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Forum topic by 305Tuna posted 09-09-2009 04:06 AM 877 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-09-2009 04:06 AM

I am replacing the extension table on my table saw and want to put plastic laminate on the 13 ply Baltic birch plywood that I am using. I have not used contact cement in many years and wonder if all the new regulations in voc’s (I live in California) have changed how well the new contact cements’ work. I have projects with plastic laminates that are over 20 years old and the the bond is as good as the day I did them. Are the spray on versions any good or am I better off with the rolled on cement method that I use to use? Any recommendations in brands or method would be very helpful.

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#1 posted 09-09-2009 04:13 AM

Weldwood makes a nonflamable adhesive for laminates. It worked ok. I still like the “good stuff” :)

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#2 posted 09-09-2009 04:18 AM

Contact cement works pretty much the same. They now make water base contact cement that is safer in that it’s not flammable like the old contact cement. I like to apply contact cement to both sides and let it dry to the touch and then apply a second coat. I use old mini blind slats that I lay across the bottom about every 6-8” and then apply the top layer and get it aligned and the start removing the slats from the middle and roll it down with a J roller as I keep removing slats from both sides until done.

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#3 posted 09-09-2009 04:57 AM

I agree with a1Jim and you can also apply the contact cement using a small paint roller. The roller gives an even coat and gets the coats on quickly. If you use solvent based contact cement you can thin it with MEK but it will dry faster. Mek is used to do clean up as well. Wear proper gloves and a respirator and all the PPD (personel protection devices) stuff when using both the cement and the MEK. If you use dowels instead of small sticks they can be removed easier from between the surface and the laminate.

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