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Old 11-30-2010, 11:42 PM   #1
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Best glue/adhesive for wood to metal repair

I recently discovered a wood cabinet that is apparently glued to the metal frame of one of my slide-outs has pulled away from the frame. What would be the best glue/adhesive for bonding wood to metal? I will be able to clamp the repair with no problems.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions. - RT
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Old 12-01-2010, 12:40 AM   #2
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I always use an Epoxy mix when I want something to hold forever.

You need to go looking at various Epoxies and see which one meets your needs for attaching wood to metal.

I've found Epoxy needs to be measured correctly and MIXED very well. If those two parameters aren't followed you get a mix that never quite sets right and is forever sticky.

I leave a sample of the mix I made on my workbench and use it as a guide to tell me when the job is done.
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Clean up the metal down to bare metal and just makie sure the wood is cleam. I suggest using a 3M product available at West Marine stores. Get tube of 5200 or gaster setting 4200. Keep it clamped or 48 hours. Clean up with mineral spirits. You'll meed a caulkiing gun
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I use SealAll for everything even a leak in the swimming pool liner. It is amazing. Seal-All Adhesive product 0710
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Old 12-02-2010, 12:47 AM   #5
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I had a similar situation and found after a couple of tries with other products that a thick coating of Liquid Nails worked best.
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Clean up the metal down to bare metal and just makie sure the wood is cleam. I suggest using a 3M product available at West Marine stores. Get tube of 5200 or gaster setting 4200. Keep it clamped or 48 hours. Clean up with mineral spirits. You'll meed a caulkiing gun
Agree... 99% of the store stuff will fail..
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I worked in a boat yard;; Gluing hand railings down.. I must agree with the prior post. 5200 It's made to hold..
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I'd choose a polyurethane adhesive and 3M 5200 Sealant is one of the best.

3M US: Marine Fast Cure 5200 Adhesive Sealant

However, you can get good polyurethane adhesives in caulking gun tubes at Lowes and Depot. The prep work, cleaning, smoothing and proper fitting of the pieces, is more important than the brand you choose.

Lowes - PL brand Polyurethane
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PL 400 construction adhesive 45 years in the construction industry, it will hold anything to anything. Lowes or Home Depot.
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Thank you for all of the replies. Not sure which one I will try, and now need a little warmer weather before attempting the repair. - RT
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pl 400 dries faster than 5200. both should work. however you need to prepare to hold the cabinet in place longer than 24 hours while 5200 sets.
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I had a similar situation and found after a couple of tries with other products that a thick coating of Liquid Nails worked best.
It is a mistake to simply grab the nearest tube of LN. For one, there are several different types of LN, and the best one to use, depends on the materials being adhered. I called LN to find out which one they recommend. I don't think LN normal would work in this situation as one surface is metal.
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