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Old 26 Feb 2008
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Question Solvent abuse, technically speaking...

I want to use solvents in a way they were not conceived! Specifically, brake cleaner or carb cleaner which I beleive to be quite similar.

I want to glue something in place that I may, at a later date, wish to remove again without the use of a mallet.

It will be recessed, somewhat, and so cannot be pried out. Therefore, glueing it in place and then applying a solvent to the glue when its time to relocate seems the best/easiest option.

So which is the best glue if one has brake/carb cleaner handy?


1. The Araldite-type mixed epoxy resin glue, or good old super-glue?

2. If neither would be affected, what glue/solvent combo should I use?

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Not sure which one of your adhesive choices would be cleaned off by the Solvent, it must depend on the sub straight to some degree, and how strong the joint needs to be.
You could try a test piece to find out what works.

I use brake cleaner to clean off adhesive left by duct tape and double sided tapes. Could you use a double sided tape or double sided adhesive foam, what about velcro?

Some plastics don't like solvents or super glues

Difficult to coment further without knowing what you are trying to do.

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Thanks, Steve.

Its actually two bits of metal that I am glueing together. One slots into the other, but I want to re-use both, seperately.

I have some epoxy lying around, so I will just mix some, let it set and then see what happens when I empty a can at it.

I hope it works, but surely there are some known glue solvents out there for just this sort of scenario?

Any industrial chemists amongst you lot?!?
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Crazy glue (cyanoacrylate) dissolves in Acetone. Ever glue your fingers together and use nail-polish remover to un-stick them?
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Crazy glue (cyanoacrylate) dissolves in Acetone. Ever glue your fingers together and use nail-polish remover to un-stick them?
Superglue it is then!!

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