How to Glue Plexiglas to PVC

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Plexiglas is a type of durable acrylic with a wide range uses. Because of its transparent quality, it is often used to make window panes or aquarium siding. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a strong, versatile plastic commonly used in residential plumbing. PVC's rigidity also makes it ideal for automotive body kits, prosthetic limbs and children's toys. To create a lasting bond between Plexiglas and PVC, you need an epoxy made for use on plastics.

Things You'll Need

  • Liquid dish soap
  • Rag
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Plastic epoxy
  • Plastic spreader tool
  • C-clamp or vise (optional)
  • Mix 1 cup of warm water and several drops of liquid dish soap. Clean the Plexiglas and PVC thoroughly to remove any grease, dirt or other residue.

  • Rub the parts of the plexiglass and PVC that will be bonded with a piece of fine grit sandpaper. Slight coarseness will strengthen the epoxy's adhesion.

  • Wipe any plastic dust away from both surfaces using a wet rag.

  • Spread a thin layer of epoxy onto the plexiglass. Your area of coverage with the epoxy should be relative to the size of the piece of PVC you are attaching.

  • Press the PVC firmly onto the layer of epoxy.

  • Secure your Plexiglas and PVC assembly in a C-clamp tool or bench vise to hold the assembly secure while the epoxy cures. Placing the assembly under a heavy object, such as a cinderblock, works as an alternative.

  • Allow the epoxy to cure for the time suggested on the container.

Tips & Warnings

  • For best results work in a well lit, ventilated area.
  • Avoid clamping the assembly too tightly. Excess pressure may cause the PVC or Plexiglas to crack.
  • Do not inhale or ingest fumes from the plastic epoxy.
  • Do not allow children or pets near your work area.

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