I'm looking for a glue to bond together clear acrylic sheet. Needs to dry
clear, withstand submersion in (cold) water, and (hopefully) be something
that I can get at a local store (rather than having to order online, as I
was hoping to pick up + use this weekend).
I do have a can of PVC pipe solvent cement on the shelf, but I don't
think it meets the "needs to dry clear" part.
Any recommendations? (worst-case I could try Gorilla super-glue; the
Gorilla folk claim it to be sort-of water resistant. I need it for
something that'll last a couple of hours, under little mechanical stress,
and which can then happily fall to pieces :-)
Go to any supply house and buy their proprietary cement. While many
organic solvents will have some effect on acrylics, only methylene
chloride based cements have the characteristics you need for
successful bonding. This is what advertising sign makers use for those
big acrylic letters mounted on buildings. You will find it with a
Methylene chloride is what we use at work for use with acrylic and PETG.
It's sold at most plastics-supply places. We use glass syringes, because it
eats plastic ones.
Methylene chloride is incredibly volatile; don't count on being able to
keep it around for long. It will evaporate in a few weeks even while in a
Probably too late now, but methylene chloride is your solution.
Plastics places have this watery liquid, and hopefully some are open on
Saturday in your area. These places typically supply the trade, so when the
trade is closed, so are they.
Smitty Two is correct on this.
I have a couple tubes of Weld-On # 16 in my desk.
There are lighter bodied glues, assembly project & flow in glue.
The bonds are very clear but not nearly as strong. :(
I used to work in a model shop that specialized in architectural
acrylic models, and we used plain old acetone on razor knife-scraped
edges, applied by syringe, and the joined surface was totally clear.
On Sat, 15 Jan 2011 01:03:36 -0800, DD_BobK wrote:
Thanks, you two - noted and kept as a backup plan :-) I found something
at Walrus-Mart called E-6000 which claims to be waterproof and didn't
state that it shouldn't be used with acrylic, and that's looking
promising so far (it dries clear and doesn't dissolve the acrylic - so
far it's passing a "being submerged in a pot of water" test, too)
This is for a small water-wheel hooked to a gearbox and generator for a
science demo; I designed the wheel so that the vanes slot into the wheel
sides, so it'll have a lot of inherent mechanical strength without
relying on bonds formed by the glue. First time I've ever built anything
from acrylic sheet before...
It was a project to make a modular radio for a classroom.
Every resistor/cap/coil was put inside plastic, with plugin
Two banana plugs in the bottom plastic layer, the component in-
side the middle layer, and a top layer to close/protect.
Plug in all the components, and you had a working radio.
You have to breath a lot of chloroform to go under.
It has a sweetish clingy odour.
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