Identifying and choosing wood veneer:
The most commonly used wood veneer is Burl or Burr Walnut this is used by all leading manufacturers of motor vehicles such as Jaguar, Mercedes, Lexus, Rolls Royce, Bentley and was also favoured by Rover and older classic cars such as Jensen’s.
Walnut is often a dark brown with a tight swirling grain (known as burl or burr) over time and exposure to sunlight this can fade becoming a more orange colour and eventually a more orangey yellow colour.
When repairing or adding items to original car interior wood sets we can chemically bleach the Walnut veneer to simulate the ageing that has occurred with the original panels.
Burr Elm veneer was widely used by Jaguar on their XJS 3.6 models as it was also on Bristol, Dethomaso Rolls and Bentley models.
MGR V8 cars have Elm veneered dashboards and door cappings which wear particularly badly in a basic convertible car.
Elm in its unbleached form is a honey brown colour with tight darker swirling burls; when exposed to a period of sunlight it will fade quickly to a distinct yellow colour.
When repairing or adding items to original car interior wood sets we can chemically bleach the Elm veneer to simulate the ageing that has occurred with the original panels.
Birdseye Maple has been used on more modern vehicles to give a sportier alternative to the traditional Elm or Walnut veneers. Although a very light wood with uniform Burl Burr patterning, it is often stained a dark colour; black / green / grey. An example of this being the Jaguar XKR and XJR models.
Maccasar Ebony and Zebrano are often used on Mercedes models both current and classic. It is straight grained and not almost striped in appearance, quite dark brown with an almost black stripe running through it. We have both restored and replaced the veneer on these sorts of panels.
Older models of Alvis, Bristol, Riley do not always use Burr or Burl woods for dashboards / door cappings but will use a straight grain veneer such as Walnut or Oak these are not necessarily dark more of a medium dark colour.
Mahogany is also used on some classic Italian cars such as Maserati and Lamborghini.