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Thread: Adhesive for Starboard

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    Adhesive for Starboard

    I suspect I know the answer to this is no, use screws, but I thought I would ask.

    I am building a sign for someone that has many inlaid letters. The sign is made of starboard. I know they have a welding kit, but I am not too keen on dropping $900 for that. Has anyone had any luck with an adhesive like liquid nails or something else holding up in an exterior application? I can use screws from the backside, but an adhesive would save time and frustration.

    Thanks

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    That’s a tough one, not much sticks to HDPE. One product called Scotch-weld by 3M is supposed to work, but. I haven’t tried it. Much better to do a mechanical installation. What I would do is to save some of the paint, drill countersunk holes and screw in, then fill using epoxy, sand and touch up. When up high on a wall no one will notice. You could also do a French cleat, perhaps steel, screwed into the back. When hanging, use JB Weld or E6000 between the two pieces of the cleat.



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    Thanks Joe. That is what I decided to do. I can easily hide all of the screws from the back and I will not need to do any painting. All the parts are not in the picture. There is two pieces of black plastic that the bottom letters inlay into and there is a french cleat that goes behind the assembly to attach to the masonry wall. They want the sign proud of the wall for perimeter lighting.

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    150 little screws later, and it is ready to be hung on the wall.

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    That's a fantastic looking sign Brad. Super nice work.
    Sometimes I just want to look at pretty pictures,... Thats when I go to the Turners Forum

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    Thanks Mark. They should have it up in a few days.

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