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Forum topic by Blackfin29 posted 11-19-2019 02:49 AM 214 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Blackfin29

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11-19-2019 02:49 AM

I’m refinishing a teak table with a nice raised edge molding. I chose to use heat instead of chemicals, and at one point the trim lifted a smidge on the radius. Glue may have been weak right there?

So in my infinite wisdom I immediately clamped the “bejesus” out of it on that spot thinking IF that glue got hot, and became weak… Maybe, JUST MAYBE, if I clamp it down soon enough the glue may set back up?

SO now I wait… Let it sit overnight…

If this glue does re-seat that molding, will it be as strong as before??

Not sure of the glue… Titebond of some sort I’m sure…


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#1 posted 11-19-2019 01:38 PM

as you know, photos will get you the most accurate feedback.
also – do you know the approximate age of the table ?
will this be on or off the boat ?
if the adhesive was compromised enough to let go, just clamping it back
into position may only be a temporary fix.
it could very easily pop up again in the near future due to insufficient adhesion.

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#2 posted 11-19-2019 02:12 PM

If hide glue was used originally on the table, then your assessment would be correct and that heat will reactivate the glue. If not then it likely won’t work.

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#3 posted 11-19-2019 02:18 PM

Chances are that it is edge banding that is applied using heat. I don’t have any experience with them but if it were me, I would run an iron over it as you would when applying a heat activated edge strip in hopes that it would reset the adhesive. As soon as it let no, it probably cooled off so it probably won’t stick. With an iron, you may be able to get it to stick again.

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#4 posted 11-19-2019 02:22 PM



If hide glue was used originally on the table, then your assessment would be correct and that heat will reactivate the glue. If not then it likely won t work.

- bondogaposis

If it is old enough that they would have used hide glue, you will need both heat and moisture to reset it and I don’t think that the heat alone would have made it release.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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Blackfin29

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#5 posted 11-19-2019 03:20 PM

I’ll get a picture tonight… Table is only a couple years old.

I have that edge molding clamped down tighter than a Bull’s A%$ as we speak.. Let’s see if it takes!!

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Blackfin29

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#6 posted 11-21-2019 02:29 AM

So the trim piece, once cooled and unclamped remained right in place… I almost wonder if the heat briefly warped the wood, and cooling she snapped right back into place like nothing ever happened.

hmmmmm… Well all is well that ends well.

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