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  • How do I reattach "formica" counter topping?

    A corner of our basement kitchenette counter is lifting.
    I originally attached it with contact cement onto particleboard a dozen years ago or so.
    It has a wood molding around it.
    No other area is lifting or suspect - unlike the original installer
    Noel

    "Being so impressed with the beauty of nature, I never cease to be amazed at how the
    'touch of the human hand' can transform it into another kind of beauty that is so uniquely human.
    "

    John Snow, Outdoorsman and Retired Teacher
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    Re: How do I reattach "formica" counter topping?

    I’ve used polyurethane Gorilla glue successfully. I lifted up the loose laminate, moistened what I could with a water misting bottle (for wife’s hair) and spread some glue with a piece of cedar window shim, making sure the perimeter had glue. Pressed down with parchment paper, a block of wood and an old 8 pound sledge hammer head that I never put a handle on it. Give it a day and scrape the foam with a razor blade. Ive also done the same in the middle of a countertop that feels a little spongy. Drill a tiny hole, squirt a little water, massage it and squirt some glue all around it. Weigh it down and scrape off the foam when dry.

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    • #3

      Re: How do I reattach "formica" counter topping?

      Place coffee maker over area that's lifting.

      Leave it for a dozen years or so.

      That is all.
      [insert something witty here]

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      • #4

        Re: How do I reattach "formica" counter topping?

        Haven't done it myself but I've heard you can reactivate contact cement with heat, a google search suggests ways to do it either with an iron or heat gun, might be worth a try before messing with glue.

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          Re: How do I reattach "formica" counter topping?

          I’d be wary of using heat. Don’t think it will reactivate contact cement and I know you can easily overheat the laminate and ruin it. I would just use a good wood glue like titebond 2. Glue and clamp with a block of wood or piece of plywood to spread out the pressure. Wood glue sticks to the scarified back of laminate and squeeze out is easily cleaned off the laminate face

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          • #6

            Re: How do I reattach "formica" counter topping?

            heat will reactivate old contact cement.
            use an iron on a medium setting working away from the still attached area and toward the edges
            use a stiff roller to press the laminate down while its cooling. a laminate roller is ideal, I use one when i'm fabricating laminate tops, if yopu can use your hand to press it down its not hot enough!
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              Re: How do I reattach "formica" counter topping?

              I agree with what Steve said above. I use an old iron on the highest setting with a t-shirt weight rag to keep it from marking the surface. If you don't have a j roller a 2 x 4 held in your palm so you can get your weight onto the edge like a roller works and if you can get a clamp onto that block of wood before it cools even better

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                Re: How do I reattach "formica" counter topping?

                I've had success reattaching with an iron.

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                  Re: How do I reattach "formica" counter topping?

                  Originally posted by Just another hack View Post
                  I’d be wary of using heat. Don’t think it will reactivate contact cement and I know you can easily overheat the laminate and ruin it. I would just use a good wood glue like titebond 2. Glue and clamp with a block of wood or piece of plywood to spread out the pressure. Wood glue sticks to the scarified back of laminate and squeeze out is easily cleaned off the laminate face
                  Wood glue won't stick to old contact cement.

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                    Re: How do I reattach "formica" counter topping?

                    Originally posted by drzaius View Post

                    Wood glue won't stick to old contact cement.
                    Agree, in fact very few glues will stick to old dry glues. That's why I suggested trying to reactivate the old contact cement.

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                      Re: How do I reattach "formica" counter topping?

                      Thanks Tom but we're not coffee drinkers and have no coffee maker.

                      I'll ask SWMBO which of the other suggestions she'd like to attempt, and then do it.

                      Will report on results in a week or two, once I've had the opportunity to see what happens.

                      Thanks for the suggestions.
                      Noel

                      "Being so impressed with the beauty of nature, I never cease to be amazed at how the
                      'touch of the human hand' can transform it into another kind of beauty that is so uniquely human.
                      "

                      John Snow, Outdoorsman and Retired Teacher

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                      • #12

                        Re: How do I reattach "formica" counter topping?

                        Put some turps or acetone in the joint that will soften the glue put a piece of wood over the top and cramp it for a week, it may work it depends how much contact is in there, if its all dry work in some new contact adhesive hold it open till it dries then cramp it together for 12 hours.

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                          Re: How do I reattach "formica" counter topping?

                          Originally posted by stevem View Post
                          heat will reactivate old contact cement.
                          use an iron on a medium setting working away from the still attached area and toward the edges
                          use a stiff roller to press the laminate down while its cooling. a laminate roller is ideal, I use one when i'm fabricating laminate tops, if yopu can use your hand to press it down its not hot enough!
                          That's how it is done.

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                            Re: How do I reattach "formica" counter topping?

                            If you apply too much heat to formica it will burn bubble and blister, formica is made of brown paper and epoxy when they bend it called post forming they heat it using a long heat bar and timed to the second then bend it as for the upstand for a sink splash back I have seen whole tops remade because someone timed it wrongly, be careful.

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                              Re: How do I reattach "formica" counter topping?

                              Originally posted by bkrits View Post
                              If you apply too much heat to formica it will burn bubble and blister, formica is made of brown paper and epoxy when they bend it called post forming they heat it using a long heat bar and timed to the second then bend it as for the upstand for a sink splash back I have seen whole tops remade because someone timed it wrongly, be careful.
                              This was the point I was trying to make. I have made lots of post formed tops with the long heating element, and I’ve had to redo lots of tops because they were overheated or not heated enough. The problem is if you overheat it and it pops, the top is garbage. Apparently the consensus is heat does reactivate the contact cement, so I guess it’s up to the original poster if he wants to do it. As for mixing wood glue and contact, I’ve done lots of tight radius tops with both glues and had success. When doing a postformed top with both, if it pops and has to be removed, it will have to be chipped off where the white glue is. Perhaps it’s the difference of old glue versus new glue. Don’t know...all I know is it’s worked for me

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