Glue for aluminum to wood ?
Posted by: osta.doc on Nov-12-08 7:21 PM (EST) Category: Canoes
I'd like to glue an aluminum ruler to a canoe thwart for checking some fish that I catch. Any ideas on what glue to use? Could I just clean both surfaces and then glue it on, or do I need to sand off the finish of the thwart? I'm trying to get it right the first time. Thanks for your help....Doc
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I would use contact cement|
Posted by: sloopsailor on Nov-12-08 7:34 PM (EST)
The Weldwood in the red can. If you ever want it off there is a remover.. It will take the wood finish too, but it will remove the glue.
Posted by: old_user on Nov-12-08 7:49 PM (EST)
Use epoxy. If the wood finish (varnish, paint) is in good shape, it should be OK, but sanding down to bare wood would be better.
Why not score the thwart?|
Posted by: Kanoo on Nov-12-08 7:55 PM (EST)
Just use the ruler to mark it out and build the ruler right into the the thwart itself.
You might consider a urethane glue.|
Posted by: ezwater on Nov-12-08 9:48 PM (EST)
I'm an epoxy fan, but what I have read on the West Epoxy site suggests that aluminum, like copper, may need special treatment for epoxy to hold. Also, urethane glue comes in a nice little bottle and does not need premixing.
Try 3M's 5200|
Posted by: gulfcoaster on Nov-12-08 10:02 PM (EST)
but be sure to to brush the aluminum with a wheel-brush drill attachment to knock down the aluminum oxide that forms the protective surface on aluminum to make sure it will stick. Do not plan on removing the ruler unless you plan to remove the thwart too.
Just use a sharpie|
Posted by: booztalkin on Nov-12-08 10:26 PM (EST)
I like Kanoo's idea of scoring, or marking the thwart. You could use a soldering iron to burn in the markings, or just use a permanent marker.
Bing, Bing, Bing!|
Posted by: tktoo on Nov-13-08 10:11 AM (EST)
Posted by: Kanoo on Nov-13-08 11:10 AM (EST)
Sharpie is so ugggggly. Pretty wood. In fact, I think he should hire an expert wood carver to inlay an ornate ruler.
Why a rigid ruler?|
Posted by: old_user on Nov-12-08 10:47 PM (EST)
Posted by: CEWilson on Nov-12-08 11:18 PM (EST)
Try a couple SS screws.
That is what I had been considering|
Posted by: Jsaults on Nov-13-08 10:01 AM (EST)
How about a line of brass round-head brads every inch?
Thank you all|
Posted by: osta.doc on Nov-13-08 11:07 AM (EST)
This gave me plenty of thoughts to work with. I appreciate everyone that replied. Have a great day....Doc
Posted by: jjmish on Nov-13-08 12:14 PM (EST)
Epoxy, aqua seal, etc or...