I have a project a client has asked me to do for them. They have an existing stairway with painted skirts and risers. They would like them to be in oak to match the treads.
Removal of the stairs would be quite expensive and a mess. My thought was to strip the paint from them down to the bare wood so I would have a clean surface to adhere to and then veneer them in oak. The skirt against the wall may be more effective to replace with a solid piece as I can get it out with minimal fuss but that still leaves the risers and the outside skirt which is cut to the treads.
I cannot clamp nor can I use a vacuum bag here for obvious reasons so.... does any one know what kind of adhesive I could use? I am hesitant about using the hot glue backed that is ironed on in this application as the surfaces are quite large. Regular adhesives require clamping so...
I am considering going old school and using the old stand by real hide glue. I know it stinks but it doesn't require clamping and actually draws in the stock being glued.
Having never worked with this Im not sure the pitfalls. Also, is there a better "modern" solution that would allow me to have enough open time to fuss with the pieces getting them aligned (the outside skirt is going to have to be almost slid into position behind the returns on the treads so that eliminates contact adhesives as well.)