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Old 12-28-2011, 06:11 PM   #1
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Happy New Year to all,

I must reattach some loose sections of Formica to cabinets. The cabinets are 20 years old or so. The gluing surface is not plywood but some sort of 'pressboard', which has the appearance of great porosity. Which adhesive type would give the best results for this operation? What kind of 'prep' is required to achieve maximum adhesion of the adhesive employed? Some of the cabinets are in a location of high moisture as in bathrooms. Thank you for any advice in this matter.

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Old 12-28-2011, 06:19 PM   #2
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Use contact adhesive. Prop the laminate upward away from the substrate. Paint some contact adhesive on both surfaces. Allow it to dry for about an hour then remove the prop and clamp the laminate down to the substrate. Use a piece of cardboard or something thin under the clamp to soften the point load. Leave the clamp overnight.

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As far as I know, contact cement is the only adhesive used for formica. I would wipe the surfaces to be glued with mineral spirits to clean them before gluing.
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Mineral Spirits is too oily, use Lacquer Thinner if you need to clean the surfaces..
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Good luck trying to get it to stick.
Partical board soaks up water like a sponge and swells up and turns to what looks like oatmeal.
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