Anybody work with Formica

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  1. carpenter

    carpenter Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I need some advice. Its been about 20 years since I have done any myself. Lockdown pricing for material's is a joke. I have the formica got my hands on some 8 months ago. Problem is glue which kind wilsonart was the way to go back in the day. Not finding it or weeks out to months. Options anybody?
    And thanks for the effort.
     
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    I can't speak to brand, but some folks swear by solvent based contact adhesive for laminate and some are fine with the water based versions. I've used both in the few projects I've used the materials. I think the solvent based was probably "more better", but I had no issues at all with the water based contact adhesive and my use was shop fixtures so they got beat on more than might happen in a residential situation.
     
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    I don't think they had water based when last I did this, but contact adhesive was always the way to go. Table I'm sitting at has gone 25yrs. plus with no sign of giving out.
     
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    So Weldwood ? original.
     
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    Doing this in your garage? Solvent based contact cement like weldwood will give you best results. We spray water-based in a commercial setting but I wouldn't mess with it for a single project.
     
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    Weldwood is good stuff, we use a type specifically for auto upholstery but they make some for counter tops too, be sure to have good ventilation unless you want a free buzz....
     
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    I used formica brand contact cement in my kitchen. I'd heard, but cannot confirm, that it is a little better than Weldwood. I probably paid an extra five bucks for the same chemicals.
    Weldwood is good enough, and a little easier to find.
    Good luck!
     
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    Yes, solvent or water-based contact cement.

    Remember--with contact cement, you get only one chance to get it right. Stick things together wrong, and your project will be hoop-a-jooped.

    Pro tip: have a supply of 1/2" dowels onhand. After you roll the contact cement onto both surfaces and the stuff has flashed off, lay the dowels on the countertop about 12" apart, and then carefully lay the laminate atop the dowels. Check the position of the laminate, and carefully remove one of the end dowels and press the laminate down into place. Remove the next dowel and press, and continue. A 12"-long section of 3" PVC pipe is a good tool to use to press the laminate down nice and flat.
     
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    VOC laws probably changed out the solvent so you may have a different experience if you haven't used it in decades.

    Almost every product that uses solvents has changed, and will be slower and more annoying to use.

    Except acetone that's not really used in industry like it used to be, that's still sold for women to soak fingers in.
    Just not big vats in industry because it's toxic to workers.
     
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    I worked in a top shop a couple years. Weldwood is what we used
     
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    Be sure to wear a mask when using Contact cement.
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    I never did.... didn't hurt meh meh meh meh mehmehmmmhhee... a bit
     
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