Any suggestions about how to fix long thin stips of formica along the
bottom of a wall? A problem exarcebated by the wall projecting above
the skirting in a manner similar to the way kitchen units are recessed.
Can it be coiled? It is a real pain trying to lay it all in one go. I
doubt anyone here has come across this sort of thing but I have never
heard of it myself so I thought I'd give it a go.
Formica? there is a blast from the past..it can certainly be coiled - at
least the 1mm or so thick stuff can.
I used top use solvent based Evostik to make 'kitchen tops' with
Formica, before the pre-made sort became available.
That is probably a good bet in this case...evostik. Then set it in place
with a strip of plastic between, and gradually withdraw plastic and tamp
down..No more nails (or equiv.) might work well too.
No offence but you don't know what you are talking about. You should
only use contact adhesive with formica. The thing is once I have put it
on the plastic will I'd like to be able to coil it for ease of
The stuff tends to stick only when both the laminate and the wall are
coated. My problem is that I can't navigate much with it. I have to
hold it out and place it along the base of the wall as well as fit it
to the previous strip laid. All whilst tucking it under an 1/2" lip.
It's next to impossible.
And what is evostik if not contact adhesive?
Actually I have also used epoxy. That works well..and also polyester
resins as in car body filler, but its expensive.
Its not a difficult material to just tack in place, which is why I
suggested no more nails. The acrylics will PROBABLY bond well enough to
stop it actually falling down, and you PROBABLY need the gap fill
properties - sadly lacking in contact adhesive.
Another possible is a mildly foaming polyurethane glue.
< The thing is once I have put it
Yes, which is why you ned to let it dry off throughly and insert a
separator - probably something like heavy polythene - which wont tacxk
That is of course what chareactrises a contact glue, like the solvent
based evostik that I originally mentioned.
I suppose you are too young to realise that in 1962, Evostik meant one
thing only. A petroleum based rubber contact adhesive for gluing Formica.
My problem is that I can't navigate much with it. I have to
I wouldn't use Formica to do skirting anyway. Been there done that..if
the contact adhesive isn't quite set off before you lay it, a little
lateral shuffling is possible.
I must say I'd be inclined to dot and dab car body filler and use a slab
of wood to hold it in place for the 5 minutes it takes to go off,..
why not apply the contact adhesive to one surface and position the
formica right away, no predrying time. This gives you the chance to
move it about a bit, and once in position it must be held there while
the glue dries.
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