Although plywood is an extremely useful material when it comes to making furniture, it does not have a very attractive look to it. In an uncovered state, the plywood furniture gives off a very bad look due to the exposure of plies of wood that have been used in the making of the plywood thus, destroying the overall feel of the furniture. This is the reason why most carpenters and woodworking experts recommend covering plywood with a wood veneer or any other decorative material to cover up the plies from becoming exposed and giving the plywood furniture a finish it deserves.
Types of Materials Available for Covering Plywood
There are a number of materials that can be used for the purpose of covering plywood and giving it a nice and attractive look. The following is a list of the materials that are available for covering most of wood products, like plywood.
Fabric is considered to be the oldest and simplest means of covering plywood items. The selection of fabric though would have to be made very carefully considering the look that you want to give to the wooden item and whether it will stick to the plywood or not. Usually all types of fabrics don’t have any problems in sticking to the plywood provided the right glue is used. Making use of hot glue is going to ensure that the fabric sticks to the plywood permanently and does not wear off after use. When covering plywood with your chosen fabric make sure to apply the hot glue on the edges of the plywood and then press the fabric to it immediately.
Fiberglass is another of the materials that are used for covering. It can help in giving the plywood items a very beautiful look and also enhance the strength of the plywood as well as making it waterproof as well. However, laying fiberglass on the plywood is a lot trickier than what you might think. You will have to sand the plywood surface before laying on the fiberglass on top of it. After making the surface rougher for better adhesion with the fiberglass wipe off the dust using a wet rag. Cut two sheets of fiberglass cloth slightly larger than the plywood surface you want to cover it with. Mix the fiberglass resins and the catalyst together and then spread it on the plywood using a brush. Now place the fiberglass sheet on the plywood. Add another layer of resin on top of the fiberglass and place the other sheet after which coat another layer of resin and let the project rest overnight.
Vinyl is also one of the materials that can be used for covering plywood. Using the right adhesive is of paramount importance for ensuring that the vinyl covering is going to hold onto the plywood. The process is simple enough really. You just have to clean the surface of the plywood where the vinyl covering is to be laid out and then make use of a self-stick primer to prepare the plywood for the vinyl covering. Now just lay the tiles of vinyl on the plywood surface and leave it for a day to dry.