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Part 1

Veneering Basics
14 Good Reasons
Vacuum Press Uses
Vacuum Press Options
Questions & Answers
Part 2
DIY Vacuum Press Plans

Vacuum Press Chart
Project: EVS™
Project: EVS-2™
Project: V4™
Project: CRS™
Excel 1™
Excel 3™
Excel 5™
Part 3
Vacuum Bagging

Vacuum Bag Basics
Polyurethane vs. Vinyl
DIY Vacuum Bags
Connect the Bag
Bag Closures
Bag Platens
Breather Mesh 
DIY Frame Press
Part 4
Veneering Information

About Veneer
Veneering Glossary
Veneering Myths
Balancing a Panel
Veneer Glues
Veneering Tips
Substrate Materials
Flattening Veneers
A Sharp Veneer Saw
Jointing Veneers
Taping Veneers
Dealing with Defects
Curing Glued Panels
Veneering w/o Vacuum
Hammer Veneering
Iron-On Veneering
Veneer Storage
Amazing Bookmatches
Edgebanding Guide
Paper-Backed Veneer

Part 5
Miscellaneous Info

Vacuum Press FAQ
Veneering FAQ 
Veneer Glue FAQ
Vacuum Forming
Vacuum Clamping Pedal
Vacuum Clamping Jigs
Vacuum Clamp Matrix
DIY Vacuum Manifold
Vacuum Press Gallery 1
Vacuum Press Gallery 2


Vacuum Veneering - Tips, Tricks, and More!

Maintenance, Troubleshooting and Repairs

Finding a Leak
With ordinary use, your vacuum system will last for as long as your enjoy the art of veneering. The only area on the unit that may require periodic attention is where the bag stem is connected. If you suspect the vacuum is running longer or more often than it should, you may have a small leak.

Troubleshooting a LeakTo find the leak, insert your platen and breather mesh into the bag. Then slide some brown kraft paper or blue "shop" paper towels inside the bag near the bag opening and under the vacuum stem. Close the bag and turn on the press. Allow the bag to develop full vacuum and then spray the bag stem and bag opening with water from a spray bottle.

Any leaks in the bag will show up as the water is absorbed by the paper. If the leak is at the closure, you may need to place some spring clamps on the plastic bag closure. A leak at the vacuum stem or at the edges of the bag can often be fixed with vinyl cement.

Patching A Hole or Tear
If you notice the leak while pressing a project panel and need a quick fix, just place some clear packing tape over the hole and press it down firmly.

For a more durable patch, cut a piece of vinyl approximately 1" square. In a well ventilated area, prepare the patch and exterior of the bag using acetone or xylene. Very fine steel wool or a Scotch-Brite pad will aid in the cleaning process. Be sure that no residue is left on the surface of the vinyl when you are finished. Apply a coat of vinyl cement to the bag exterior and the patch. Apply the patch to the bag and press it down using a seam tool. Allow the patch to dry over night before using the vacuum bag.

Vinyl patch kits used for repairing swimming pool liners also work well for smaller areas in need of repair.

For additional tips, please check out the Veneering FAQ.

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