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Old 14th September 2011, 07:04 AM   #1
Rob Dingen is offline Rob Dingen  Netherlands
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Default Glue for aluminium to kapton


The title says it all.
I'm building a baspanel like apogee and now use gluespray from bison and that works.
But I want something thinner and lighter.
Maybe somebody knows what Apogee uses?

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Old 18th November 2011, 08:18 PM   #2
MiiB is offline MiiB  Denmark
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Use contact glue, not the waterbased type, but the types where acetone is the solvent, then thin to waterlike viscosety, apply to both surfaces and bond after 10 min drying time...i have done this numerous times, when building big panels in the late 80'ies
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Old 18th November 2011, 08:35 PM   #3
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The Kapton i have is a tape....one side is stiky..i thought that most was this way..this was used on the space shudel...i got here in Orlando...
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Old 18th November 2011, 08:36 PM   #4
tyu is offline tyu  United States
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Sorry you need big ...this is for tweeters...
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Old 19th November 2011, 01:56 AM   #5
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I have used the glue that you find in gold leafing kits at Michaels craft stores ,it seems to be the thinnest I have found so far.

I have used it on mylar and it worked well.
Although it was a bit of a challenge to get it to wet the mylar properly.
But once it did, it dried to a very thin sticky surface.

A few drops of Dawn Dish soap mixed in it may help this as I have used this method using Watered down PVA glue for a coating on mylar and on Plastic frames as a conductive glue for ESL's.
This wetted the mylar very nicely.

I have also had fair/good results using rubber cement but I have not tried thinning it yet before it is applied as this might work even better as it is quite thick and you have to work fast before it sets up.

Some where I had read that the glue used on the Apogees was the stuff from 3M possibly from a spray can.

My Kapton is smooth on both sides so you my already have some sort of adhesive coating on it.
Maybe a heat activated type.

Have you tried ironing it to something?
Kapton is very heat resistive and doesn't shrink like mylar does when it is heated.

Although it has been a while since I have messed with it, I think I have found that I will need to tension it mechanically in order to use it as a Planar diaghram.


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Old 19th November 2011, 02:15 AM   #6
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Have tried Cyanoacrylate ?

I found this on the net also:
Gluing Procedure for Si strip detector + kapton cable assembly to MCM + MCM output cable assembly

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