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TwinDad
9th Jan 2013, 10:43 PM
What's the best glue for attaching paper (like 20# laser printer paper) to Lexan without fogging up the Lexan?

I tried using 3M Super 77 once, with poor results. Maybe I didn't do it right or used too much or something. I want to print an image, and glue it to the "back" of the Lexan, to make a small control panel.

Wasn't there a website somewhere called "glue this to that" or something?

Jugtown Modeler
9th Jan 2013, 11:17 PM
Assuming you are looking to have the paper image show through the clear Lexan.

Can't think of an adhesive that would not mar the image... ...Enviro-tex?

Other possibilities: Does it need to be glued? Can you back it/sandwich it with another piece of plastic? Fasten at edges?
Can the image be printed on some type of adhesive vinyl/plastic that you could peel a backing off of and press onto back of Lexan?
Maybe have the image laminated before putting behind plastic....

ranulf
9th Jan 2013, 11:36 PM
What about spray adhesive? Wheever I use that I spray it over newspaper and it doesn't mar the images on that. I'm not certain it won't fog the Lexan, but maybe you can try it with a scrap test piece.

Jugtown Modeler
10th Jan 2013, 12:03 AM
I tried using 3M Super 77 once, with poor results. Maybe I didn't do it right or used too much or something.


That 3M stuff is heavy duty as I recal. Comes out thick.
Walmart sells a spray adhesive that goes on finer. Can't say what it will look like through the Lexan but it can be sprayed in a more even coat. Shouldn't affect the Lexan.

seanm
10th Jan 2013, 12:13 AM
This is the stuff I have used in the past with good success. http://www.featherrivertrains.com/cgi-bin/webstore/shop.cgi?ud=CQAPAQ0PAAAFABQUEhARHQ8NAAIJAwMBBAgSEA AA&storeid=1&sortby=itemid&searchtext=canopy&cols=1&c=detail.htm&t=main.detail.htm&itemid=PT56

TwinDad
10th Jan 2013, 12:22 AM
Canopy glue! Yeah, I bet that'll work!

I might be able to get away with making the lexan oversized and just "trapping" the paper in place, but I'd feel better with it glued.

Michael Whiteman
11th Jan 2013, 12:16 AM
If you are going to have toggle switches on your new panel TD, you shouldn't have to glue it at all. The switches will keep it from moving around. If you don't think this will work, try sandwiching the diagram between 2 sheets of Lexan. By the way, have you cut or drilled Lexan yet? I remember when fabricating the first windshield for our funny car that the characteristics of Lexan was something totally different than plexiglas. As I remember it had a tendancy to spider crack easily. What ever you do, practice on some scrap first. Nothing's worse than cracking your panel on that last hole. Ask me how I know. You want to run your drill at a very high speed and the bit will kinda melt the plastic as you go. All in all, I think a sandwich is better than glue. Best wishes.

Backlash
14th Jan 2013, 06:08 AM
XXX Main lexan picture glue for RC cars...


http://www.xxxmain.com/chickz.shtml

TwinDad
14th Jan 2013, 07:37 AM
XXX Main lexan picture glue for RC cars...


http://www.xxxmain.com/chickz.shtml

LOL for whatever reason that site was caught by my network's content filter. But Tower hobbies carries it...

Jugtown Modeler
14th Jan 2013, 07:45 AM
XXX Main lexan picture glue for RC cars...http://www.xxxmain.com/chickz.shtml


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