Gluing Thin Leather to Tarp


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Old 02-18-24, 09:16 PM
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Gluing Thin Leather to Tarp

I'm not exactly sure under which forum I should post this question. I purchased an 8 x 10 piece of thin leather (soft, pliable). I need to glue 3 x 3 squares to a tarp. What kind of glue will work well for this? Perhaps I'm over thinking this? The tarp will cover a workbench. I'm gluing the square leather pieces under the tarp where the tarp will be stressed most (at the corner points of the bench). Hoping the leather will keep the tarp from wearing through the corner anytime soon.
 
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Old 02-19-24, 01:32 AM
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I'd probably use contact cement. You apply it to each surface, let it get tacky, then you have one shot to put the 2 surfaces together. I'd probably use some wide masking tape to mask off the tarp so that you have a nice clean border for the glue on the tarp.
 
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Old 02-19-24, 03:59 PM
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Iv'e done something similar. I use spray contact adhesive, I think 3M Super 77. Since it's a spray you may want to mask off around where you don't want adhesive on the tarp or it might not hurt. If you stick the pieces together soon you get some repositioning time but then you need to let it dry for several hours +. Or you can let both surfaces dry for a minute or two before joining them and it's an almost instant bond that is quite strong immediately. You can also use it to glue the entire tarp down to reduce stress and pulling on the corners.
 
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Old 02-20-24, 04:50 AM
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I use the 3M products a lot for sticking stuff together and it always works well.
 
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Have you considered eyelets/grommets?
 
 

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