Cabinet Laminate Gluing


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Old 02-15-23, 07:07 PM
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Cabinet Laminate Gluing

I have these sections where the laminate is coming loose from the cabinet edges. What is the best glue/method to correct these? --Especially for the first one pictured where it looks like I have to inject the glue or something because it is separating in the middle of the edge. Thanks!


 
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Old 02-15-23, 07:19 PM
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The ideal glue to use is contact adhesive. You will need to spread it on both sides with a flat toothpick or something, and then try to keep the two sides separated... maybe using toothpicks as shims. The contact adhesive is supposed to be dry enough that it doesn't come off on your finger if you touch it... so give it 15-30 minutes and then remove the toothpicks and press it back together.
 
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Before you try adding glue, you can try to reactivate the adhesive that is there using a clothes iron. Heat the iron to medium heat and then apply it to the area, moving it slowly back and forth. When/if the laminate appears to stick, remove the iron and immediately apply pressure to the area with a block of wood (have it ready before applying heat). Either hold or clamp the block the block of wood in place for several minutes (longer is better) to allow the hot adhesive to fully cool. This usually works well, but the key is to keep the pressure applied until the area is completely cool.
 
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