The main problem with gluing two surfaces with different properties is that the glue needs to be compatible with both surfaces. In this case, the glue needs to align with the properties of both metal and plastic. It also needs to form a strong binding medium between the two materials without damaging either. This is easier said than done, but not impossible.
Here is how to glue plastic to wood successfully.
There are several such products and we have selected a few which are arguably among the best in the market. Below are three items we picked as the best among the whole lot of plastic metal glues.
Loctite 401 Instant Adhesive
Loctite 401 is by far the best plastic to metal glue you could lay your hands on. It comes in a small and handy bottle with a capacity of 25 milliliters. The applicator is shaped like a nozzle to enhance the accuracy of glue application. The adhesive effect has no lime lapse – this implies that you do not need to wait for a certain period of time after applying the glue. It dries instantaneously. The makers have kept in mind the fact that the glue needs to help with bonding surfaces that are slightly contaminated or difficult to club together. Hence, the glue is specially designed to join difficult substrates. There is also another added benefit of glue application – it protects both the surfaces from corrosion.
Loctite 401 is widely available. It costs about $10 for 25ml, though it’s available in much larger sizes if you need it.
- Quick action
- Affordable Price
- Prevents corrosion
- Great for substrates that are difficult to glue together
- Lower Quantity
- Difficulty in removal if spills onto skin
- Needs careful handling
Plastic To Wood Glue Alternatives
While the Loctite 401 is a great pick, it’s not the only choice.
Ekon E8000 Adhesive
The Ekon E8000 is a super glue that works great with almost all surfaces. It can serve as an excellent adhesive for all kinds of tricky surfaces. The composition of the material is such that it waterproofs anything that it is applied on — this makes it a two-in-one combo. It can perform both activities of adhesion and repulsion to water. It can be used with flat surfaces, uneven surfaces, vertical surfaces and overhead surfaces. It is incredibly strong and penetrates the finest of micro fractures — the snout like tip of the tube only enhances its effectivity. The net volume of the product is 50 milliliters.
Pacificdeals T7000 Adhesive
The T7000 glue tube from Pacificdeals is unique – the most interesting thing about it is the color of the glue. Unlike other adhesives, which are white, the Pacificdeals T7000 Multipurpose Semi fluid glue is black in color. It not only works for plastic and metal but also for a variety of other surfaces. The multifarious aspect of the glue is not its only highlight. The sealant is waterproof too. And if this still doesn’t seem enough for you, there’s more. The glue promises industrial grade super strength — that is a guarantee.
How To Use Loctite 401 With Plastic And Wood
- Take the two surfaces that need to be glued. Place them adjacent to each other. That way you can press them together as soon as you apply the glue (it will dry in just 3-10 seconds!). This will prevent the glue from drying before the pressing operation.
- Make sure both surfaces are clean and free of dust, loose paint, or anything else on the surface. Degrease and completely clean the surface.
- Apply the glue to one surface. Don’t try both surface as the Loctite will dry too quickly.
- Press the surfaces together without delay. Be careful not to get any one your skin. Push firmly together.
- Place the item in a warm dry place to cure.
Pasting plastic with metal is indeed a troublesome affair. But all problems have solutions – this one has not one but many. Each glue mentioned above comes with its own set of advantages and all of them are good enough to be used for this particular job. You can choose whatever suits you best. The stamp of quality is common to each.