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Offline wkearney99

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Best adhesive to reattach edge veneer?
« on: October 27, 2017, 10:05 AM »
I've got some panels down in the cabin of a boat that have some edge veneer that's detaching.  It's an interior space, not exposed to the elements.  It does see winter/summer temp extremes, so after 12 years I'm not surprised to have it happen.  None of the faces of anything else have loosened.  The veneer hasn't stretched, it's just loose.  It's not on the ends, nor are there any cracks in any of it.

It's two inner frames on some acrylic paneled cabinet doors and around the inside of one opening.  The vertical sections are in doors that can be easily removed to help avoid potential dripping issues. 

I'm curious as to what folks recommend as an adhesive to reattach it.   And, perhaps more importantly, what not to use (or do).  Likewise, what methods to employ or avoid.

I'm thinking some CA gel carefully applied would work, being careful to avoid squeeze-out.   I have enough clamps and room to work to allow for putting some pressure on the surfaces, if it'd help.

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Offline Bert Vanderveen

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Re: Best adhesive to reattach edge veneer?
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2017, 01:49 PM »
If you are able to properly clamp it, use carpenters glue. If clamping poses problems, use CA with an activator (wear gloves, you will use finger force to clamp).
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Offline wkearney99

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Re: Best adhesive to reattach edge veneer?
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2017, 01:56 PM »
I can remove the doors and the acrylic panels.  That'd allow easy clamping.  It'd also allow for applying/drying flat, to avoid dripping.

The edge along the inside of a cabinet opening might be a little trickier, but I could remove it's flip-up door and use a clamp reversed to push outward.  Just enough to maintain a reasonable amount of pressure without distorting anything.

Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Best adhesive to reattach edge veneer?
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2017, 03:40 PM »
"The edge banding was applied originally with glue"

I didn't see any mention from the OP of what kind of adhesive was originally used.

It may have been hot melt in which case just re-heat and add pressure.

Offline Naildrivingman

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Re: Best adhesive to reattach edge veneer?
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2017, 07:42 AM »
I have had reasonably good results with contact adhesive and a J roller.
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Offline wkearney99

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Re: Best adhesive to reattach edge veneer?
« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2017, 11:44 PM »
Good points raised regarding glue vs heat. 

I don't know what was used.  And since it's been 12 years and the brand has been through 3 different corporate mergers I'm not sure I'd be able to get a definitive answer.  I'll try to get down to the boat this week and get a closer look at the surfaces. 

The good part is none of these have separated in areas due to contact/snagging or other use.  The underlying parts aren't under excessive stress, vibration or any other kind of bending forces.  So whatever I use to reattach them, they still won't run the risk of mechanical detachment.

I'm going to pull the door this week and bring it back to the workshop. 

Meanwhile, here's a closer crop of the 2nd picture.  Doesn't appear to be any obvious indicator of how it was attached originally.