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Attaching edge caps to Alumalite

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by Jillbeans, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. Jillbeans

    Jillbeans Major Contributor

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    What is your preference?
    For years I have used silicone but I am not 100% pleased with it.
    :thankyou:
    Love....Jill
     
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  2. Craig Sjoquist

    Craig Sjoquist Major Contributor

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    Availability here is only the plastic C channel for 4 mil size that fits tight .. so like to read more comments here ...good post
     
  3. Jillbeans

    Jillbeans Major Contributor

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    That's exactly what I am talking about, I should have been more specific.
    The edge caps fit on very snugly but I like them to stay on.
    I recently tried a latex-based adhesive which was supposed to dry clear.
    It never dried!
     
  4. SignManiac

    SignManiac Major Contributor

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    PL adhesive usually works well. Just scruff up the inside surface with some sandpaper or a file so it's not slickerish.
     
  5. Sign_Boy

    Sign_Boy Major Contributor

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    I've used Silicone and it's hit or miss.
     
  6. daveb

    daveb General Know-it-all

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    Thing is your edging expands and contracts more than your Alumalite, will work most adhesives loose. I have cut 3M VHB foam tape down and applied it to the edge of the Alumalite then slipped the trim on with some success. There's also a clear adhesive called "Goop" (I think) for automotive trim, it's sold in the Auto department in Wally World, I've used it on other stuff but haven't had a chance to try in on this specific use, great stuff though.
     
  7. Sign_Boy

    Sign_Boy Major Contributor

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    daveb - you had me up until you mentioned the "W" word - that place is the devil JMO - thanks for the tip
     
  8. PNH Jake

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    When I first showed up at this shop they were using white "Tub and Tile" acrylic adhesive... I kept thinking it was a baaad idea, finally did a test in the shop and I switched to Silicone.

    Since then I have used Lexel Clear and Silicone II on a consistent basis and have had pretty good luck. The biggest thing I have as a tip is to make sure that the edge of the Alumilite is clean of any cutting debris...
     
  9. David Wright

    David Wright Very Active Member

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    Silicone is mostly miss for me. Too many times I have seen these caps release.
     
  10. signgal

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    Yeah, the customer doesn't always get that they are just trim either. They think it's a stinkin' frame and they can haul around a 4x8 sign just holding onto the trim.

    What about gorilla glue... I know it's not clear but if you don't goop it on?
     
  11. Sparky

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    I have used a clear shoo goo and have had no problems since using it over 2 years ago.
     
  12. jscarl

    jscarl Very Active Member

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    Can you go a little more on this shoo goo???
     
  13. bob

    bob Major Contributor

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    I use Gorilla Glue. Just a bit every 6 inches or so on the Alumalite, not the edging. Haven t had a failure yet. I always run a diagonal of blue tape across each corner so there's no question the this is edging and not part of the board. I hope the clients remember to remove it before they put up the sign.
     
  14. signgal

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    Thanks, Bob! great idea and I'm gonna try the Gorilla Glue next time... hmmm you're not so mean and scary after all
     
  15. Steve C.

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