Which Glue to use for Glass to Metal?

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If you need to glue glass to metal then it is important to choose the right glue.

If you select a glue that is not suited to the task at hand then the repair job is going to be a disaster.

Here are a few quick questions you can ask yourself that will help.

Is it a short term or longer term repair?

If it is just a household item that you are looking for a quick fix on, most times a super glue will do the job.

Gorilla Super Glue

Gorilla Super Glue, 15 g, Clear

Drying Time: Dries in 10-45 seconds
Temperature Range: -65°F/-53°C to 220°F/109°C

Loctite Glue

If you are looking for a more substantial fix another popular adhesive for glass to metal repairs is Loctite glue.

Loctite 233841 Super Glass Glue Crystal Clear And Dishwasher Safe

Drying Time: Sets in 15 – 20 seconds with a full cure in 24 hours
Temperature Range: 50°F/10°C – 176°F/80°C

J-B Weld Clearweld

Last on our list is J-B Weld. This is a very strong epoxy that is well suited to glass and metal applications.

J-B Weld 50112 ClearWeld Quick-Setting Epoxy Syringe – Dries Clear – 25 ml

Epoxies come in two different tubes so you will need to be comfortable squeezing out equal amounts and mixing them together. The one listed above is in a syringe so does half of the job for you.

Drying Time: Sets in 5 minutes, cures in 1 hour.
Temperature Range: Flashpoint of > 93,3°C (> 200 °F). Takes longer to set if temperature is less then -40°F/-40°C

Does it matter if the glue can be seen?

Some glues are more visible than others. Make sure you carefully read about the glue you are planning on buying to make sure it is going to be clear.

General tips for glueing glass to metal

The key to gluing glass to metal is in planning your work. As most of the glues used for this type of application set very quickly it is best to know exactly what you are doing and where the parts are going to be sitting.

Make sure the glass is clean and so is the metal. You might want to give the metal a light sand first.

Video Test of Metal Glues

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