Originally Posted by Trax416
Question for you guys.
What type of glue should I use to glue my Designer White Laminate to a wood frame? I don't have the room for a border edge so I can't screw it down.
Contact Cement (...briefly re positionable kind...) is best, because you need both a firm grip, and something that spreads/brushes out extremely flat, leaving no ridges or bumps that can distort the image.
To get the best results though, applying the adhesive to both surfaces, waiting the prescribed amount of "Tack Time", then applying the two similarly coated surfaces together is of course the "best" method, but that way involves a "do it right or else" situation as far as putting down the laminate exactly where you want it.
This can be done easiest by laying the Laminate down on it's face, marking out the perimeter of the wood assemblies, applying first the adhesive to the laminate, then the wood (...it'll soak into and dry on the wood much faster...) and then laying each piece of wood down exactly in place. Afterward, installing any metal or wood bracing becomes a easy chore
Using the re positional type means that you can apply the material while the adhesive is still wet, and slide it a bit into position. But that sort of method also requires "Blocking and Clamping" to hold the material in place until it dries, whereas the former application method will make the glued surface seize the material and NOT let go.
Be sure to sand down your wood to a smooth surface, and then wipe clean with first a dampened cloth, then a dry cloth so the surface has no dust on it.
If you do it right, the two surfaces will effectively become as one. Don't do it right, and they still are one....but unfortunately "one" big mess.