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, fabrics, and many other porous materials. Not for use with raw wood (unbacked) veneers or plastic laminates.
There'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.
Will Titan DX work on unbacked veneers?
This adhesive is suitable for most backed veneers (2 ply and paperbacked). It is not suitable for unbacked veneer.
Why is Titan DX not suitable for all backed veneers?
Some 2 ply veneers are made with acidic adhesives and/or backer veneers with high tannic acid content. A non-neutral PH surface will de-stabilize the polymers in Titan DX. When this happens, the adhesive will turn white and gummy. This is not an issue with the Titan adhesive. It is simply an incompatibility with acidic surfaces. The 2 ply veneers offered at VeneerSupplies.com work perfectly with Titan DX.
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.
Will Titan work on plastic laminates?
Generally speaking, it is best to use Titan DX only on porous surfaces. 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. However, there are many chemicals that can be found on the back of a plastic laminate and some of those chemicals will prevent Titan DX from adhering.
Will Titan DX bond to metal, plastic, glass, or pre-finished wood surfaces?
Titan DX will only bond to a porous surface. Plastic, glass, metal, and pre-finished wood surfaces are not porous.
Can Titan DX be used on non-porous surfaces?
Like all water-based adhesives, Titan DX only bonds porous surfaces. We provide no warranty whatsoever if either of the bonding surfaces are non-porous. Materials such as plywood, MDF, particle board, and paperbacked veneers are not porous unless they are scuff sanded with 80 grit sand paper.
What is the clean up process with this adhesive?
Clean rollers and brushes with hot water while the adhesive is still wet. If the adhesive starts to dry, soak the roller or brush in mineral spirits for an hour and then clean with hot water. Cured adhesive can not be removed from rollers and brushes.
Is Titan DX freeze/thaw stable?
This adhesive is not usable if it is allowed to freeze. Once frozen, it turns to a solid lump of very hard rubber.
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
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 I use this glue even if it is beyond the shelf life?
That is a risk that you have to be willing to take. I would not recommend it and I would not use an expired adhesive for my veneer projects. Typically there are no visual indicators that a glue has exceeded the shelf life and is not suitable for use.
Can this adhesive be shipped overseas?
Titan DX can not be shipped outside of the USA and Canada.
Why is this adhesive so expensive?
The manufacturer is notorious for increasing prices by 5% every six months. I wish I could write some fluff that says that it's because this adhesive is made from a rare polymer called "unobtainium" but instead I believe it's simply a greedy and despicable policy designed to put more money in the pockets of their executives.
Review by Michael Willey
Perfect for getting the job done without the toxic mess. After struggling with the sticky ooze of Weldwood contact cement for months, my small company decided to try Titan DX, mainly for gluing foam and fabric to wood. Turned out to be a no-brainer. Cheaper, easier to apply, easier to clean, dries from white to clear so you know when it's tacky, and plenty strong enough for what we're using it for. Can't really say anything bad about it. Should have switched to this stuff years ago.
Review by Gil Shriver
I have been using this contact cement for several years in my yacht repair business. I've used it on a few multi-million dollar vessels and it always sticks perfectly. You can find other water-based contact glues in Home Depot and Lowes but they dont work for long... especially on a boat fixture. I don't personally know Joe (the owner of this site) but I can tell you that he runs a top notch outfit and only sells quality items. This glue is no exception.
Review by Eric Sooy
This adhesive out performs 3M NF-30! I've used both extensively.
Review by Luis T
This is the first time with this glue. Excellent results, very easy to work and ultra strong bond. I reveneered a heavily damaged console and this product was a real lifesaver.
Review by Niles Miller
I've always been weary on buying glue online but I sent several questions to the owner of this site and he replied quickly. I placed an order and received it in two days. My first project with this glue was a paperbacked cherry veneer being applied to plywood for a head cabinet backing. I just did one coat on each side and waited for it to dry a bit. Before I applied the veneer, I touched the surface with my fingers and I swear they almost bonded to the plywood! This glue is really good. I trimmed the panel later on and found that the bond was strong enough that there was no tear out at the saw edge. Overall I am very happy and would recommend this glue to anyone looking for a non-toxic contact cement.
Review by Todd W
Just finished my first veneer project-- a cherry fireplace. This glue is fantastic. I've used solvent contact cements in the past and this seems as good without any fumes or smell.
Review by Bill B
I must admit that all the reviews were so glowing for this product that I suspected an "inside job". But after failing with several big box bought brands and some other failed techniques (wood glue and special veneer adhesive)I came back to contact cement and said what the heck, for $27 let's try this stuff (the job was to affix 1/16" wood back veneer to the sides of my kitchen cabinets).
I'm somewhat handy but have never done this type of work before and I was very frustrated with my previous attempts. Needless to say, this stuff worked great (be precise though on initial placement, there are no second chances) and allowed me to finally finish the job in a weekend.
Now on to the tile backsplash...
Review by Lou C
Great coverage, easy application, quick dry time, and phenomenal bond with a single coat. I'll buy more.
Review by Randy R.
This is the ultimate replacement for contact cement. I was skeptical on a water based contact adhesive but on the recommendation of a colleague I bought it. This stuff is unbelievable. Virtually no odor, which is important to me since I am using it in an academic woodshop. Solvent based contact cement has been outlawed in our building. The grip this has is just incredible. Easy cleanup and once it is setup you can clean residue up with Goo Gone. Forget everything you heard about water based being a wimpy substitute. You will not be dissapointed. Do yourself a favor and also pickup one of Joe's veneer glue rollers to apply. They are worth every penny. Thanks Joe.
