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Adhesive for Bonding Aluminum 6063-T6 to ABS

Adhesive for Bonding Aluminum 6063-T6 to ABS

Adhesive for Bonding Aluminum 6063-T6 to ABS

I need to bond ABS plastic to an extruded aluminum pole (6063-T6). The plastic parts are either a plug or a collar, both with .007-.015 clearance per side.

I'm having trouble finding something that gives a good bond to the ABS, nothing really chemically bonds to it that I've tried. The second part to this is that eventually the adhesive will need to be sourced/bought in China. I think that leaves 3M, etc., out but if I know what works in the US I will know what I need to look for in China.

Looking for suggestions. Thanks.

RE: Adhesive for Bonding Aluminum 6063-T6 to ABS

West systems G flex epoxy.

One of the 3m epoxies will work, and I'd think an acrylic based adhesive should too.  

RE: Adhesive for Bonding Aluminum 6063-T6 to ABS

Currently trying 3M. I'm finding that surface prep of the ABS may be critical for anything to work (may have been the issue all along). I have some parts curing at the moment that I flame treated prior.

Not even JB weld chemically bonded to the ABS (not prepped).  

RE: Adhesive for Bonding Aluminum 6063-T6 to ABS

Well, you have to at least try to get the mold release off the ABS.

Mike Halloran
Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

RE: Adhesive for Bonding Aluminum 6063-T6 to ABS

There are many adhesives that can perfectly bond ABS plastic. You can use the "plastic welder", "airplane glue", and just a while ago, I've learned that you can also melt an ABS plastic and use it as an adhesive to other ABS plastic.

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