Bonding metal to plastic can vice versa has been a task that many construction workers and homeowners have struggled to achieve for years. Traditional adhesives may provide a temporary solution to the problem, but their bonds are likely to fail and succumb to pressure over time. Most goods manufactured today require the bonding of plastic to a range of other materials, including metal. For example, washing machines and tumble driers are made from steel. However, residual parts are mostly made form plastic which is why you need a strong adhesive that can bond these two materials together without any complications.
Why is bonding plastic and metal difficult?
Many engineers need a powerful construction adhesive to bond plastic to metal and other alloys. One of the main reasons why this application is so difficult is because plastics are difficult to work with. The surface of plastic is one of the main reasons why people struggle to bond plastic to metal. Unfortunately, this worsens with exotic plastics such as GFN. Adhering this type of plastic comes with hurdles such as excess moisture levels, making adhesion extremely difficult for most traditional construction sealants and adhesives to achieve.
Metals have different idiosyncrasies, which makes finding an adhesive to bond them all is close to impossible. For example, the weak surface of galvanised zinc means that adhesives cannot fully adhere to the surface. In matters such as this, you will need a very flexible adhesive that has good impact resistance such as CT1, the ultimate structural sealant and adhesive from C-TEC.
How to Use CT1
CT1 provides a flexible and formidable bond between metal and plastic. It has certain contraction and expansion characteristics that make it suitable for this type of application because different types of plastics and metals may expand and contract at certain rates. CT1 is an adaptable adhesive, which means it can withstand vibrations and movement as required. It does all this without sacrificing the original quality of the created bond.
For exterior applications (bonding plastic and metal outdoors), you will need an adhesive that can accommodate the elements. Strong winds and heavy rain is a common feature in the UK, which means you need an adhesive that can remain strong and durable no matter what. Traditional adhesives are generally not fit to deal with these pressures. The bonds they create may seem stable at first, but it won’t be long before they give way. This means you’ll have to revisit the same project again in the near future.
CT1 is a unique hybrid formula, which sets it apart from its weaker competition. It addition to bonding plastic to metal, this construction adhesive also successfully bonds other materials. This includes metal to glass, mirror to concrete, tiles to concrete, wood to brick and many more. It is water resistant, which means it can withstand high degrees of moisture and repair leaks underwater.