Review by Sam Kendall
I've been using the Titan glue for a year and I have gone through 4 gallons of it already. Most solvent-laden contact cements have good adhesion but the fumes are a big issue especially in this age of environmental awareness. I tried one other water-based contact cement and the results were not acceptable.
Then I tried this Titan contact cement and now I use nothing but this one. The bonding is flawless and its just as good, if not better then the solvent cements. There are no fumes with this stuff which is surprising and the cost per gallon seems a bit only until you realize the savings in the exceptionally high "spread ratio".
My shipments generally take two days to get to me in New York and the boxes always arrived well-packaged.
Review by Nicholas Fellows
Everyone knows that water-based contact cements are "iffy" at best. I thought so until I tried out this contact cement. I read about it on a woodworking forum and all of the posts mentioned good experiences with this one. I was building a desk for my son and decided this was worth adding to my order (along with some paper backed cherry veneer).
I didn't think it would be THIS good though. It's very easy to apply and there is not much of a smell to it. The glue bonds so strong that it almost felt like it had be glued down with epoxy glue. I tried pulling off some of the veneer on a cut off and it just would not budge. To be honest, I will never use a non-water based adhesive again. The odor and the flammability is just too much especially considering how good this Titan glue works.
Review by Wallace S.
I bought this glue a few weeks ago and just got around to using it. Normally, I dont write "reviews". But I'm very happy with the results I found with this Titan glue. There's almost no odor and no health hazards so that is a plus but the biggest surprise was how well it bonds veneer. I use paperbacked cherry regularly on my projects and I always hate to use stinky and flammable contact cement. The Titan glue works better than any solvent type adhesive. I'll use and buy this again!
Review by Howard Treneau
I can only repeat what the last reviewer wrote. Everything you've read here is true. The Titan glue is superior to solvent based types. What I like most is that it stay tacky for a very long time. There is no rush to get the veneer onto the project board. Other positives include a high spread rate, extremely strong bond, no fumes, and long shelf life. My only complaint about this product is that the bottle isnt clear like some of the other glues on the market. I know thats a petty idea to even write about but when I look on my shelf, I like to see if I've got enough glue for the job at hand.
Review by Dale Thompson
I have to admit that I didnt expect much from this stuff. It only took a single trial with some paperbacked cherry and MDF to learn that this is a great contact cement. I dont think there is anything better on the market than the Titan glue. Never again will I be tortured by the fumes of the solvent based contact cement. I dont smell a thing with this adhesive. A few words of wisdom for everyone else - get the glue roller and the scraper tool. Both are needed to make adhering a veneer as fool proof as can be. Both of these are cheap items on this website. The glue roller can be clean up so it completely re-usable. The scraper tool really makes a huge difference in the strength of the bond. I've learned this the hard way. As others have written, corresponding with Joe is wonderful. His shipping rates and methods are excellent and his products are a step above the rest.
Review by Jack Jimmerson
I used this glue last year at the school I work at to repair doors prior to refinishing them. I was new to veneering but we had great results and the glue worked fantastic. When I went to re-order more for this year I waited until it came available again because it worked so well and I did not want to chance another product. I also like the water base which makes for easier clean up and virtually no smell. One of the big pluses in ordering it online from VeneerSupplies.com is you have it very quickly and the shipping is very reasonable which allows me to get more done and not run all over the city to try to find something else. So thanks for restocking it!
Review by Don Whitbeck
I had always used the solvent based contact cements, which work well and I have tried other water based cements which did not work so well. I decided to try the Titan DX and it appears to have every bit as good a bond as the solvent types. It has been especially valuable to me in the cold weather as I can use it indoors without fear of dangerous fumes.
Review by Frank Gamblin
I bought this glue about 6 months ago and havent had time to put it to use until last night. This is one of the better contact cements on the market. I have tried quite a few over the last few years with varying degrees of success. While I was waiting for this contact cement to set up, I noticed that it was developing a strong "tack" within minutes of application. By the time the veneer was ready to set onto the MDF, the tack was so strong that if I touched it, I could almost lift the MDF off the bench. Once the veneer was down I tested the strength by pulling on some areas of overhang and from that point, I knew this was the one contact cement that would be used in my shop for a very long time. The bond is flawless and there is no smell whatsoever. I paid $7.25 for shipping but that also included a glue roller and some brass fittings. No bad for shipping (I've seen worse).
Review by Art Edwards (Fairhill Cabinetry)
Most water based contact cements are junk. This is the exception to that rule. Our best flammable contact cement is only half as strong as this stuff. I worked with Joe to get these available in 1 gallon containers and he assured me that he was working on it. We use this cement in a spray system here in the shop as well as with a brush and roller on the job site. Those customers appreciate the lack of fumes when we are working in there homes with paperbacked veneers. This is one of those products where you get what you pay for. Its a little pricey but the spread rate is higher than anything our company has ever used so the true cost of application is much lower than you would expect. Art Edwards - Fairhill Cabinetry
Review by Brian K.
I used this contact cement to bond some paperbacked maple veneer to 3/4" thick MDF for a desk top and was very surprised by how well it worked. They are not kidding when they mention its instant full strength bond. I had some scraps left over and I tried to remove the veneer from the MDF but it just wasnt possible. This glue definitely has more bite than any other contact cement I have tried. And my father (who is a life-long cabinetmaker) agreed completely. He is ordering some for his business. I suspect this may be one of the those "sleeper" products that doesnt get much attention but works really well. Maybe one day, someone famous will mention it and then, of course, we'll hear about it everywhere.
I am very satisfied with this glue as well the service that Joe provides. I'll be back for more!