baize is more difficult to apply than the felt baize. Traditionally,
baize was adhered with hide glue. This is a difficult method
of application. Here are some tips on how to apply either the
hand-woven or the felt baize using hide glue.
should be oversized prior to adhering it to the furniture. The
surface of the furniture should be clear of any dust, protruding
nails, etc. Heat up a dry iron to low temperature.
Thinly coat the
furniture surface with the hide glue. Place the baize onto the
furniture and position and smooth into place. Reactivate the
hide glue with the warm dry iron until the baize has adhered
adequately, usually just a few minutes. Using a brand-new razor
blade, trim the excess fabric to fit. This is not an easy task,
applying baize, so you may want to practice first. There are
many parameters which can affect the outcome, the freshness and
liquidity of your glue, how thick an application of glue is used
and how long you iron the baize. If the baize application did
not work, simply use the iron to re-warm the glue and the baize
can be removed. You will probably not be able to reuse that piece
of baize, but since hide glue is water-soluble, you may be able
to gently wash out the hide glue and try again. Some customers
have recommended fish glue instead of the hide glue. The application
would be the same.
An easier method
of application is to use a spray adhesive, we use 3-M Super 77.
Prepare the furniture as above. Leave the baize oversized. You
may want to tape around the edge of the area where the baize
is to be applied, or any over spray can be cleaned up with mineral
You have no "play-time"
with a spray adhesive, wherever you lay the baize that is where
it stays. Spray half the piece of furniture and lay on the baize.
Spray the other half of the furniture and smooth the remainder
of the baize into place. Trim with a brand-new razor blade. If
the baize application is not satisfactory, the baize can be removed
by soaking the baize with mineral spirits until you have dissolved
the adhesive and the baize can be lifted off. If you have never
applied baize, we suggest that you practice first.