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Old 09-23-2011, 08:32 AM   #1
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I would like to glue white countertop laminate on to one side of a hollow core door that has suffered some damage. Would regular laminate glue work and is this feasible?

My large dog occasionally scratches at the door and he has torn holes through the thin wood on one side. No point in replacing since it will happen again, I am hoping a sheet of kitchen laminate will look nice and stand up to future damage.

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Old 09-23-2011, 10:09 AM   #2
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It is done commercially all the time. I have laminated hundreds of hotel room doors this way. Scuff the old finish with sandpaper, spread contact adhesive on both the door and the laminate [wait] and then install it carefully. Do you know how to do that? Then finish the edges with a router just like you would a counter top.

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Old 09-23-2011, 03:27 PM   #3
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Thanks! Here I thought I had an original/brilliant idea and it turns out it is everyday stuff. Well guess the idea is good then.
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I did my first ones back in 1981 in some Harvey Hotels near Dallas Texas and DFW Airport and it was old hat to those people back then. Good thing you didn't spend any money on a Patent search.
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There's an issue with laminates used like this. If they get damaged the edges are razor sharp. With no backing where the hole is, I'd be leary using this product.
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You mean if my dog kept scratching and punched a hole in it he could get all cut up? Oh that is not good.
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That laminate won't be that easy for a dog to damage and the edges should be filed to remove any sharp edges.
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That laminate won't be that easy for a dog to damage and the edges should be filed to remove any sharp edges.
The dog doesn't need to damage the laminate. Any trauma to the laminate can cause it to be damaged. The dog would just be the most likely candidate for getting cut. If you could repair the hole to strengthen the substrate, maybe then.
Why not repair the substrate, paint the door and skin with a sheet of lexan?
Or train the dog.
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That laminate won't be that easy for a dog to damage and the edges should be filed to remove any sharp edges.
+1, I wouldn't be afraid to put the HPL on the door, the OP didn't say there was a hole in the door, it was just damaged.
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Or train the dog.
This should be step #2 after you repair the door...
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+1, I wouldn't be afraid to put the HPL on the door, the OP didn't say there was a hole in the door, it was just damaged.
OP said," he has torn holes through the thin wood on one side".
Maybe we're not reading the same post.
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...and we all are aware that the thin veneer on a hollow core door and the plastic laminate used on counter tops is two entirely different materials.
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Thank you for all of the feedback and ideas. I am going to look into other options including Lexan. Yes I am a bit concerned about the laminate getting damaged and cutting my dog, but also I don't have a shop with lots of fancy tools and taking the door off the hinges, gluing, filing down edges etc...is a bit much especially as I can't be without the door for any length of time.

If i can find some sort of plastic like Lexan that can be screwed onto the door that might be better. Unfortunately most of the damage is around the door knob which requires a curved cut or...i will figure something out.

Training the dog on this point isn't a viable option, he is very large and bull headed (he cannot be contained in a crate, unless I want to buy one of those $900 metal crates and listen to him scream for hours). In the big scheme of things the door isn't a big deal, he isn't eating through drywall just scratching a bit and that is something I can live with.

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Just get a sheet of panelling and cut it to whatever size you want, then screw it on. When that one is torn up, unscrew it an repeat.
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Get a sheet of stainless steel cut to size and attach to the door...if he scratches through that then he's a beast!

Maybe consider buying an armor plate ( http://www.trimcobbw.com/door-hardwa...ectors/050.asp ) as they are pre-cut, pre-drilled, and come in heights up to 48". That is, of course, if 48" is high enough for sir scratchalot...

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