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How to Glue to Melamine

Updated February 21, 2017

Melamine is a hard resin surface chemically manufactured and used to produce construction materials, plastic dishes, and other durable objects. In construction, melamine is often found as a hard outer coating on particle board, plywood, or multi-density fibre board (MDF) and used for projects such as cabinets, bookcases, and shelving because of its water-resistant qualities. Because melamine is a hard, slick surface, the right preparation and glue choice is key to successfully gluing objects to melamine.

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  1. Pour 1/4 cup dishwashing liquid into a quart-size spray bottle. Fill the rest of the bottle with warm water and shake the bottle to mix the contents.

  2. Spray the cleaning mixture directly onto the melamine surface. Be careful not to get the cleaning solution on exposed edges of particle board, plywood, or MDF, or the wood may warp.

  3. Wash the section to be glued with a sponge and rinse with a sponge and cool water. Dry the melamine with a towel.

  4. Apply rubbing alcohol to the end of a soft rag and rub the area to be glued with the rubbing alcohol. The rubbing alcohol will remove any dirt or grease that remains on the melamine. Allow the rubbing alcohol to dry completely.

  5. Place an “S” shaped line of glue down the back of the object you want to glue to the melamine. The glue must be suitable for gluing surfaces such as melamine, vinyl, and laminate.

  6. Place the object on the melamine and hold in place until the glue sets. Setting time will depend on the type of glue used and the temperature and humidity in the room, but will probably take several minutes. If you have clamps, you can clamp the object onto the melamine while it dries. Wipe any excess glue away immediately with paper towel.

  7. Tip

    Woodworkers recommend Roo glue for gluing to melamine.

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Things You'll Need

  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Quart-size spray bottle
  • Sponge
  • Towel
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Soft rag
  • Glue suitable for melamine or laminates
  • Clamps

About the Author

Kaye Morris has over four years of technical writing experience as a curriculum design specialist and is a published fiction author. She has over 20 years of real estate development experience and received her Bachelor of Science in accounting from McNeese State University along with minors in programming and English.

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