Adhesion Issues with Teak Edgebanding
Anyhow, we have a Holz-her 1411. We are not happy with the test pieces we banded, the band pulled off fairly easily due to the oils in teak. Is the answer going to be swabbing this band with lacquer thinner? How long do I have after cleaning before the oils seep back to the surface and I have to re-band?
From contributor D:
You could try priming the edge of the teak strips with a solution of diluted contact cement. I think you will get your best results gluing on with wood glue and clamps.
From contributor J:
You might want to try tongue and groove white glue and clamps. It’s always worked for me.
From the original questioner:
We found that using a conical disk sander (on the venerable old shopsmith) to 80-grit the back of the band, coupled with a higher glue temp gave us an adequate bond.
From contributor P:
Adwood has a primer that works well with teak. Prime the strip and allow it to dry. Then run as normal on your bander.
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Comment from contributor T:
Comment from contributor K:
Teak is very oily and needs to be washed with acetone before glue or finish is applied to remove the oils from the surface. Wipe several passes and you'll see oils building up on the rag. Wipe until oil presence is minimal or gone. Allow acetone to dry (evaporate). Apply glue or finish within 15 minutes. The natural oils in the teak will migrate back to the cleaned surface quickly. I’ve never experienced a bonding problem after using the acetone wash. Caution: Use gloves that are specifically designed to withstand acetone.
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