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Q: best product for gluing two overlapping plastic tarps together?


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#1 Peek a Boo

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Posted 02 April 2008 - 10:46 AM

I am making a 17' x 7' backdrop out of two tarps [plastic/vinyl: silver one side, brown the other] for our drama group. There's about three inches of overlap and I need to secure it together. I'd rather not sew it :D

Is there a good dependable glue-cement-type of stuff that will keep it secured through numerous set-ups and take-downs? I will also be using duct tape to tape down the edges.

dh is unavailable for comment right now, but I'd love to get some opinions from anyone who's BTDT. Or suggestions on which products to specifically AVOID, lol.

TIA!

#2 Claire

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Posted 02 April 2008 - 07:01 PM

A good local hardware store may be able to advise you. If I can get hold of my dh, I'll ask him as he's fairly knowledgeable about glues. I know he often uses a two-step epoxy (you have to mix two different components together to make the glue) when he needs something really strong. Don't know if it will bond to vinyl/plastic though.

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Posted 02 April 2008 - 08:47 PM

hee hee -- Home Depot and Ace were both laughing their butts off at my question. With all the cr....stuff on their shelves that i would be willing to buy they couldn't even suggest one thing, even an expensive thing.

DH is insisting I'll need to sew it, but suggested some weatherstripping stuff to help secure it till i can stitch it up. I'm gluing it down and duct taping the edges till i get some colored thread :D

It's kinda cool cuz the only scenes we have are castle walls and outdoors, so the silver/brown sides are perfect, lol.

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Posted 02 April 2008 - 08:47 PM

Dh says there is actually a way to heat-seal those kinds of tarps (presumably with a heat gun), but neither of us knows exactly how to do it. :confused:

Weldbond is pretty universally wonderful -- a friend of mine is a mosaic artist and uses it for all her tile work. You can read about it here.

Good luck!
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Posted 02 April 2008 - 09:25 PM

My DH swears by a product called "Gorilla Glue." He says to use Gorilla Glue, then get two long planks, like 2"x4"s and sandwich the join between the two boards, then clamp the boards tightly together.
Now, he hasn't actually ever glued two tarps together, but he's a pretty handy guy, and he says that if he WERE to try to glue two tarps together, that's the method he'd use. :tongue_smilie:

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Posted 03 April 2008 - 02:18 AM

gorilla glue was my first thought, lol.

dh suggested i go w/ something more pliable, so I'll have to see how this weatherstripping stuff works ;)

maybe i'll try the gorilla glue on the smaller set wall i still need to cover......

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Posted 03 April 2008 - 06:20 AM

Gorilla Glue


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