Adhesive needed for pvc to mdf smooth side

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04-26-2017 02:23 PM

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I am looking for an adhesive that will allow me to secure my 4” S&D pvc pipes to the smooth side of MDF. I tried the construction adhesive I had on hand as well as some 5 min epoxy and the epoxy held well until I exerted a little force on it trying to get my flex hose inside it.

I appreciate any suggestions.

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#1 posted 04-26-2017 02:43 PM

Urethane glue may work, but the epoxy should have.
Perhaps roughening the area on the MDF to be glued would help with adhesion.

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#2 posted 04-26-2017 02:51 PM

If I understand correctly, you are trying to secure the end of the PVC to the face of the MDF. I don’t think that will ever be very strong. I would make the hole in the MDF the size of the OD of the pipe and glue the pipe inside the hole, perhaps with a small screw or two to secure it. The wood analogy would be a very weak butt joint as compared to a mortise and tenon.

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#3 posted 04-26-2017 03:03 PM

I would try to mechanical mount the pipe and used the adhesive to function as a sealant.

You might have to pre-treat the MDF to seal it and add some strength to the fibers and them bond the pipe to it.

Maybe a couple of pictures of what your looking to do you also help us help you.

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#4 posted 04-26-2017 03:25 PM

What Kazooman said !!!!

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#5 posted 04-26-2017 03:49 PM

I see people make them like this all the time with just but jointed but none of them used MDF. I wonder if I just scrap the mdf and go to plywood if the adhesion would be better?

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#6 posted 04-26-2017 04:18 PM

Even if you do get a good bond on a butt joint, the point of failure will be moved from the adhesive to the smooth face of the MDF peeling away. Kazooman described what would be your best bet and the method I’ve employed several times with zero failures to date. Roughing up any part of the smooth PVC that will be in contact with epoxy will give it a far greater chance of adhering securely.

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#7 posted 04-26-2017 04:25 PM

It’s an inherently weak joint I think. I would
just do what you did and add some l-brackets
with screws around the perimeter.

Another approach would be to make the hole
so the pvc goes inside the hole.

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#8 posted 04-26-2017 04:27 PM

+1 Kazooman.

You need a bit more glue surface than just the 3/32 inch edge of the PVC piping.

I would enlarge the hole so that you are inserting the pipe into the MDF, and glue it that way.

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#9 posted 04-27-2017 12:43 AM

Make a ring of MDF to double the glue surface and increase mechanical strength.

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#10 posted 04-27-2017 04:58 AM

Not really disagreeing with any of the above, but try a polyurethane caulking. A big fat bead around the outside will increase the surface area of the bonding surfaces. In my experience that stuff is never eager to let go of anything once cured.

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