What Do I Use to Glue Laminate for Cabinet Refacing?


Your cabinets have taken a beating over the years. Refacing your old, dirty and beaten cabinets is not difficult. The right type of glue for refacing your cabinets is a flammable contact cement. Non-flammable contact cement or glue will not stay bonded in high-heat areas like by a stove, in direct sunlight or other heat source.

Contact Cement

  • Use a flammable contact cement like Macco Liquid Nails. Make sure you follow the instructions on the contact cement closely and work with the windows open so the area is well ventilated.

Purchasing Contact Cement

  • Contact cement is available at your local cabinet manufacturer, hardware and home improvement stores. If you are buying the contact cement from a cabinet manufacturer, you may need to bring your own container, since their glue supply may only be in bulk instead of individual tubes or tubs. Make sure you buy a contact cement that is clear and will dry clear. If buying contact cement from a hardware or home improvement store, buy the product in a gallon container or other large container if you have a lot of cabinets to reface or repair.

Tips on Using Contact Cement

  • When applying contact cement, make sure you have the two surfaces you are trying to bond lined up perfectly. Once you press the two surfaces together, you will not be able to make any adjustments. To break the bond and pull the surfaces apart, use lacquer thinner. Apply the contact cement with a putty knife and wipe up any excess adhesive with a clean rag or shop towel. Make sure you wear gloves and safety goggles to keep the thinner and cement from getting on your skin or in your eyes.

Adhesives to Avoid

  • When refacing your laminate cabinets, do not use a two-part epoxy, Elmer's brand glue, Super Glue, yellow or white wood glue, or a Bondo brand of glue. These glues will not create a strong bond and will only provide a temporary fix.

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