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Super-Soft 2™ Veneer Softener & Conditioner

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Veneer SoftenerSuper-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.

Super-Soft 2 veneer softener vastly improves upon the original formula! It's now odorless, colorless, and non-flammable.


Instructions

  1. Use full strength. Apply by dipping, spraying, or brushing.
  2. Allow veneers to stand until the surface appears dry.
  3. Place veneer between two sheets of absorbent paper (paper towels, brown paper, or unprinted newspaper) and clamp it between two flat boards in a press or simply by placing weight on top.
  4. Allow 12 hours for the initial drying to take place.
  5. Remove from press and replace the absorbent paper. Re-apply pressure or weights.
  6. Replace absorbent sheets every 6 hours until veneer is completely dry.

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.

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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!




pg-video-supersoft2.jpgCan this be used for flattening wavy veneers too?
Yes! Flattening is its main use.

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.

Is the softener flammable?
No. Unlike other softeners, Super Soft 2 is not flammable.

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 glycerin residue when dry?
No.

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.

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 stuff abroad?
Yes. We are the only U.S. company currently shipping this new formula abroad. See this page for a list of countries to which we can ship.

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.

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. Both circulating and exhaust fans should always be used where volatiles are present.


Product Reviews

  1. Review from Bolivar, Ohio

    Review by Sam Morris
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    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.


  2. Review from Rockville, MD

    Review by Preston Weir
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    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.


  3. Review from Westerlo, New York

    Review by Dan Fritchley
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    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.


  4. Review from Gordonsville Tennessee

    Review by John Kunstman
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    GREAT STUFF! This SS2 works better then it's advertising! Easy to use and it doesn't stink up the shop.


  5. Absolutely amazing!

    Review by Richard K
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    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!


  6. Performs As Advertised

    Review by Jim T
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    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!


  7. Even Better Than Described

    Review by Gene Nolan
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    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.


  8. Hands Down - The Best Softener

    Review by Brenden H.
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    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.


  9. Does the job and then some.

    Review by Kevin Shoemaker
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    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.


  10. Now It's Like Silly Putty

    Review by Kurt Kaster
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    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


  11. A Great Softener

    Review by Chuck Anderson
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    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.


  12. This Is Some Cool Stuff

    Review by Steve Rozmiarek
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    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.


  13. A Bottle Goes a Long Way

    Review by Neil P.
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    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.


  14. Don't Let The Price Fool You

    Review by David K.
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    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.


  15. Wow It Works Well

    Review by Ray Astoria
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    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.



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