Question Greetings: I purchased 18" x 18" vinyl peel-and-stick tile and installed that over a DRIcore sub-floor. Most of the tiles stuck O.K., but about 10% did not. The edges curled up and won't stay down. The instructions say do not use another adhesive, but I am tempted to do exactly that. Do I have any other options? Thanks.
Answer Sorry I am tardy with my reply Larry...was down and out in a hospital for a few days...
Typically in this scenario there is something that has interfered with the power of the adhesive. More than likely something that was pulled from the sub-strate either visible or other unknown that didn't allow the adhesive to properly cure into the contact cement it needed to be. I would simply use some Mineral Spirits and thoroughly clean off the ineffective adhesive and allow to dry and then spread new adhesive again which I am betting will have a better outcome the second time around. I know with a "peal and stick" the adhesive that is bonded to the back of the tiles can also lose it's power for exactly the same reason. The adhesive is the same for both applications so a small can of vinyl contact adhesive will do fine or employ a new tile that has complete active contact cement coverage till you can get them to all settle down onto the sub-floor. Ok Larry I hope this helps you with your problem. Feel free to return anytime...
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Thank you very much, Perry. I hope you are recovering from whatever problem you had. Larry
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