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Old 03-24-2016, 11:30 AM   #1
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Formica Delamination

I noticed early indications of this issue shortly after delivery of my van. I should have mentioned it then but didn't.

Now, all six of the curved doors for the upper lockers are showing this problem. The top and bottom edges of the Formica are coming loose from the plywood. Some doors are worse than others.

Has anyone else see this? If yes, what did you come up with for a solution?

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Old 03-24-2016, 03:16 PM   #2
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Laminates are generally applied with contact cement. Unless you can easily and without damage pull the whole piece of laminate off, contact cement won't work very well to reattach.

If I were going to attach loose pieces I would use power grab by loctite. It comes in a can with an open and close lever and has amazing instant sticking power. It is white but dries clear.

If you can lift up the edges of your laminate and squirt some in the gaps it will do the trick. I forget what you need to clean up but I think denatured alcohol or maybe lacquer thinner.
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Plain old Gorilla glue works pretty well too. Since it doesn't cure instantly I've used masking tape to hold a corner piece in place until the glue dries.

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I've had small areas of laminate come adrift such as on curved edges. And I've put it down to the excessive heat buildup here in Arizona loosening the glue. I've successfully glued all of them back with superglue.
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Update:
All loose laminate is now fixed. I used Loctite Ultra Gel Control superglue. The nozzle tip is small enough to get into the gap where the laminate is loose. To insure best bond I clamped with a caul for a full 5 minutes. Now we'll see how it holds up over time.
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