The fundamentals of applying structural adhesive for glass will usually be the same no matter what the opposing substrate will be. There are a few exceptions, just like anything, but when there are certain instructions, the adhesive manufacturer will generally state that in their directions for use.
First begin by positioning the 2 substrates or pieces exactly the way you intend to bond them. This will provide you with a visual presentation of the finished product prior to applying the glass glue as well as offering a visual of where the glass adhesive needs to be applied for the most effective and attractive results. In some situations this may not be feasible, for instance if you’re working with massive pieces, or adhering glass in locations which are not very easily reached. Even so, anytime it’s feasible, pre-fit your pieces.
The surfaces of each substrates ought to be clean and free from anything that will impede the bond. Apply the glass epoxy to each substrates and join them. Based on the project or the specific application, you may or may not need to bind the 2 sections together with clamps. Permit the bond to cure for several hours before disturbing it or transferring it.
Industrial glass adhesive is utilised in such a wide selection of applications that its removal can vary from occasion to occasion. For purposes here, and because it’s essentially the most frequent form of application, we are going to discuss removal of glass to glass adhesive.
Always remember when you are working with glass, it will crack if not handled with care.
Start by removing as much of the epoxy as possible without the use of chemical substances. Assuming you’ll be re-applying and adhesive, utilizing a great deal of chemical substances could weaken the 2nd bond you produce. Employing scrapers to loosen the epoxy is the best strategy to achieve removal. Loosen the casing and seals around the glass and carefully remove them. More than likely any seal you take away, you will need to replace rather than reuse, but it’s worth a go to try and save it.
As soon as you have eliminated the seals and casings, it’s a matter of elbow grease. The adhesive will most likely be hard and dry, which makes its elimination pretty simple. Employing your scraper, apply pressure to the glass and chisel the hard glass adhesive away.
The adhesive suppliers have created solvents that are really effective for removing glues and sealants but often times rubbing alcohol is effective. It’s also safe on most substrates. Do not apply the solvent to the surface area itself, liberally apply it to a dry cloth and lay the soaked fabric across the remaining adhesive. Solvent evaporates quickly so the fabric slows this evaporation and permits the liquid to work longer on the adhesive.
For a specifically tough job you may need to repeat the process of scraping then applying solvent a number of times.
It’s generally not too tough to remove industrial glass adhesive from glass, other substrates pose a more challenging situation, but again your adhesive manufacturer will probably be able to provide you with much more information on the various processes of removing adhesive from different substrates.
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