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ChrisJJ 11-23-2012 08:40 AM

end cap of countertop fell off
Hi, We replaced the countertop in our lower level apartment this summer. First time we ever did a counter top and for the most part, it looks great.

Our tenants just said that the end cap has peeled off. The end cap was the kind that is attached by ironing. I'm pretty sure I followed the instructions correctly but I never thought it was attached well.

Now that it's off, how do I reattach it? I'm thinking of removing the old glue and then reattaching with some other glue. I know contact cement is used for attaching formica but I'm leery because, as I understand it, I would have to be sure to get it in the right position the first time because I wouldn't get a second.

Should I use contact cement or some other glue? If I do use CC, is there a way to make sure I don't mess up the placement?

joed 11-23-2012 09:18 AM

Contact cement. Might not even need to remove the old glue.

user1007 11-23-2012 10:41 AM

Contact cement would be your best bet. You are correct though, you will only get one shot at it.

Enlist a helper to assist you in holding the end cap where it needs to be. Use wax paper between the two sides with contact cement you are going to join. This will keep the cemented sides from sticking to each other until you are ready. Cut it into 3" strips. Pull the wax paper out as you go and you should be able to line up the piece nicely.

Make sure to burnish the two sides together.

ToolSeeker 11-23-2012 03:13 PM

Couldn't you try reheating with an iron to reactivate the glue. Thats what we do for one that's coming loose.

user1007 11-24-2012 03:30 PM

I have never had much luck with those factory applied heat activated adhesives. It seems they just don't put it on thick enough to do any good or you cannot get them hot enough to melt it all. I always contact cement the pieces on and am done with it.

I guess it is worth trying to heat the adhesive again if it stuck once.

Bud Cline 11-24-2012 05:55 PM

100% silicone and duct tape to hold it in position for a day or so. That way you can slide it around and get it where you want it, then tape it. Any silicone that purges just leave it alone until tomorrow then you can shave the purge with a razor blade. First remove any old adhesive from either surface.

joed 11-24-2012 06:35 PM

Another option is no more nails and masking tape. I forgot I use that all the time at work to repair furniture that loses the edging. It works just fine.

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