Is it even possible to glue PE plastic?

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  1. Scott Dautel

    Scott Dautel Second Unit

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    Sounds like a stupid question huh? Problem is I've NEVER been able to glue a load-bearing broken plastic part and get even a fraction of the original strength.

    Last night the molded plastic handle of my dependable computer travel case broke. Really pisses me off that I have to throw away a $150 bag because a cheap little part cracked. My guess is it's high-density polyethylene.

    So... Is there a miracle glue out there? & how can I "git me some"?

    Scott
     
  2. Leroy

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    It would probably have to be overmolded over the cracked spot to achieve the desired strength. I do design work for a seismic tech. maufacturer and many of our connector shells are made of high density PE compounds.

    If it's a softer variety it would be easier to do, but if it's a completly rigid type than you may be out of luck. Simply using a glue will not do, as the melting point of the hardened PE is pretty high.

    I'll check thru some of our industry catalogs and see if there is anything available that you could use that would work.
     
  3. Andrew W

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    Take it to a shoe repair. They can order replacement buckles, handles and such.
     
  4. Scott Dautel

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    I am no glue expert but I have used J.B. Weld to repair many differant things including a crack on the engine block of a brigs and stratton lawnmower engine. I used to make wood patterns for steel castings and we have used it on the castings as well. Greatest epoxy ever made IMO. You can pick it up at Home Depot for a few dollars.
     
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    duct tape ..... will fix any and every thing.

    but for real try a 2 part epoxy of some type
     

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