How to Get Glue to Stick to Aluminum

Aluminum is a durable and sustainable metal that is thin enough to be recycled into homemade crafts. Crafts like aluminum can airplanes, sharks, purses and lampshades; or commercial aluminum applications, where welding is not recommended, need a strong permanent glue. Being able to glue it to itself or other materials makes using aluminum easier.

Things You'll Need

  • Grease-fighting dish detergent
  • Aluminum
  • Metal glue
  • Small binder clips or clamps

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Wash the aluminum with a mixture of water and grease-fighting dish detergent to remove any dirt and accumulated oils. Rinse it with warm water and allow it to dry.

Apply a fast-drying metal glue to the pieces to be joined by following the glue manufacturer's application instructions.

Clip the joined pieces together with binder clips while the glue dries and forms a bond between the two surfaces.

Tips & Warnings

  • A variety of aluminum craft patterns is available online.
  • Wear gloves when cleaning and cutting aluminum to avoid cuts on your hands.
  • Look for metal glue in the craft department or auto supply store.


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