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Old 11-04-2006, 09:10 AM   #1
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is there a type of glue that will be safe to use on a carbon fiber or graphite chassis? i have both and im making some new parts to help center the gravity and weight better. but i want to glue some parts together, and dont know what type is safe to use
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Old 11-04-2006, 03:17 PM   #2
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cyanoacrylate (CA) glues are certainly safe to use on graphite and carbon fibre. Since most glues rely upon mechanical adhesion, a roughing of the surface will improve the mechanical bite. Maximizing surface area on the joint will also increase the strength, as well a placing the joint in a stress in a sheer, rather than tension.
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I have used CA in the past with great success. You need to be quick in putting the pieces together and probably put the pieces in a vise to squeeze out the excess glue and to keep the pieces uniform in thickness. I've heard epoxy works well and is slower in curing, but haven't tried it.
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thanks. im bout to get some more CA anyways cause i need to mount some new tires. the only epoxy i have is for steal and hard plastic like gas tanks on a dirtbike. i only use it on full sized things with engines since it is so strong though.
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Just be careful.... with some composites CA reacts and emits a "smoke" which is very TOXIC!!!!! Do not breath these fumes.
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haha. yeah i know. im just worried about it screwing my chassis.
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do yall know if gorilla glue would mess up graphite? i use it on basically everything, but im not sure if that would mess up graphite.
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Just a note epoxy is what is used to glue the graphite to gether originally however if you use a glue that is stronger then the epoxy to glue it together and the force applied to one piece is great enough you can basically force one of the grphite pieces to de-laminate. I would suggest screwing the pieces together with Ti buts and bolt if possble as it provide a better stronger junction since the graphite has already been epoxied and cured prior.
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