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Better Bond Titan DX™
Premium Contact Cement

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When only the best adhesive will do, serious craftsmen choose Better Bond’s Titan DX™ premium contact cement. This unique high-solids adhesive exceeds the demands of the finest professional cabinetmakers and artisans. No other waterborne contact adhesive matches the strength, resilience, and ease of use of Titan DX. Simply apply and let dry. Your project is now ready for an instant and permanent bond.

Titan DX will permanently bond paper backed and 2-ply veneers to any porous substrate including particle board, MDF, plywood, and drywall. In addition, it works with leather, vinyl, fabrics, and many other decorative laminates. Not for use with raw wood (unbacked) veneers.

pg-titan-fullbond.gifThere's no denying that contact cement has been a hot topic among professional cabinetmakers. In many parts of the country, OSHA has forced cabinet shops to halt the use of solvent-based contact cements. These shops are now required to use a non-toxic and environmentally friendly contact adhesive instead. Until now, there has been no decent alternative. The most common issues with water-based contact cement are poor bond strength and durability.

One company stepped up to the plate to fix this problem and developed an impressive water based contact cement that performs even better than the solvent based types. There is a lot to love about this adhesive. It has a very long open-time. It's non-toxic. It's affordable. It doesn't fill your shop with hazardous fumes. And most importantly, it bonds like nothing else I've seen. I have thoroughly tested it with paperbacked and 2-ply veneers and the results were simply astounding. Try it once and I promise you'll agree that this is the best contact cement available.

Features

  • Low odor
  • Easy clean up
  • High coverage/spread rate
  • Water resistant
  • Extra-long open time

Instructions

  1. Surfaces to be bonded must be free from moisture, dirt, and any oil residue. Both the adhesive and surfaces to be bonded should be at 65° F when used. Both surfaces must be porous. It is always a good idea to scuff sand the back of the veneer and the substrate.
  2. Use 80 grit sand paper to thoroughly scuff the back of the veneer and the face of the substrate.
  3. Shake gently before using.
  4. Use a glue roller or spray equipment to apply one even coat on each surface.
  5. An additional coat may be required on very porous surfaces, but should not be applied until the first coat is dry. Lower temperatures slow the rate of drying and may affect the bond strength. A clear, glossy coat is the visual indicator that the adhesive is dry. Cloudy areas indicate incomplete drying. Dull areas indicate insufficient adhesive.
  6. Allow both surfaces to dry (25 - 35 minutes) before combining. Drying times are affected by humidity, thickness of the adhesive application, and temperature. Make bonds as soon as possible after drying. Adhesion occurs instantly upon contact.
  7. A handheld roller will not create adequate pressure to make the bond permanent. Instead, use a veneer scraper to "seat" the bond and make it permanent. Always move the scraper in the direction of the grain. Use sufficient pressure with the veneer scraper to insure complete mating of the surfaces. 
  8. The completed panel may be machined immediately after application but allow 24 hours for full bond strength.



Will Titan DX work on unbacked veneers?
This adhesive is only suitable for backed veneers (2 ply and paperbacked).

Will the water content of this glue create any issues?
Some species, grains, and backers can expand when a water-based adhesive is applied. It typically takes 24 hours for the veneer to return to its normal size. Therfore it is best to allow a day before flush trimming the veneer panel.

With Titan work on plastic laminates?
When I developed this adhesive, I never requested it to work with plastic laminates but the chemist involved in the project said that it would work for that type of material. Generally speaking, it is best to use it on porous surfaces but we have shipped this adhesive to many customers who used it on plastic laminates. I've never heard back from those customers so I assume it worked well. If it had not worked, they surely would have contacted me.

What other details should I know?
Shelf Life: 8 - 12 months (based storage conditions)
Coverage: 100 square feet per quart / 200 square feet per half gallon
Clean Up: Use warm, soapy water
Storage: Store in a dry area at 60° F – 80° F
Compatibility: Titan DX is compatible with most stains and finishes including lacquer, conversion varnish, and polyurethane.

Can this adhesive be shipped overseas?
Titan DX can not be shipped outside of the USA and Canada.

What else should I order with this glue?
The glue roller and a veneer scraper tool are "must have" items when working with Titan DX contact cement.



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