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06-14-2016 08:00 PM

My laminate countertop is coming apart from the border above my dishwasher. Was wondering if you would recommend any tips on how to glue it back together. I’m thinking there has been steam over the years that caused the separation. Would gorilla glue and some clamps do the trick you think? Thanks!


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#1 posted 06-14-2016 08:19 PM

No, glue will not give a clean nor long lasting bond. Replace with outdoor glue ply a seal with marine paint both before and after installation. Pay special attention to the edges. Also replace the door gasket on the dishwasher & use the air dry, instead of bake dry.

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#2 posted 06-14-2016 08:28 PM

You might try warming it with a hair drying and then put a clamp or two on it or something with a lot of weight 35-50 lbs
and see if that will do the trick.

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#3 posted 06-14-2016 08:48 PM

Thanks for the tips. Will try the hair dryer with clamps first. Not sure if I can get in the slit with any marine paint? Going to have to do a search for a new dishwasher gasket…It’s an old kithenaid superba. I have seen it spit out some steam before. There’s only four options: full cycle, soak cycle, and sani. I’d have to catch the dishwasher every time I do dishes before it starts to turn on the heaters. That’d be kind of a PIA…

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#4 posted 06-14-2016 09:19 PM

Open it as much as you can with a putty knife and spread as much glue into it as you can. Press it down to get as much excess glue out as you can, Place a board (on edge) right up to the edge, (back about 1/16th), then clamp it over night. be sure to wipe and keep wiping any squeeze out with a wet rag as it keeps seeping out. It should stay down.

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#5 posted 06-14-2016 09:25 PM

Will try that. Saw putting painters tape on the edge will help protect it. Thanks for your help!

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#6 posted 06-14-2016 10:38 PM



You might try warming it with a hair drying and then put a clamp or two on it or something with a lot of weight 35-50 lbs
and see if that will do the trick.

- a1Jim

Jim’s idea is a good one to try. Heat can reactivate contact cement to some degree. No need to overdo the heat.

If it doesn’t work, no harm done.

If that fails, gluing would be your only option. Though I’m not sure what type. Whatever it is it would have to be very thin. I’d think in terms of something you could inject via a need applicator.

Thin cyanoacrylate (CA) glue, what some call Super Glue, would likely work very well. You can get CA in a range of viscosities. The thin is runnier than water. With capillary action, the thin CA will wick well between the two surfaces.

It sets fast, especially in moist places. So I’d inject with a needle as fast as I could and perhaps have a helper with a roller work pushing the glue down as you back the needle out while pushing the glue in.

Problem with any glue, is you’re going to get one chance at it. Maybe you’ll get lucky and it will look good, but I wouldn’t expect it to look like new.

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#7 posted 06-14-2016 10:51 PM


You might try warming it with a hair drying and then put a clamp or two on it or something with a lot of weight 35-50 lbs
and see if that will do the trick.

- a1Jim

Jim s idea is a good one to try. Heat can reactivate contact cement to some degree. No need to overdo the heat.

If it doesn t work, no harm done.

If that fails, gluing would be your only option. Though I m not sure what type. Whatever it is it would have to be very thin. I d think in terms of something you could inject via a need applicator.

Thin cyanoacrylate (CA) glue, what some call Super Glue, would likely work very well. You can get CA in a range of viscosities. The thin is runnier than water. With capillary action, the thin CA will wick well between the two surfaces.

It sets fast, especially in moist places. So I d inject with a needle as fast as I could and perhaps have a helper with a roller work pushing the glue down as you back the needle out while pushing the glue in.

Problem with any glue, is you re going to get one chance at it. Maybe you ll get lucky and it will look good, but I wouldn t expect it to look like new.

- clin

Titebond will hold it just fine.

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#8 posted 06-15-2016 02:13 AM

Great information! Just what I needed. Thanks!

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#9 posted 06-15-2016 12:01 PM

Maybe also going into the guts of the dishwasher and disconnecting one of the leads to the heater/dryer coils, then taping off the lead for insulation.

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#10 posted 06-15-2016 12:20 PM

You can try a thin cloth over the area then iron the area start at a med heat,pressing down firmly,then add weight gal jugs of water weight 9 lbs.The counter top is most likely glued down with contact cement.I would try to figure out something to deflect or absorb the steam.

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