Best way to glue glass to perspex?

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  1. Rory

    Rory Admin MASA Contributor

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    What sort of "glue" should I use for gluing perspex to glass? I tried silicone and it didn't work that well.

    Also what's the stuff called for perspex to perspex?
     
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  3. gaboon

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    Tried Epoxy?
     
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    perspex to perspex, ether is 1 you can use. Just don't sniff it.
     
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    Rory.You remember my old 6ft tank? I used Bostik Marine Silicone and it held the perspex well to the glass.
     
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    Rory Thread Starter Admin MASA Contributor

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    I'm wanting to make "hooks" to hang stuff on so it needs to be "vas" not just held in place. I figured epoxy, will probably try that and see how it goes...
     
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    I use chloroform, but the edges have to be perfectly straight. Rough them with sandpaper and it will bond really well.
     
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    ya the guys at the fabrication place i went to today were using chloroform
     
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    not alot of things that will bond to perspex, but like Gaboon said, Epoxy would probably be the best, but roughen it up a bit to help stick.
     
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    Hi Darryl.
    My son is making a perspex box for his school project and I am wanting him to glue the sides. I see you say chloroform and to sand paper the edges but can you tell me a bit more as I am a single mother and he is 16. I really want to show him the prper way to do it??
     
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    I'm busy bonding Acrylic together with epoxy and it works just fine. I would rather stay with the easier stuff.
     
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    I know of an excellent waterproof product that becomes plastic but it is in black, maybe not suitable for the top of the tank.
     
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    Whats it called and where can i get it?
     
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    ..::: a.b.e. Construction Chemicals Limited : Product List :::..
    Most pennypincers and builders suppliers stock their ranges. Avoid acrylic or "laycryl", you want bituminous.

    I love abe products, Check it out they have a salt water resistant "bitujoint putty" http://www.abe.co.za/pdfs/bitujointputty.pdf

    However with such a wide range of specialized solutions It may pay to give them a call They will likely suggest something better. Some of their things are specific for water and fish safe, But as long as its not going into the tank itself I am pretty sure even the things listed as "toxic" cure completely waterproof.

    The product I use to fix rusted holes in roof sheeting is called "Bituseal plastic, trowel-able bituminous plastic" Its like a thick toffee that takes months to set into rock hard plastic, but is waterproof from day one. No amount of sun or weather does diddly to this stuff.
     
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    I saw this stuff at Builders and Pennypinchers. Problem is why would it take months to set into hard plastic?
     
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    That is just the trowel-able plastic one I like, the other things set normally. Also you can see they got a range of epoxies. All of it is waterproof and tough some are for ponds specifically.
     
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    Hi Didsy, and WELCOME to MASA. Please start a new thread in the New Members forum and tell us a bit more about yourself, and your involvement in this hobby.

    I have done a lot of work with acrylic sheeting (Perspex), and prefer to use a product called Tensol 12. This is a thicker type of acrylic weld (glue), and can fill small imperfections in the joints. Dichloromethane can be used as a "wicking" type glue - this "wicks" between two pieces of acrylic, and bonds the sheets within seconds (as does chloroform). Either type of glue can he bought from Maisey's Plastics - just look them up in the phone book.

    Hennie
     
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    Rory,

    Look into using Tensol 7 for this. It is a two-part "liquid acrylic" which sets in about one hour after mixing the two parts. I will "weld" onto your Perspex, and still bind well with the glass - just a bit tricky to use, with the mixing...

    Hennie
     
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    Hennie you got an acrylic tank?
     
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    No, but I DIY'd a calcium reactor and various other "projects" for my tank, using Perspex.

    Hennie
     
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