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    Default glueing plastic

    I want to glue 2 pieces of plastic together.

    What you guys suggest to do the above job?

    Someone told me to use Acetone (nail polish remover?), but no, it doesn't work.

    Another person suggested to use chloroform. Where can I get some?

    Any other suggestions?

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    Default Re: glueing plastic

    depends on the plastic. super glue is usually the first thing to try.
    Tweak it till it breaks

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    Default Re: glueing plastic

    Or uhu or hot glue gun.

    Super glue is the easiest but can be a little brittle. Uhu takes a while to set. Hot glue gun can be a little more flexible

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    Default Re: glueing plastic

    Acetone may have slightly melted SOME plastic together, really bad advice on that one. Its a solvent, not a glue
    As above , it depends on the plastic. There are many different types
    And what sort of bond you need, and what load the will be, and how much surface area we are talking about gluing

    Some plastics are very hard to glue
    Some glues actually melt the plastic slightly. So be carefull .
    Some glues are very tacky and stick to anything but dont dry hard and may need a large area to be effective
    Some glues will make the area glued unsuitable for other glues (if the first glue was a fail) , so thats another pitfall.

    So what exactly are you gluing, how big an area is being glued, does it need to be a strong rigid bond.
    Or is it just a trinket being repaired (Use CA)

    You'll need to remove any trace of and failed glues, if the area has gone soft from solvents or solvents in glues, scrape away to get to the hard plastic underneath

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    Default Re: glueing plastic

    There are several types of plastic. You need the correct glue for the type you are repairing. Some plastic can be welded using a soldering iron but others cannot. 1101's advice is good. To cut to the chase you are better off to replace it than attempt repair if you are at all concerned with the items appearance when the job is done.

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    Default Re: glueing plastic

    This is what I want to glue.
    My shower head holder is broken - I need to glue the broken little ring like plastic to the main unit .

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    I couldn't find a replacement unit from either Bunnings or Mitre10

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    My opinion.
    Whatever repair you do will only be temporary in a hot steamy environment.
    You may need to try plumbers suppliers for a replacement part.

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    Default Re: glueing plastic

    Somewhat related . . .I need to re-attach a plastic badger to my car.

    'badger' hahaha...try badge.

    Can anyone recommend what adhesive I need to attach plastic to car paint? I was going to ask at SuperCheap but I have issues taking car advice from someone who still has spots.

    edit: If anyone's clever it's the SIDI badge on the tail of a Commodore.
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    Default Re: glueing plastic

    Liquid nails rapid will do it

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    Default Re: glueing plastic

    Quote Originally Posted by gary67 View Post
    Liquid nails rapid will do it
    Thanks - noted and bought. If it's still attached to the car in the morning I'll be well pleased.

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