Grab adhesive?

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Post Sun Jul 03, 2011 7:51 pm

Grab adhesive?

Along with it appears many others, I'm struggling to find suitable adhesives available in the UK with which to splice bottles. The best I seem to have come across in B&Q are Grab Adhesives, are these in any way similar to Construction Adhesives such as PL Premium?

Has anyone tried Evo-Stik Wet Grab? I have half a tube left over from a kitchen sink repair. It seems to stick to anything and remains quite rubbery so naïvely appears promising. I've made a quick test joint on a loop of scrap bottle, but have yet to shrink a bottle to try it with a proper splice. In the same section at B&Q was Evo-Grip which I might also try.

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Post Mon Jul 04, 2011 2:41 pm

Re: Grab adhesive?

Hi there mat i am from the uk and i use sikaflex EBT, sika flex 11 fc, you can get sikaflex EBT from Screwfix costs around £7 only use sikaflex for sealing the bottles together to make them strong enough to use for launching you will need to buy Gorilla Glue a PU adhesive. once the bottles have cured over night cut a 5cm strip of bottle material use the gorilla glue to stick this to the spliced ove r the join of the splice make sure all the joins when gluing both sikaflex and gorilla glue have been sanded use 1oo grit paper it works well for my splices.
heres a tutorial from the master George Katz from air command rockets.
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Post Mon Jul 04, 2011 7:00 pm

Re: Grab adhesive?

Cheers Dan.

Yeah, I was trying to follow George Katz's Asymmetric Splice #5; in fact I've had a play tonight prior to reading your post.

I've done the first stage of a couple of bottles, one with Wet Grab, the other with some Unibond No More Nail Super Strength. I had both lying around already open so thought it worth a try. I didn't really expect to get my first shrinkage and curling quite right so doubt it was too much wasted effort. I pick up some Sikaflex EBT from Screwfix for the next one. Is there much difference between EBT and 11FC?

The test Wet Grab piece I did last night separated easily from the PET bottle so I'm not hopeful with that and I expect the No More Nails won't flex enough. It sounds like I should finish these off with Gorilla Glue for the outer strip rather than more of the same. Gorilla Glue from Screwfix too? Is there only one type as prices on gorillaglueonline.co.uk seem all out of kilter for different quantities? How much Gorilla Glue will I get through?

I also had a go at making some of your bottle top couplings. They need drilling yet, and I imagine reinforcement of some kind.

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Post Tue Jul 05, 2011 2:36 am

Re: Grab adhesive?

hey Mat i have not noticed any difference between Sikaflex EBT and 11FC my bottles have held fine up to 120 psi be careful with the bottle couplers as the last batch i made dont screw onto the bottles quite right we learnt the hard way with an explosion!!!!! dont melt them to much and test them before you go to use them in a flight .

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Post Fri Jul 15, 2011 1:04 pm

Re: Grab adhesive?

Hi again Dan. Sikaflex EBT seems to work well, so I'm about to try to put the sleeves on with Gorilla Glue. Do you use it neat or mix it 2:3 with Polyfilla akin to Air Command's VISE glue tests? Glue on one side, damp on the other?

I've just tried a small test piece before I ruin a nicely spliced bottle but it seems a bit thick with Polfilla. Will see how it comes out. Guess which idiot threw most of his scrap plastic out in the recycling this morning. DOH:

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Post Tue Jul 19, 2011 3:23 pm

Re: Grab adhesive?

Dont worry mat ive thrown many bottles away after rubbish results with glues and splices, with gorrilla glue i do mix polyfilla with it 2:3 ratio mix it in a yoghurt pot then let it sit for 10 to 15 mins as it hardens slightly and does not foam up so much it still has 100% sticking power apply glue to sleeve and splice then leave for 5 days hope this helps post up some finished pics.
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Post Sat Jul 23, 2011 8:06 am

Re: Grab adhesive?

I did a glue test a week or so ago, and took photos (which I don't seem to be able to embed "You cannot use certain BBCodes: [img]"?)

Conglomerate photo here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/matburnham/5966817998/in/photostream/lightbox/

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Post Sat Jul 23, 2011 8:34 am

Re: Grab adhesive?

And here and some of my bottles for critique :)

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Post Sat Jul 23, 2011 9:20 am

Re: Grab adhesive?

Oh, and I never actually replied to your post. A yoghurt (or at least plastic) pot works a lot better than the aluminium pie containers I was using so that was a nice tip. Weirdly, it seems to spread easier after leaving it a few minutes to harden first. I also now realise I've only been applying the glue to one side only - it was fiddly enough as it was. Seems to be okay as it still foams out top and bottom so must have good coverage.

Oh, and my last should read "The latter [No nails] leaks under pressure". Duh.

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Post Sun Jul 24, 2011 4:29 am

Re: Grab adhesive?

very nice matt the splices are looking great keep up the good work
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Re: Grab adhesive?

Mat wrote:I did a glue test a week or so ago, and took photos (which I don't seem to be able to embed "You cannot use certain BBCodes: [img]"?)

Conglomerate photo here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/matburnham/5966817998/in/photostream/lightbox/


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Post Sat Jul 30, 2011 9:47 pm

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Mat wrote:I did a glue test a week or so ago, and took photos (which I don't seem to be able to embed "You cannot use certain BBCodes: [img]"?)

Conglomerate photo here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/matburnham/5966817998/in/photostream/lightbox/


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Post Wed Dec 07, 2011 6:47 pm

Re: Grab adhesive?

Hi,
I'm in the UK and I've never come across Sikkaflex or the other one (11?? ). The only adhesives mentioned were stuff I'd never heard of ( proprietry US brands, I guess ).
On a whim I tried a urethane type adhesive sold as wood-glue in 300 mL. tubes. From Screwfix, IIRC. It's hideous stuff: gets on everything and impossible to get off your hands. But it sticks to PET!

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Post Thu Dec 08, 2011 4:46 pm

Re: Grab adhesive?

poriet wrote:Hi,
I'm in the UK and I've never come across Sikkaflex or the other one (11?? ). The only adhesives mentioned were stuff I'd never heard of ( proprietry US brands, I guess ).
On a whim I tried a urethane type adhesive sold as wood-glue in 300 mL. tubes. From Screwfix, IIRC. It's hideous stuff: gets on everything and impossible to get off your hands. But it sticks to PET!

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PL Premium is the same way. If you get it on anything you have ruined it! If you get it on your hands you will have it there until the skin comes off!
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Re: Grab adhesive?

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poriet wrote:Hi,
I'm in the UK and I've never come across Sikkaflex or the other one (11?? ). The only adhesives mentioned were stuff I'd never heard of ( proprietry US brands, I guess ).
On a whim I tried a urethane type adhesive sold as wood-glue in 300 mL. tubes. From Screwfix, IIRC. It's hideous stuff: gets on everything and impossible to get off your hands. But it sticks to PET!

Bruce


PL Premium is the same way. If you get it on anything you have ruined it! If you get it on your hands you will have it there until the skin comes off!


If you get some mineral spirits and a rag you can take PL off anything as long as you get it quickly. Just have it ready before you start your project and you will be fine.
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