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Old 10-31-2012, 01:27 PM   #1
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Adhesive for aluminum to glass

I just bought a used trailer and there are things I have to fix before I go south in December. One is detached aluminum tab to push/pull sliding window. I cleaned it up and now I donít know what to use to attach it to the glass. Few shops told me to use silicon which seems to be too flexible. The stuff that was used before is semi hard, tan in color, softens with heat substantially but still hard to separate, even at 65C (hot to touch without getting burned). Should I use butyl rubber? I donít want to use epoxy in case I have to detach it when replacing glass.
Next are rubber mouldings around windows. I just need short pieces. Anyone knows a good source?
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Old 10-31-2012, 02:05 PM   #2
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I used urethane windshield adhesive. I paid $15 for a tube, but later realized a glass shop probably would have given me a dollop for free if I'd been smart enough to ask.
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Old 10-31-2012, 06:43 PM   #3
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Auto parts stores will have a small tube of adhesive to attach a rear view mirror to the windshield. But wait, is that done anymore, I'm thinking of when I used it on my '78 pickup about 15 years ago. It might be worth looking into.
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Old 10-31-2012, 09:58 PM   #4
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Auto parts stores will have a small tube of adhesive to attach a rear view mirror to the windshield. But wait, is that done anymore, I'm thinking of when I used it on my '78 pickup about 15 years ago. It might be worth looking into.
This product is still available. Its a two part adhesive. You get enough adhesive in the tube for one rear view mirror application. My experience is that this product should be considered permanent.
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I have used silicone, just like the glass shop advised me, on 2 seperate occassions.
It works very well.
Just give it a day or two to cure.
Glass and the metal expand and flex at different rates, the silicone is flexible and flexes also.
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Old 11-08-2012, 02:40 PM   #6
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I did this 3 or 4 years ago to a slider window and used 3M trim tape. It still appears to ve very permanent.
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:38 PM   #7
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I recently used "Loctite GO-2 Glue" for that purpose, so far so good.
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:49 PM   #8
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Seems the only thing left to try is SPIT !
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Old 11-11-2012, 11:33 AM   #9
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Thanks to all who came with an advice. I found a place where someone has an experience with this. They use a product (forgot the name), it comes in as a tape, which they place over the channel in aluminum tab, then place the glass edge over it and with two blows with a wooden mallet they drive it into it. For that you have to have the aluminum part in horizontal and the glass in vertical, something I canít do with window in the trailer. The second option they suggested is the silicon. I will look into Loctite, thanks Bob. Unfortunately, the ambient temperatures are now well below +5C, so I will have to do it down south, if I ever get out. My vehicle is only a front wheel drive.
It is going to be tricky in how much of the glue I should put into the gap. The side near to the stationary part of the window is not accessible to remove all displaced material after I push the aluminum over the glass.
The 3rd option is to buy a small vacuum bell just for sliding the window open, to push it closed is not a problem. Iíll have to find out who sells the stuff.
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Rudy,

When I recently got my lil big foot the dealership that had it as a trade-in glued the strips back on mine. I'm guessing you should just call an Rv dealer and ask them what they use or if they would sell you some of their stuff.
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