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Old 03-22-2010, 12:16 AM   #1
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2 years ago I used Gorilla Glue to glue back the tops and bottom on some kegs I bought where they were comming off. Now they are falling apart again.

The Gorilla Glue was pretty expensive and frankly, didn't last past a month after I used it. It has worked great for me in the past on wood projects, but not on this. Every surface was cleaned and dried before I put them together and then clamped together.

Is there anything else better? I've read that marine epoxy might work, but does it? Cleaning this Gorilla Glue off is going to be a PITA and I want what ever I use next to last longer than the Gorilla Glue did.

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Old 03-22-2010, 12:55 AM   #2
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Did the glue break or did it detach from one of the surfaces? Metal to rubber is rather difficult and what you'll need is a two-part void-filling marine epoxy designed for metals. I've used them to bond wood siding onto a metal frame in an RV. Depending on the epoxy, you may also need a primer for the metal.
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I would describe it as detaching from the metal on the keg. It is pretty stuck to the rubber peices, but that is only half of what I needed it to do.
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Old 03-22-2010, 01:17 AM   #4
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Supposedly 2-part epoxy is supposed to work. I've got a tube waiting to fix one of my cornies when I stop being lazy.

 
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Old 03-22-2010, 02:50 AM   #5
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I've heard epoxies work well for them. Is it worth it to buy kegs with loose tops and bottoms? Seems like a PITA to reattach them. Granted sometimes a keg without a loose top/bottom will develop this. Simply wondering as I can buy some relatively cheap with loose tops but don't know if I want to if it's a pain.

 
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Two important points on using void-filling epoxies:

1. They are NOT glues and rely on a thick layer of compound to mate the surfaces. Do not clamp tightly.
2. They cure, not dry. Work time is limited and once it starts setting, it's too late.
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Old 03-22-2010, 04:15 PM   #7
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Gorilla glue instructions say to wet the surfaces. I used GG on loose kegs with great success. I just cleaned the surfaces, wet them, applied glue, wiped off excess and stacked a full corny on top to apply pressure. You could try contact cement or superglue.
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Loctite Marine epoxy. Available from Lowes/Home Depot.

Worked for me on several kegs. Going on 3 years of bonding.

 
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Old 03-22-2010, 08:06 PM   #9
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gorilla glue won't stick if there are gaps. also i believe its not for below water. that means if you have lots of water contact, they come apart.

 
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Old 03-22-2010, 09:48 PM   #10
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Should the metal be roughed up a bit to give a better surface for the glue?

 
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