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Krisgar
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Title pretty much suggests the question, what glue do you recommend for a strong bond between plastic and wood? I'm looking at Epoxy at the moment, any suggestions?

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natswift
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I've had some luck w/ Gorilla glue
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What exactly are you attaching to what? If it's thick enough, I'd drill holes in the plastic and screw or bolt it to the wood.

There's still options (T-nuts, etc) if you need it to be flush.
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ClintonMagus
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Gorilla Glue, or Liquid Nails is what I would use.
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Krisgar
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I'm joining a 'L' shape strip of plastic to 6mm ply to form a guide for a sliding door, seems gorilla glue maybe my best bet?
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Ca is amazing, or any 5 minute epoxy, Gorilla is strong but watch out for expansion
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Ca is amazing, or any 5 minute epoxy, Gorilla is strong but watch out for expansion
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How think is the plastic 'L' material. I screwed a 1/16" thick 'L' piece of 1/2" aluminum to the inside of my table for a drawer slide. Using a screw recess tool on my drill, I set the 1/4" flat head wood screws into the aluminum strip, it comes out flush not interfering with the drawer slide in any way.
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Take wmhegbli's advice if you can. The slide will see a lot of action, and screws will be more durable than glue. (You can use both if you really want.)
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tabman
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If the part has any stress on it, go with the screw method as described above.
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Thank you everyone for your suggestions, when I'm next in the workshop I'll let you know what I decide Smile
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You are in the U.K. .... Araldite is way stronger then the epoxy materials available in the U.S.A. I have a Brit friend bring me some every time he comes over.
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On 2010-11-05 21:09, Pete Biro wrote:
You are in the U.K. .... Araldite is way stronger then the epoxy materials available in the U.S.A. I have a Brit friend bring me some every time he comes over.


From the Wikipedia:

In 1983, British advertising agency FCO Univas set up a visual stunt presentation of the strength of Araldite by gluing a yellow Ford Cortina to a billboard on Cromwell Road, London, with the tagline "It also sticks handles to teapots". Later, to demonstrate more of its strength, a red identical Ford Cortina was placed on top of the yellow Cortina, with the tagline "The tension mounts". Finally, the car was removed from the billboard, leaving a hole on the billboard and a tagline "How did we pull it off?".

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E-6000 works great too!
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Eldon
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"Leach F-26" does a good job on wood to plastic.
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The nice thing about E6000 over everything else is that when the temperature changes, the bond between dissimilar materials will not cause a quick release. It's flexible enough to go with a potential temperature change. Temperature change will ultimately undo most hard, brittle adhesives. I don't think of epoxy as an adhesive as much as a filler or something to fill up areas that need a hard filler. And when Gorilla Glue lets go, it's all or nothing.

Make sure that you're considering the fact that you might be bonding paint to paint. Surface prep is half the battle, or you're back to bonding to a thin layer of paint that might come off way before the adhesive would have.

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If you decide on epoxy glue, use the slow setting as it DOES make a much stronger bond than the 5 min. glue. Slower setting also means you have more time to 'adjust' to the correct final placement.
I use serveral various glues in my work... slow setting epoxy is great. Do not apply too thick... less is more in this case.
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I like Liquid Nails Clear for small projects (it stick to anything and remains flexable). Gorilla Gule want give with flexable materalsand it foams (exspans).
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