Re: Adhesive for PE
From: Malcolm Watts[SMTP:MALCOLM-at-directorate.wnp.ac.nz]
Sent: Tuesday, September 16, 1997 5:21 PM
Subject: Re: Adhesive for PE
> From: Geoff Schecht[SMTP:geoffs-at-onr-dot-com]
> Sent: Monday, September 15, 1997 8:51 PM
> To: Tesla List
> Subject: Re: Adhesive for PE
> > From: Sulaiman Abdullah[SMTP:sulabd-at-hotmail-dot-com]
> > Sent: Monday, September 15, 1997 12:20 AM
> > To: tesla-at-pupman-dot-com
> > Subject: Adhesive for PE
> > Hi,
> > Can anyone tell me what adhesive to use to glue together 3mm thick
> > pieces & sheets of PE 500 ? (HMW Polyethylene, natural color)
> > Thanks in anticipation ... Sulaiman
> Hi Sulaiman:
> There have been several threads going on about glues for plastics lately so
> I guess that I might as well jump on in and give my tuppence-worth from a
> practical experience standpoint.
> There's nothing that I've ever heard of that can glue polyethylene. To glue
> something, you either need to have a solvent action or a bonding action
> (ionic, I think but I'm an EE...not a chemist :) ). Solvent welding is what
> you do to join plastics like styrene, methacrylate or PVC. Typical solvents
> for thermoplastics like these are methyl ethyl ketone, acetone will also
> work and I recall reading Malcolm's post about tetrahydrofuran working on
> methacrylates like plexiglas.
That solvent was for PVC. I've never tried it on anything else.
I only knew because it was written on a can of the commercial stuff
(which is basically some PVC dissolved in that solvent).