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What are some top-rated glues for bonding polyethylene?

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Polyethylene is the most common kind of plastic, and some top-rated glues that bond it include JB Weld PlasticWeld, all-purpose Amazing Goop and Loctite super glue, according to Craftech Industries. All-purpose hot melt glue sticks may work well in some instances.

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JB Weld PlasticWeld can bond polyethylene to most other plastics and it spreads out easily in order to create a bond without gaps. This is an epoxy that has two parts that are mixed to form the adhesive, however, which may make a mess.

All-purpose Amazing Goop also works to bond polyethylene, though this takes awhile to set in some cases. It can even bond plastic to stainless steel. This formula is thick, however, which means that it is difficult to apply to small or delicate objects.

Loctite super glue also can bond polyethylene, and it is easy to apply as it comes with a small dropper tip. Those who choose super glue should remember that the substance can cloud and discolor clear plastic, and the fumes may discolor dark plastic.

An all-purpose hot melt glue gun may also work to bond polyethylene in some instances and with some products. However, after a waiting period, it is possible to break the bond in some cases. Using a glue gun is messy, and there is a risk of burns.

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