Over the years, I've tried countless self-adhesive splicing tapes hoping to find one perfect for vacuum veneering. Some were too strong and impossible to remove after pressing a veneered panel. Others were not strong enough to hold the veneer seam tight. When I found a tape that I thought was just right, it turned out to be problematic because it contaminated the veneer face with adhesive after 1,700lbs of pressure was applied from my vacuum press. Blue painter's tape is a great example; it will hold a joint tight and remove easily but if you leave it on the veneer face during pressing, you'll find that it leaves a deep residue which can make staining and finishing a major headache.
Not long ago, one of our customers made a suggestion for me to try a tape that he had been using in a vacuum press and getting exceptional results. I ordered samples and found the same positive outcome. I'm quite thrilled with this stuff to be honest so I'm offering it here and hoping it will catch-on as the ultimate replacement for all other veneer tapes. We call it "Quick Stitch" because it is the fastest usable veneer tape available.
There's a lot to love about this tape!
Cut a clean edge on the veneers to be jointed/spliced. A sharp veneer saw is ideal for this task. Align the mating edges and hold tight with finger pressure. Place a small strip of Quick Stitch tape across the joint on the veneer face at 4 to 6 inch intervals. Then apply a fulll-length strip over the entire joint line. Press firmly with finger pressure or a seam roller. Flip the veneer face over and inspect the joint for gaps. If the joint is tight, flip the veneer back over so the face is upright. Set up your vacuum press and vacuum bag. Prepare the substrate with the proper veneer adhesive and lay the veneer onto the project panel. After pressing, simply remove the tape by pulling it off slowly at a 45 degree angle left or right of the joint line. If the tape is difficult to remove or pulls up splinters from the veneer, simply heat the tape with a hair dryer before proceeding. Sand and finish the veneered panel.
What can I do to remove the tape without it pulling up the wood fibers on an old, brittle veneer?
The grain in some veneer species can be tedious to work with. Mahogany is a good example because its grain splinters off very easily. Before you start the main project, it is always a good idea to check out the tape on a scrap or test panel. Some users have provided feedback that they were able to mitigate tearing issues with stubborn or sensitive veneers by heating the tape with a clothes iron. When using this technique, it is important to avoid excessive pressure on the tape as this can cause the adhesive to migrate onto the veneer.
Why is this tape thicker than regular veneer tape?
If it were thinner, the tape would be difficult to remove in one piece. Though it is .002" thicker, you won't have any problems with a layer of tape causing surface defects on the project panel.
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