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How to glue rusted metal?


#1

Hi Everyone,

I have a friend who makes great work from found objects and is
currently working with corroded and rusted metal. Any suggestions
about adhesives which can deal with rusted surfaces - the bonds need
to be stable and in some cases sustain weight.

Thanks for any suggestions you all have,

Christine


#2
  Any suggestions about adhesives which can deal with rusted
surfaces - the bonds need to be stable and in some cases sustain
weight. 

G’day; can’t think why anyone would want to, and I can’t find the
URL for the site, but use Google to find:- “Glu Guru” – Cheers for
now, John Burgess; @John_Burgess2 of Mapua, Nelson NZ


#3

Christine, Very few glues will work over/through oxidation, but the
oxidation itself is really easy to reproduce. If the challenge were
posed to me, I would sand/grind the contact areas and use either
Epoxy or contact cement, depending on the type of metal. Once
bonded, you can spray the area with vinegar or salt water and within
a couple of days, you will have a nicely oxidized area. You can
control the amount of oxidation by repeated applications of the
solution, exposure to the elements, etc.

The only other way I can think of would be to use cold connections
– like rivets.

Good luck!
Karen Goeller