• How to glue anything to anything

    Date:5 September 2017 Tags:, , ,

    There are a lot of glues out there. And sealants and epoxies and putties that bond. It can get overwhelming, not to mention ineffective. But not if you know what you’re doing. For those who do know what they’re doing and those who don’t, here’s a top-not guide that shows you how to glue anything:

    Wood -> Glass
    Use: Silicone sealant

    Wood swells and shrinks as the temperature and humidity change. Glass, not so much. This puts a lot of stress on the bond, so choose a sealant that is elastomeric (flexible) instead of rigid.

    Masonry -> Masonry
    Use: Polyurethane hardscape adhesive

    Masonry surfaces are often friable (prone to scaling). Get something that penetrates and holds on.

    Porcelain -> Porcelain
    Use: Superglue

    Be sure you have a smooth surface, and that broken pieces are perfectly mated. Most superglues have low viscosity and won’t fill gaps.

    Metal -> Wood
    Use: Contact cement

    Clean the metal first. Otherwise, any dust or oxidation will come off – along with the glue you just applied. If possible, sand or file the surface to rough it up and give the adhesive somewhere
    to grip. As with wood to glass, you’ll want a product with a
    little flexibility.

    Vinyl -> Wood
    Use: Liquid Nails
    Use: Perfect Glue

    Bonds to anything. Really.

    Wood -> Wood (dry)
    Use: Wood glue

    Wood glue is fine, mostly because of its price. But since nearly half of wood glue is water, you’re left with a lot of gaps in the bond once the glue dries. Those gaps are weaknesses. When you need a very strong bond, use a polyurethane-based adhesive.

    Wood -> Wood (wet)
    Use: Gorilla Glue

    Wood glues aren’t durable in water. So if you’re building something that will be out in the rain, get a product that’s stronger.

    PVC -> PVC
    Use: PVC primer and cement

    The primer breaks down the PVC’s smooth surface so the cement has something to grip.

    Plastic -> Plastic
    Use: PVC primer and cement

    Just like PVC, plastic benefits from a solvent to dissolve a layer and expose the cellular structure. If your plastic is clear and you don’t want to see the repairs, try Gorilla Super Glue.

    Fabric -> Cardboard
    Use: Spray adhesive

    Not the strongest adhesive, but fabric doesn’t weigh that much. Plus, the spray makes it easy to cover large areas.

    Pipe Cleaners -> Anything
    Use: Hot glue

    Bostik just isn’t going to work for some art projects, especially anything that won’t stay in place without your holding it there for three hours. Hot glue cools quickly, providing nearly immediate grab.

    Laminate -> Substrate
    Use: Contact cement

    Bonding plastic laminate to plywood or particleboard substrate is actually not that tough if you use contact cement. You can even find low-odour varieties today that are a pleasure to work with.

    Steel -> Steel
    Use: J-B Weld SteelStik

    Weld it, if you can. There’s no stronger metal connection. But for quick repairs, first degrease and remove any rust from the surface and use a metal-containing epoxy like Pratley’s Steel Bond.

    About the glue sculpture pictured:

    We commissioned this sculpture from Lynne Chan, who adhered as many materials as she could find: vinyl, wood, tile, plastic, leather, and even an old Styrofoam head. It took two days to build and dry.

    Glue anything sculpture

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