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        I'm trying to reinforce some old leather motorcycle saddlebags with luan inserts. I know contact cement would work great, but am afraid that I might not be able to get the inserts positioned properly, and would have a problem aligning them. I'm wondering if Gorilla Glue would work. Haven't ever used the stuff, but it sounds like it should work. Anybody out there ever used Gorilla Glue to stick leather to wood, and if so, how did it work? Thanks.
         
        Posts: 841 | Location: Rogers City, MI | Registered: Sep 25, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Hi and Yes, I have used Gorilla Glue for several projects and it works wonderful on leather to wood. I used it on coasters with a leather piece on the top, I was very happy with the results and now 3 years later they're still holding! I liked the glue but it is sold in too large of a bottle for my use, dried in the bottle too fast, even tho I put the top back on immediately each time I used it. But it's a great product, I treat it like super glue and am very careful with it or you could end up the wrong items stuck, lol! It did give time for adjustments tho, but be sure it's where you want it or you might not get them apart again!

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        Posts: 551 | Location: E.WA State, USA | Registered: Oct 21, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Also good results repairing leather boots where they separated from the sole.

        As mentioned buy a small bottle, use thinly/sparingly and not too close to the edges, as it tends to expand as it cures. The expansion also requires some clamping or weighting it down so it stays nice and flat. Check it part way through as it cures, to see if you need to clean any off that has squeezed out? Once it dries, it is tough to trim back.
         
        Posts: 6894 | Location: Plains and Mountains | Registered: Sep 26, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Gorilla and similar glues are hydrophyllic, they form part of the bond by grabbing onto water in the material. if there is none, the bond is weak. if you watch the ads, you will see they spray water on the work before gluing.

        this does not work for PV glues like Elmer's Wood or Titebond.

        this is a bond for non-flexing surfaces, by the way. if those saddlebags are supposed to remain flexible, siliconing thick canvas or rip-stop tent material inside would be a better repair.


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        Posts: 5820 | Location: North Burbs, MN | Registered: Mar 14, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Thanks for the help. Gorilla Glue worked great and bonded the leather to the wood quite well. Saddlebags look 100% better than they did before the project.
         
        Posts: 841 | Location: Rogers City, MI | Registered: Sep 25, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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