removing veneer on dining table top ?

I have an older but good table that has a lot of scratches and 'tears' on the surface. If I go ahead and replace the veneer...should I sand the old top of..or...try to l"delamination' it with a heat gun or iron and then sand the surface smooth ?
Any other ideas/ways to remove old veneer before re-veneering ?
Thanks, TR
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tr wrote:

Trying to remove old veneer or formica is more trouble than what it's worth. But if you have the patience, it can be done with much scraping. If you want a faster route, you can always sand the top of the veneer and re-apply a new sheet on top of it. Though, if you already have chipped veneer, then your only opiton is to remove.
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