Apply the Adhesive With a Scrap
Clean all surfaces with compressed air before gluing up the top surface. Cover the perimeter with a brush and then grab a scrap piece of laminate to spread on the rest. Apply the glue on the underlayment the same way. It gets messy trying to glue the backsplash after the top is installed, so cover the backsplash with glue at the same time. And this stuff is a potent chemical, so always use an organic vapor respirator, open a window and turn on the exhaust fan.
Use Spacers to Install the Top
Laminate adhesive is sometimes referred to as “ cement” because it sets as soon as the two coated surfaces come into . That’s not necessarily a good thing when you’re trying to maneuver a large, floppy sheet into place. Cut strips of leftover laminate and use them as spacers. Because the adhesive won’t stick to the strips, you’ll be able to slide the sheet around. Start pulling out the spacers once the top sheet is in position. Make sure the spacers are clean so they don’t leave debris behind.