A piece came off of the hard plastic carpet attachment for our vacuum
cleaner. Since I cannot find the replacement part near where I live, I want
to try gluing the piece back on. Which glue do you recommend for the job?
There are exactly 451,547,627 kinds of plastics. Each requires a
special glue and 37.85% of them can't be glued at all.
That said, I suggest trying the Super Glue type stuff. It seems to work
well with many plastics. Make sure you get the high strength stuff, not the
stuff now sold in the drug store as it has been intentionally weakened.
Some hobby shops should have the real stuff.
BTW someone may come along with another suggestion based on experience
with that type of part/plastic. If they do, you may want to consider their
go for the two part epoxy(not the super glue stuff) the two part stuff
comes in two small tubes.. you squeeze out a bead of it on a Paper plate
if you have them, then a bead next to it of the hardner.. i use Q-tips
to drag one bead to the other and then mix them together..... do this
quick and then apply to broken plastic piece and put some extra around
the outside of the crack... then get someone to put some scotch tape on
the part thats broken off to hold it in place and lay it down gently and
leave it there until the next day... it should be stronger than it was
before the break.... the one tube of super glue stuff will probably work
faster and hold it for a while but will fall apart in no time.....
hope this helps...
the other guys here are all kinda right. first, if it is made of
PVC/vinyl, acrylic, phenolic, or polycarbonate plastic, superglue
(cyanoacryate) will work really well. if if is polypropylene it wont
work at all. model cement is ok but has no torsional strength. JB
weld is ok but takes too long to set. best bet is to set in position
with superglue (unless as above) and use a 2 part quickset epoxy for
support. the epoxy i use is a gel, has 5 minute work time (sets quick
after that), fully sets in one hour, and has 2500psi strength, about
$2.00 at local hardware - just not good for high temp stuff. goes on
If you can't find the replacement part locally, you should be able to
find the manufacturer on the Internet and order it directly from them.
The glue is probably going to cost you $5.00 or so and may not work
satisfactorily. I would rather spend $20.00 on a new replacement
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