with wavy materials, but nothing like this. The veneer was rippled and extremely brittle. Working with a potato chip would have been easier. I purchased some softener from [another company] and it had no effect even in a vacuum press. I bought this product as a last resort to prove my wife wrong. I have recently started buying from Joe and his service and products are definitely first class! I was able to straighten the veneer literally within twenty minutes with an iron. I was shocked. I am still going to put it in a vacuum press but I could almost glue up like it is. Needless to say the only thing I kept from the competitor was the spray bottle. Joe my wife wants to know if this stuff will get rid of her wrinkles. I am so glad I found your site. Dealing on the internet doesn't always work out so well, but your products are great. The end tables I made with the mahogany turned out beautiful thanks to Super Soft 2. And the best thing is my wife is super happy I spent the $ 50.00. I rarely write reviews, but dealing with your products and service deserves one.
Review by Pete J. Wilson
It took awhile for me to figure out that flat veneers are more expensive than veneers which require flattening with veneer softener. I can tell you the savings are worth the investment since the process to make a veneer flat is relatively simple. The softener works by chemically modifying the wood cell structure for a brief period so that the veneer can be crushed between two boards without cracking. This softener seems to work better another brand that I tried. They looked the same but I think this one is better for some reason.
Review by William Kneller
The veneer softener and conditioner worked very well. It softened the veneer to where it was easy to work with and it helped a lot to keep the veneer from cracking and splitting.
Review by Ed Brown
I'm just a beginner. I was trying to cut some burl veneer and it just splintered. It was so wavy I almost threw it away. I use about four times as much as I expected, but now that burl is easy to cut and just lays flat.
Review by Damon Penn
I've been a dedicated customer for several years and have always been pleased with your products. I recently took out some walnut burl that I stored improperly for several years and it had more waves than the Atlantic in a hurricane. I used the softener and some packing paper and they came out as flat as a sheet of paper. Great product and great tips on how to use it.
Review by Mark Osgood
Just received my second order of Super-Soft 2. I just had a project with compound curves and tight bends. The project would have been impossible without the softener. I highly recommend this product.
The project was kind of a "wood joke" and consisted of making a bicycle seat of wood. I used Madrone burl (also from VeneerSupplies.com) and the finished product resembles Ostrich skin.
Review by Scott Darrow
Shipping was fast and Joe has been great at responding to questions. I am new to veneer techniques and he has helped a lot.
Review by Erik Curtis
Great product. Really, I mean great. And always enjoy ordering from Joe. Great service.
Review by Bill Stickney
Not too much I can add about this stuff that hasn't already been said. It works great! Joe is really quick on answering questions and very knowledgeable. Highly recommended.
Review by Sam Morris
What can I say that hasn't already been said. I took the time to read the reviews before buying this softener so I was expecting great things from SS2. I'm very happy to report that it's even better than I expected. I have some old Walnut veneer and it's brittle. This stuff made it easy to use and my project is turning out very well. Thanks Joe for a great product and your help.
Review by Preston Weir
This stuff is magic. It turned some old, brittle burl veneer I was given into soft, pliable, and finally usable stock.
Spray application is easy, and iron drying went better than expected. It works as advertised (potentially even better!), assuming you follow the directions.
Review by Dan Fritchley
This stuff is really great. Even within an hour of spraying this product on pliability was 100% better. I tried to laminate a Les Paul guitar body with some gorgeous grain curly maple veneer... big mistake! A Les Paul has enough curves and contours so even though I used a sand bag and the 400 lbs of wood pellets stacked on top it just wouldn't take the curves properly. But with Super Soft, it laminated true and there are no lifted voids in the curves. I would recommend this to anyone that either needs to flatten or needs a veneer to adhere to a multi-curved surface. Also shipping is great. Ordered Monday and it was here Wednesday. Also products were so well protected it was near bomb proof.
Review by John Kunstman
GREAT STUFF! This SS2 works better then it's advertising! Easy to use and it doesn't stink up the shop.
