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Old 12-16-2003, 07:41 PM
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Bonding Custom Aluminum Panels To Steel

Hey all, I'm a little more experienced when it comes to bonding composites to aluminum than I am to bonding aluminum to steel. I'm interested in forming some custom body panels out of sheet aluminum, as opposed to making them out of fiberglass, that will require bonding.

In composite to aluminum bonding you usually clean the aluminum surface with a sctoch brite pad until you're able to get an unbroken film (water doesn't bead up) of distilled water when applied. Once this is done you etch the surface with alodine, apply an epoxy primer and you're good to go. Does this sound like an effective technique to use when bonding to steel??
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There are some bonding agents available at body and paint stores that probably would work for your aplication. They are used to bond steel door and patch panels where heat is not the best thing to use. several brands are out there
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There are some bonding agents available at body and paint stores that probably would work for your aplication. They are used to bond steel door and patch panels where heat is not the best thing to use. several brands are out there
Thanks for the reply BOBCRMAN...I was actually leaning more toward Lord Fusor or Duramix by 3M. So in essence I was trying to focus on the prep work involved to procure a good bond using either of these products. I just wanted to make sure that I would be ok in terms of durabilty in the long run.
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