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Old 01-20-2011, 12:04 PM   #1
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I have a neighbor that was away on vacation and on arriving home found that the kitchen counter-tops had buckled in a number of spots due to a malfunction with the furnace (a topic for another time). She is an elderly widow with a limited budget. I am a former carpenter who lives next door. I found a former post from Feb 23 2010 about a counter that had buckled due to water. This was due to heat. There is space under the buckled areas. What are my chances of getting formica adhesive in and it staying glued down without a lump forming between the old and the new glue?

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I would first try a heat gun and J roller. Use the heatgun to loosen the adhesive around the affected area, use a spray adhesive, {like 3M spray 90} roll the bubbles out. there is a good chance this will work, but there are never any guarantees. The heat and a putty knife can be used to loosen the formica in an area larger than the originally affected area. Good luck and ,of course , take your time and be careful not to burn the formica.

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Thanks for tip about the spray adhesive. That should have a thinner film than regular formica glue. The are of the largest bubble is about 1 1/2 sq ft. The other spots are much smaller and I will try to enlarge them with the putty knife to make the spray adhesive easier to apply.
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Do you know what cleaner works best with the 3M 90 spray adhesive?
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I have used both mineral spirits or lacquer thinner
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Thank you.
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The 3M company makes adhesive cleaners for all of their adhesives, in one form or another. If reading the back of a container of 3M branded adhesive cleaner, and you do not see your specific adhesive noted--I would suggest going to an auto paint supply store and asking. These guys deal with many different brands and types of adhesives and cleaners.
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You may be able to reactivate the glue with a regular household clothes iron. Lay a cloth on top of the bubble and iron the cloth over the bubble heating it up, you don't want the HPL to get so hot that it bubbles itself. Once the plastic gets hot try to push it down and hold it with a cloth or something where you won't burn your hand, hold it down until it cools down and see if that will work for you.

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