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The best adhesives for bonding a rear view mirror to a windscreen

The best adhesives for bonding a rear view mirror to a windscreen

Remove any excess oil and contaminants from the windscreen bonding area by wipping it with industrial grade acetone or ideally Pratley Safety Cleaner prior to bonding. Make sure that any previous adhesive is removed.  Next, use either Pratley 1-2-3 or Pratley Ezeebond to adhere the mirror in place. These adhesives are designed to allow for the expansion of the glass in hot or cold environments. Never use an epoxy adhesive for this application as you will risk cracking the windscreen over time. Epoxies will not allow for the expansion properties of the windscreen. Both Pratley 1-2-3 and Pratley Ezeebond have...

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A simple test to find out if your material/substrate is a good candidate for adhesive bonding

A simple test to find out if your material/substrate is a good candidate for adhesive bonding

Pratley Adhesive Products will bond to most materials. However, some types of plastics are not good candidates for bonding no matter what type of adhesive is used. A good method for determining if a substrate is a good candidate for adhesive bonding is to put a droplet of water onto the surface. If it rolls around on the surface (similar to mercury) or forms a spherical drop, you can conclude that the plastic is not a good candidate for adhesive bonding. If the drop of water spreads out over the surface or "wets" the surface well, you are good to...

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