Glue - alternative to needle and thread

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Glue - alternative to needle and thread

Post by jaminb » Fri Nov 20, 2020 1:27 pm

I hate and can't sew. Glue technology has moved on so much over the last 15 years that the adhesive is often stronger than the material it is sticking, however I have yet to find a glue that reliably sticks fabric and waterproof materials. I need to stick some patches on a canvas boat cover and my pop top; velcro on some pogies, handlebars and gaiters; and repair some waterproof trousers.

Any suggestions?

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Re: Glue - alternative to needle and thread

Post by woodsmith » Fri Nov 20, 2020 1:59 pm

Shoe Goo is a pretty good for canvas etc

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Re: Glue - alternative to needle and thread

Post by Bearbonesnorm » Fri Nov 20, 2020 1:59 pm

Silicone sealer will readily stick most materials but the strength of the bond will depend on the materials.
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Re: Glue - alternative to needle and thread

Post by belugabob » Sun Nov 22, 2020 10:55 am

Depends on the loads involved and the direction that they are applied.
If I remember correctly, the skin on some aircraft wings is glued on, but is still riveted, to prevent peeling.

In some applications, I can see stitching playing the same role as the rivets.

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Re: Glue - alternative to needle and thread

Post by ledburner » Thu Nov 26, 2020 12:14 pm

Make sure you toughen the surface slightly & de-grease it with meths/ alcohol wipe on it etc. This ensures the best bond. I use Henkel Extreme adhesive {yellow & black tube) . Vinyl adhesive may work best in TPU material.
*Mcnett tenious repair do patch tape, Which seem to get positive reviews but I have not used. I presume you have used Duct/gaffer tape.
-Has anyone had any experience?

*Cut rounded corners on patches, they are less likely to peel. * ... e-15893071.
It might be worth a punt..

* Always test on a sample or corner where it doesn't matter.

** the best adhesive is the one wher you can't get the top off next time.

*** Regardless how you prepare it, glue (like paint), will always bond best where it is not wanted, such accidently dripped onto the most obvious & expensive item, inaccordance with sod law.
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