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Old 30-12-2007, 16:24   #1
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A piece of my sole came up, 1/4" teak over 3/4" ply, and it looks like it was glued down with some kind of flexible adhesive. It almost looks like the kind of stuff you would use on linoleum. Any Ideas? It's hard to get it off the ply. I want to glue it back down with the same stuff. I know west epoxy is best but I will save that for when I redo the whole sole.
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A piece of my sole came up, 1/4" teak over 3/4" ply, and it looks like it was glued down with some kind of flexible adhesive.
How big a piece? If the teak is coming up I doubt the plywood is doing well either.

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I know west epoxy is best but I will save that for when I redo the whole sole.
I'm not so sure that West System Epoxy is best for everything or even anything as far as an interior sole is concerned. The plywood and the teak expand and contract differently. Any differences in expansion / contraction would shear the layers apart using a thin layer of epoxy. Most teak and holly soles use a very thin veneer far less than 1/4 inch for that reason. The plywood is more stable to moisture than the real wood.
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If it is flexible adhesive it is probably a urethane adhesive. They are used in the flooring and tile industries and easy enough to find in those departments of any hardware store. If it is just a small strip, look for a product called "Goop" sold in tubes (small and large) in blister cards at most hardware stores and places that carry epoxy and the like. There are something like six varieties of it, plain "household goop" is the default choice.
But I'm not sure how well it sticks to itself, you might want to call them and check on that. I suspect you'll need to scrape and abrade the old stuff off, to get good adhesion for the new stuff.
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I went to Lowes and they only had 1 kind of Goop in a small tube. I'll try it and see what happens. The piece that came off was on the edge of the blige access.
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"GOOP" isn't a product I'd recommend; but:
GOOP~ Eclectic Products Inc: Amazing GOOP | Glues Whatever. Bonds Forever.
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I used Gorila glue to repair some problem areas on our sole. It is working.
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Gorilla Glue (an example of great success from picking a memorable name) is "just another" of the hard urethane glues, Elmer's calls it something bland like "furniture glue" and can't touch their sales. Same product AFAIK.

I'd also expect a hard urethane to be good in the floors, but if the rest of the flooring is attached with a flexible material, and one spot gets repaired with an inflexible material...could cause something to pop later, since they wouldn't "move" the same way.

All the glues like Gorilla Glue foam up during the first hour after they are applied, take care to hang around with a damp rag to wipe off any overage. It dries rock hard.
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