Review by Richard K
Previously had been using water to flatten out my veneer, only to have them rebound once dry. My first project using this product was with some 20 year old crotch mahogany veneer. I was thinking it was toast. Not a chance. I flattened using this product, the results were amazing, and the left-overs are still flat and readily usable!
Review by Jim T
This stuff performs as advertised. I also liked the quick-dry tip using the vacuum press. I may add a dash of this the next time we make pasta!
Review by Gene Nolan
I've just begun to use this softener and I can already see how much improved it is over the softener I was buying at my local Wood Craft. The softener appears to work almost immediately and for the oak burl veneer that I am currently working with, this stuff is absolutely amazing. I contacted Joe about this item before buying and he quickly responded with some very helpful information about using it. He also was able to ship it on the same day that I ordered. I can say enough about how great my experience has been here.
Review by Brenden H.
Woodworking is not just my hobby; its also my passion and my livelyhood. I've been veneering for 20+ years and I've used a lot of snake-oil products including various concoctions that claim to flatten and soften veneer. Rubbish!!!
I didnt want to try the Super Softener because I figured it to be nothing better than the rest. I was wrong. Very, very wrong.
This softener is the best there is. Period. No need to look elsewhere. No need to think about it. No need worry if its going to work. IT WILL WORK!
I will also mention that the customer service here is impeccable. I sent the owner several questions about a recent veneer concern I had and he promptly replied to each of them with a straight-forward and honest answer. There are few places in this world where you find such excellent service and products.
Review by Kevin Shoemaker
A review of this softener really is not needed since it seems that everyone knows how good this stuff is. I use it on most of my voilins and the results are phenomenal. So far, I've gone through 4 gallons of Super Soft and I've always been satisfied with the results. On my first order, I thought the price here was too high on the spray bottle and I didnt order it. Then I went to Home Depot and they wanted $4.50 for a spray bottle. I asked my wife to see if she could get one at the grocery store and she came back empty handed. Finally, I found one at a small local hardware store. It works fine but it was $3.95. So in all, the spray bottle that this site offers is actually not a bad deal. Shipping costs on this site are always reasonable and most of my orders arrived within a day or so.
Review by Kurt Kaster
I finally had a chance to try the SS2 the other day, I used it on some Madrona burl that I was considering getting rid of because it was so hard brittle and wavy. Now its like silly putty, perfectly flat and best of all, usable. Its not very often something works better than advertised. Thanks Joe
Review by Chuck Anderson
Dear Joe, I used your SS2 veneer softener on some old, warped 1/16" poplar veneer with truly impressive results. I knew if this substrate would not lie down flat a decent surface veneer job was impossible. The end results were flawless, thanks to SS2! Also your shipping was faster than I expected. Next timne I need veneer or any related product, I'm coming to you.
Review by Steve Rozmiarek
This is some cool stuff! It works just as well as Joe describes. Sure made the walnut burl I tried it on a lot easier to work. Get the sprayer. I also used this to make really narly crotch walnut lumber easier to handplane. Not exactly what it was designed for, but it sure works.
Review by Neil P.
I'm very happy with this product. It works very well and was packed safely. I tried it on some walnut burl veneer and found that it softens the veneer almost immediately. The quart size bottle is an excellent size. A bottle goes a long way. One tip though... order it with the spray bottle. I couldnt find a decent spray bottle in any store.
Review by David K.
Dont let the price fool you! The stuff is worth ten times the cost. A few weeks ago I bought a huge stash of rippled up veneer for a bargain. The only thing it needs is flattening. The Supersoft fluid makes it very simple and the effects are immediately obvious. I used the iron drying technique and the veneers are now perfect.
A great item and a great price.
Review by Ray Astoria
I'm not sure how it works, but WOW it works well. I had some 10 year elm burl veneer that was brittle and crumpled up. After I sprayed it with the Super softener, it began to feel like a heavy canvas material. Eventually it softened up enough that I could bend it 360 degrees edge to edge. Fifteen minutes before I couldnt bend it a fraction of an inch without cracking it into 50 fifty pieces.
I do recommend spraying it on the veneer because it gives the best coverage and doesnt waste any of the liquid. So get the spray bottle with your order. A quart of the softener will do alot of veneer so this is a great value.