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Across the entire bottom of my glovebox door the padded leather front has separated from the metal/plastic backing.
Before I attempt to glue and clamp, does anyone have suggestions on what not to do or what type of adhesive to use?
The foam is springy and wants to spring away from the backing so unless the adhesive is industrial strength, it won't hold.
The door is from an S4 Spider. Apart from this the door fits well into the opening. (The hinge was stiff and WD40 worked
wonders on it. Not sure if the stiff hinge caused the problem or not.) Thanks all.
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I would use clear silicone and then put a weight on top of it while pressed together till hardened. Silicone likes to be scruntched together and makes a strong bond when done this way. You can use a putty knife and smooth it around on the inside and wipe off the extra that comes out the sides after the weight has been put on it to keep it in the correct shape.
 

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Mine is not as bad as that one, but I plan to use a good contact cement, and clamp it in a vise.
 

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My issue with contact cement is that you need to apply it evenly to both surfaces. I don't see how I can apply it evenly in the narrow gap.

I will stop in at an auto upholstery place this week and get their two cents. I'll report on their advice.
 

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My issue with contact cement is that you need to apply it evenly to both surfaces. I don't see how I can apply it evenly in the narrow gap.

I will stop in at an auto upholstery place this week and get their two cents. I'll report on their advice.
That's a good point! I'll be interested in what the shop has to say... Thanks.
 

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I went to two upholstery shops. The first said it couldn't be fixed, noting that the padding wants to spring away from the backing. The 2nd shop was more encouraging. He suggested using the urethane adhesive used by auto glass people. I think this is the stuff: 3M urethane . This looks like thick black goop. After a little internet sleuthing I found rhino glue . It's applied very thinly and bonds in a few seconds. I think I'll try it first.
 

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I went to two upholstery shops. The first said it couldn't be fixed, noting that the padding wants to spring away from the backing. The 2nd shop was more encouraging. He suggested using the urethane adhesive used by auto glass people. I think this is the stuff: 3M urethane . This looks like thick black goop. After a little internet sleuthing I found rhino glue . It's applied very thinly and bonds in a few seconds. I think I'll try it first.
If the 3M windshield adhesive won't hold it, nothing will. It is sticky and messy so mask of anything you do not want to get it on. It will clean off later with 3M adhesive remover if needed
 
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If the 3M windshield adhesive won't hold it, nothing will. It is sticky and messy so mask of anything you do not want to get it on. It will clean off later with 3M adhesive remover if needed
So I ended up applying Rhino glue and it worked! I applied it to both sides --- the metal and the foam backed leather and then clamped it. I kept the clamps on for a week but I doubt I needed that long. My thinking was since the Rhino glue is thin like crazy glue, if it didn't work I'd go to Plan B --- the messy but sturdy 3M product. If I started with the messy stuff and it didn't work, I don't think then applying the thin RHino glue would work over the thick mess.

My glove box looks like new.
 
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