28 Nov '16, 6pm

Glues You Can Use: Adhesives for the Home Shop

Solvent cement! I often use the ABS and PVC cements, (available in the plumbing sections of hardware and big-box reno stores), for plastic repair. You need to test the solvent in an inconspicuous spot on what you are repairing to be sure that it DOES cause damage to the surface. I put on a drop, leave it for a minute, then scrape it off and look for a little pit in the surface. That means that the glue will dissolve the plastic you’re gluing, allowing separate pieces to meld. The solvent evaporates after gluing, leaving a strong bond that is partly original plastic and partly fillers in the glue, all melted together. Because it melts the plastic you have to be careful applying it, and masking is often a good idea. Also, wipe off any squeeze-out immediately, (unless you don’t care how it looks), clamp it if you can, and allow at least several hours for full bond strength to...

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2016/11/28/glues-you-can-use-adhesive...

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