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How to glue PVC sheets

Updated February 21, 2017

PVC sheets are made of polyvinyl chloride, a rigid material used for many applications. PVC comes in sheets or films and can be formed into different shapes and forms. PVC sheets are easy to make and are not chemically reactive. Gluing PVC is easy, but cannot be easily undone. The only way to get rid of a bad gluing job is to cut away the glued area. Prep the sheets properly first and work through the gluing without using glue at first.

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  1. Measure the PVC sheet and cut it to the desired size. Use a hacksaw to cut the PVC. Get rid of any ridges by scraping the cuts with a utility knife.

  2. Spread the PVC primer on the areas where the two PVC sheets will overlap. The function of the primer is to clean and soften the plastic.

  3. Do a dry fit to ensure everything is properly lined up. This step is done to minimise any mistakes when using the actual glue. Make any necessary cuts and adjustments.

  4. Apply the PVC glue to the primed area on the PVC sheet.

  5. Slide the PVC sheets together and hold the glued sheets in place for 30 seconds. Wipe away any excess glue with a dry rag. Allow the glue to completely dry, approximately two hours.

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Things You'll Need

  • PVC sheets
  • Hacksaw
  • PVC primer
  • PVC glue

About the Author

Liz Tomas

Liz Tomas began writing professionally in 2004. Her work has appeared in the "American Journal of Enology and Viticulture," "BMC Genomics" and "PLoS Biology." She holds a Master of Science in food science from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from the University of New Hampshire. She is pursuing her Ph.D. in oenology at Lincoln University.

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