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A question about using contact cement for adhering plastic laminate (Formica) to MDF: which types of contact cement are safe to use with both the laminate and the MDF? I have some water-based (solvent-free) contact cement. Knowing MDF is a water sponge, would it be safe to use the water-base contact cement? Or should one use only the solvent-based contact cement?

The project is my router table top (24 x 48 inch comprised of MDF core with red oak trim.)

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Hi Cassandra

Give the 3M contact cement a try,,it comes in a big spray can, it many types . I like to use the super 3Mx,it can hold the bumper off your truck to your wood stock.. no muss no fuss..

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Hi Folks:

A question about using contact cement for adhering plastic laminate (Formica) to MDF: which types of contact cement are safe to use with both the laminate and the MDF? I have some water-based (solvent-free) contact cement. Knowing MDF is a water sponge, would it be safe to use the water-base contact cement? Or should one use only the solvent-based contact cement?

The project is my router table top (24 x 48 inch comprised of MDF core with red oak trim.)

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Hi Cassandra,

I don't know about water based contact cements, but for my router table top I used the DAP gel based contact cement to glue my MDF pieces together as well as the Formica on top and bottom of the MDF. It worked very well. I used a 99 cent bristle brush to put it on and just threw it away when finished.
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Also thought I would reference the post from my router table build, in the event you may find it useful

http://www.routerforums.com/show-n-t...tml#post131959

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Thanks, Bob and Frank, for you comments.

I have an unopened can of LePages Res-tite Green Contact Cement (water-based) that I'll try on the table top.

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If you want good contact cement use the solvent based products. They havent perfected the water based stuff yet.

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If you want good contact cement use the solvent based products. They havent perfected the water based stuff yet.
Hi Paul:

Thanks for your remarks. Curious about the imperfectio of the water-based cement. I'll have to look into it further.

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Cassandra,
The Weldwood is what I use. I use a roller, applying two coats, let the first one dry before applying the second. I do my glue up outside on the carport. Don't have to wait for the fumes to clear the shop. I tried the water based stuff , but it didn't hold as well.
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Thanks, Harry.

I appreciate everyone's comments.

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Thanks, Harry.

I appreciate everyone's comments.

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Cassandra, I am curious if you used the water based contact cement and how it worked for you on the MDF and anything else you may have used it on.

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