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How to Glue Lexan

Updated July 20, 2017

Lexan is a thermoplastic called polycarbonate. The practice of gluing plastics together is known as "plastic welding." The glue of choice for Lexan is the chemical solvent methylene choride (also called dichloromethane). Solvents like methylene chloride dissolve the polymers present in polycarbonate, allowing the two pieces of plastic to melt into one piece. The "welded" joint is therefore very strong because it is technically one piece of plastic.

Identify the areas on each piece of Lexan that you wish to glue. Rough these areas with your sandpaper--this ensures a strong bond after gluing.

Apply the polycarbonate solvent, which contains methylene chloride, to one piece of Lexan.

Press the two pieces of Lexan together and hold them in place. Use clamps or a vice if possible for a strong, stable bond

Wait 20 to 30 minutes before handling your Lexan. Most of the solvent will have evaporated after this time; however, the bond will be at its strongest after 24 hours.

Tip

Use plenty of solvent when gluing your Lexan. It is better to over-apply rather than under-apply the solvent.

Warning

Methylene chloride is a moderately dangerous chemical. Use this solvent in an area with adequate ventilation and avoid contact with skin.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 Lexan pieces
  • Polycarbonate solvent
  • Rough sandpaper
  • Clamps or a vice
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About the Author

Writing from southern Ohio, Steven Crane has been publishing articles about science on the Internet since 2007. He has worked in a neuroscience laboratory for three years, and is a published author in "Human Molecular Genetics" and the "Ohio Journal of Science." Crane received a Bachelor of Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.