We have been restoring wood veneers on Rolls Royce and Bentley cars as well as many other luxury marques for many  years and the process is in most cases the same:-

Removing hardware:

Certain parts must be removed before refinishing can commence:

  • Door cappings:  remove rubber weather strips and door locking button bezel.
  • Glove box lid:  remove leather insert (held in with wooden dowels), hinges, lock, catch mechanism and specification label on inside of lid.
  • Dashboard end panel:  remove leather inserts and map switch.
  • Rear vanity mirrors:  remove mirror glass and switch.
  • Centre console radio surround:  remove seatbelt warning light fascia.
  • Picnic tables:  remove locks, handles, hinges and soft trim.

Removing original lacquer:

Polyester lacquer can only be removed by heating, chemical paint strippers will have no effect and in fact often cause more damage.

The surface of the panel is gently heated taking care not to burn the surface of the veneer. Then the old lacquer can be scrapped off.  The condition of the veneer can then be assessed, whether to reveneer or sand the surface and make small repairs and prepare for recoating.  Door capping tops, dash board instrument apertures, glove box lid and rear vanity mirror returns will all need to be stained in a dark walnut colour.


Before polyester lacquer can be applied a polythene barrier coat is applied, then 16 coats of lacquer applied.  Once this is fully cured it is then sanded and after this then polished to a high gloss as original.