How to Join Acrylic Sheets
Acrylic plastic, also knows as Plexiglas, is virtually ubiquitous in today's construction and manufacturing world. Used for everything from protective barriers to the sides of fish tanks, this hardy and durable material can certainly take a beating.
Impact resistant (and, made the right way, even shatterproof) and weighing about half as much as glass, acrylic plastic has made life easier in numerous ways. Knowing how to properly join these acrylic sheets can guarantee the sturdiness of your next construction project.
- Acrylic plastic, also knows as Plexiglas, is virtually ubiquitous in today's construction and manufacturing world.
- Impact resistant (and, made the right way, even shatterproof) and weighing about half as much as glass, acrylic plastic has made life easier in numerous ways.
Line up the acrylic sheets in the formation you want them. Hold them together in place using masking tape or a clamp; make sure they are tightly secured, so that you have the correct joint.
Squeeze acrylic cement into the joint, along the whole length of the joint. For a flat surface, apply to both sides of the joint; for a horizontal joint (like the corner of a box), apply only on the inside. The glue will naturally seep into the joint to form a tight bond.
Allow the glue to dry completely for the strongest bond. Drying can take between 24 and 48 hours, depending on your cement.
- You can find acrylic cement in hardware and home-improvement stores.
- For the glue to hold the acrylic sheets together, they must fit together perfectly. Perform all measuring, cutting and forming of acrylic sheets before you try to join them.
Samantha Volz has been involved in journalistic and informative writing for over eight years. She holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from Lycoming College, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, with a minor in European history. In college she was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper and completed a professional internship with the "Williamsport Sun-Gazette," serving as a full-time reporter. She resides in Horsham, Pennsylvania.