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Offline Rob-GB

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Glueing up Polyethylene?
« on: June 13, 2010, 01:52 AM »
I have never had to do this before so what I need to know is what type of glue is best for:

1) P.E. to P.E.
2) P.E. to MDF/Plywood

The material is 1/4" thick and sold under the brand name of Slick, I am hoping to make a fence for use with my EHL 65 when used in the table attachment and some stops for the parallel guides.

Any advice appreciated.

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Re: Glueing up Polyethylene?
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2010, 03:54 AM »
Rob,

It is my understanding that gluing polyethylene is tough to do.  Here are some links to get you started:

US LINK

http://www.ipscorp.com/watertite/protectivesystem/contact

You might also want to try a high quality double sided tape.

Good luck!

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Re: Glueing up Polyethylene?
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2010, 06:37 AM »
Thanks Peter, I was thinking contact adhesive at first, but I want the p.e to be bonded accurately in the same plane as the substrate, something that can not be guaranteed with the nature of contact glue.
I found an american suppliers site that alluded to it being possible to glue but neglected to say how and with what [blink]
The guys at my UK supplier had no idea, to them it is just a jig making accessory, so I'm still sort of 'unstuck'.  ;D

I wonder how permanent double sided tape is, and further, why don't they sell the adhesive used for it in a bottle? [huh]
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Re: Glueing up Polyethylene?
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2010, 06:50 AM »
Loctite do adhesives especially for PE and other 'waxy' polymers, here's one:

http://www.loctiteproducts.com/tds/A_CNTCT_HIGH_tds.pdf

I've never tried it, so I cannot vouch for it first hand, but I do have great respect for other products they do.

Good luck, let us know how you got on/what you finally used!

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Re: Glueing up Polyethylene?
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2010, 07:24 AM »
Rob,

I found another possibility that might be readily available to you:  3M Super 90 Spray Adhesive
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Re: Glueing up Polyethylene?
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2010, 02:35 PM »
In a past life I was a PE fuser for the natural gas utility.

If you had an iron that goes to 350-500 deg maybe you could fuse the PE to PE  [big grin]
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Re: Glueing up Polyethylene?
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2010, 02:13 PM »
In a past life I was a PE fuser for the natural gas utility.

If you had an iron that goes to 350-500 deg maybe you could fuse the PE to PE  [big grin]

I wonder if.....
1) Suzy's new steam iron would get that hot
2) the 13amp fuse will let it.
3) I will survive the first attempt................If you knew Suzy, like I know Suzy [eek]

Gonna try some spray glue first when I find a local supplier, whatever I end up doing I shall post for reference.
Thanks guys.
Rob.
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