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Best adhesive to attach used wine corks to wood and/or plastic? Answered

I'm making a door mat of old natural corks, so the adhesive needs to be heat resistant and waterproof.  The corks will be spaced, to allow dirt & water to pass through; so, the adhesive should be strong enough to withstand the daily treading, without the benefit of the support of other corks packed closely together.
My first thought was to hot glue, but that has no flexibility and the corks would probably pop loose very quickly.
I've seen wine cork instructables using wood glue, Gorilla (R) glue and rubber cement. I haven't worked with the first two.  Any experience with these materials? Your input is appreciated; thanks, Community!



Best Answer 8 years ago

I'm thinking you should drill holes in them and connect with stiff-wire, and secure with something like hot glue.
Got to leave house, but wire vertically in the same way



Cement glue. My source was Doityourself.com and I am currently looking for ways and inspiration


8 years ago

I'm not sure why you would need a flexible glue, the corks themselves are reasonably resilient  and flexible. But if you want to permanently attach cork to wood for use in an exterior application, yellow carpenter's glue will do the job just fine, as will Gorilla glue. Rubber cement won't create a strong enough bond. Contact cement might, but it won't work as well as the carpenter's glue or Gorilla glue.
If you are going to glue the cork to plastic, epoxy would be your best bet.

Actually Burf,
Regular "carpenters glue" is just plain old wood glue. Works well for woodwork, but not much else. It's inflexible and breaks down quickly when exposed to sunlight. If you were gluing cork tiles to wallboard or wood paneling, carpenters glue will work. But for a rugged bond that is waterproof, flexible and UV resistant, Gorilla Glue is what you want. It's water based and incredibly strong, but takes a while (up to 24hrs.) to cure, but it's well worth the wait time.
Hope this helps!

+1 for Gorilla glue
Is yellow carpenters glue waterproof after it's dry?


Oh yes. Yellow glue is an extremely good, water resistant glue.

The only thing I've found that works on synthetic corks (plastic) has been two-part epoxy. For natural corks, a number of glues will work - Titebond III and Gorilla glue are my favorites. I've had poor results with hot glues, rubber cement, and super glues. For interior applications my favorite is just plain ol' Elmers white glue.

Use E-600 glue. It's 2.67 for a tube at w-mart in the crafts dept. It'll stick anything.

Duct Tape, lots and lots of Duct Tape.

While I was composing the diagram I revised the idea: connect with heavy "garden-wire". Twist wire to secure each cork, and mat together with multiple wireings. I've seen similar with fibres / brushes, it's the best way to go.