Glue for styrene foam

Submitted: Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 20:34

greenant

Can any one tell me the best glue to use to stick two pieces of styrene foam (that white stuff) together without it melting to a sticky mess
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Reply By: Member - Frank - Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 20:41

Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 20:41
sellys aquadere water resistant (a little dearer but worth it)

this is a standard wood glue we use all the time in the Maintenance department
available any hardware store but may have to go to a building supply company for the better one, do not use the normal on a esky waste of time

frank
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Reply By: Member - Russell B (SA) - Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 21:01

Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 21:01
Two things to do:

Try the gluing process on small samples.
I used araldite when doing model stuff. It was ok but see point one. as all foams are different chemical composition.

Regards
Russell
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Reply By: Groove - Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 21:10

Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 21:10
I use 2 part epoxy AKA araldyte regularly on polystyrene. It will adhere stronger than the original foam.

Cheers
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Reply By: Member - iMusty(VIC) - Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 22:47

Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 22:47
Hot glue gun ??
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Reply By: pixiemops - Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 23:01

Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 23:01
sellys all fix from bunnings......recently stuck some foam to me fridge..........it is stated on the side of the tube that it is good for polystyrene and well it has stuck it onto my fridge superbly
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Reply By: Member - Royce- Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 23:17

Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 23:17
polyvynalacetate
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Reply By: Pattio - Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 23:23

Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 23:23
I recently had good success with water clean up liquid nails.I t works well as it is thick enough to fill uneven surfaces. As others have said TEST FIRST as it may react if diferent plastic.
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Reply By: fisho64 - Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 03:39

Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 03:39
any PVA glue
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Reply By: Member - Chrispy (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 07:23

Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 07:23
Any epoxy-based resin or glue will do the job.

It's the polyester resins that melt the stuff.
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Reply By: Member - rengatt (VIC) - Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 09:10

Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 09:10
There is a special contact adhesive that can be used for polystyrene, this contact adhesive does not use toluene as its solvent and does not damage the styrene in any way.

It used to be sold by a company in Huntingdale (Vic) called Nightingale Chemicals. It was made for them by a chemical mob Beta Chemicals in Heidleberg Vic.

I am not sure if these companies are still around or they have been taken over by International Resins in Tullamarine (Vic)

cheers,
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