the best glue for plastic

Plastic by the Numbers

The selection of glues in the table below is based on the manufacturers direct specifications that the adhesive in question is designed to be used with the type of plastic indicated. 

 RIC*

 Plastic Type

 Common Items

Suggested Glues

 Plastic Type 1

PE, PET & PETE - 
PolyEthylene Terephthalate

 soda bottles, food containers,
 clothing (polyester), buckets, plumbing

3M-DP8005;
3M ScotchWeld
Recycling Code 2 HDPE - High Density
PolyEthylene 
 milk/juice bottles, grocery bags, 3M-DP8005
3M ScotchWeld
Recycling Code 3 PVC - PolyVinyl Chloride Rigid: drainge pipes, food trays,
rigid packaging, siding, plumbing

Flexibletubing, electrical insulation,
garden hoses, clothing, toys, air mattreses

Rigid:
Loctite Pro Super Glue;
J-B Weld Epoxy

Flexible:
HH-66 Vinyl Cement;
Boxer Vinyl Repair

Recyling Code 4

LDPE - Low Density
PolyEthylene 

 grocery & trash bags, squeeze bottles,  3M ScotchWeld
Recycling Code 5 PP - PolyPropylene   bottle caps, drinking straws, food wrap, 
 flexible toys 

3M-DP8005;
Bondic Plastic Welder

Recycling Code 6 PS - PolyStyrene CD covers, plastic plates & 
cutlery, take-out containers, imitation glass, cheap toys, Styrofoam

Weld-On 4 PS Adhesive;
3M PS Foam Adhesive;
Tamiya PS Cement

Recycling Code 7 O - Other (Acrylic, ABS,
PLA, polycarbonates)

Windscreens for golf carts & motorcycles,
drinking cups, toys

Super Glue Epoxy;
Weld-on 16 Cement;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* RIC - The Resin Identification Code is a set of symbols placed on plastics to identify the polymer type.

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