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Forum topic by ChunkyC posted 10-04-2009 11:07 PM 6484 views 0 times favorited 26 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ChunkyC

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10-04-2009 11:07 PM

How do you all spread contact cement for laminating Formica / plastic laminate? I’ve tried a couple different methods and not really happy with any technique. I’ve used a paint brush, works well but you ruin a paint brush in the process and I’ve tried to squeegee it around. I’ve seen the guys on This Old House use a J-Roller but doesn’t this make a mess out of the roller? And I only have one so that seems a little odd to me.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures: http://spadfest.rcspads.com/thumbnails.php?album=135


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pommy

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#1 posted 10-04-2009 11:10 PM

sounds silly but have you tryed a wallpaper spreader the plastic type for getting the bubbles out behind the paper

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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MedicKen

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#2 posted 10-04-2009 11:38 PM

I use a small piece of the formica itelf. Kinda like a small spatula if you will

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ChunkyC

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#3 posted 10-04-2009 11:40 PM

pommy: Not specifically a wallpaper spreader but I have made my own plastic spreaders out of 4mm coroplast, old credit cards, ...

bentlyj: No low pile carpet at hand. I’ve got a little med-heavy pile, but no low. :(

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures: http://spadfest.rcspads.com/thumbnails.php?album=135

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#4 posted 10-04-2009 11:52 PM

I just built an island including laminating the top, made this tutorial about it. http://www.hoistman.com/HoistMan/Laminating.html I used a dispossable glue brush for the small places and a small smooth roller for the large areas. The contact cement I used is water based and the roller cleaned easy.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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Don Newton

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#5 posted 10-05-2009 12:03 AM

The “J” roller is used to apply pressure to the laminate AFTER the glue is spread.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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lew

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#6 posted 10-05-2009 01:27 AM

I save all of those “fake” credit/enrolled cards. Use them once and give them a toss.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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ChunkyC

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#7 posted 10-05-2009 01:35 AM

I like the glue brush but never heard of such a thing. Time for some research.

“The ā€œJā€ roller is used to apply pressure to the laminate AFTER the glue is spread.”
Ever watch This Old House? The Tom Silva spreads the glue with a J-Roller. I always use it to roll out the laminate to make the bond too, but that’s what he does.

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures: http://spadfest.rcspads.com/thumbnails.php?album=135

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papadan

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#8 posted 10-05-2009 01:47 AM

48 for $10.50 http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2000347/1083/Disposable-Glue-Brush--12--48-pieces.aspx

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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FirehouseWoodworking

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#9 posted 10-05-2009 01:48 AM

I use a disposable chip brush of an appropriate width, depending upon the size of the project.

I will also use old hotel room “key cards”. I travel a lot!

I’d be careful about using “old credit cards” since the number usually does not change, even when expired. Old credit cards should ALWAYS be cut up before disposing.

Cheers!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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ChunkyC

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#10 posted 10-05-2009 01:51 AM

DuH! Glue brush aka Acid Brush. I’ve got a whole box of them. I’ll go back to bed now.

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures: http://spadfest.rcspads.com/thumbnails.php?album=135

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ChunkyC

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#11 posted 10-05-2009 01:53 AM

I don’t like the squeegee method, it just doesn’t work well (clean) for me. I can’t control the glue at the edges and it will always squeeze out and runs done the edge of the workpiece. I guess I need to refine my technique?

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures: http://spadfest.rcspads.com/thumbnails.php?album=135

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juniorjock

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#12 posted 10-05-2009 01:57 AM

I’m sure I saw this in a mag recently, fit a piece of pvc pipe over a paint roller so it fits snug. That’s it. Spread the glue. When it dries, the glue comes right off the pipe.

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ChunkyC

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#13 posted 10-05-2009 01:59 AM

oooooh now that’s an idea. cheap, recycling, and right up my ally. Thanks juniorjock!

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures: http://spadfest.rcspads.com/thumbnails.php?album=135

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#14 posted 10-05-2009 02:01 AM

I wish I could take credit, but I can’t…... Just wish I could remember where I saw that. But I did think it was a good idea. Thanks Chunk.

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ChunkyC

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#15 posted 10-05-2009 02:10 AM

It must be 1-1/2” because that’s the size that I don’t have. I’ve got 1/2, 1, 2, 3 and 4 but not a single sliver of 1-1/2”. I wonder if 1-1/2 EMT would do???

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures: http://spadfest.rcspads.com/thumbnails.php?album=135

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