How to Glue Brass How to Glue Brass
Brass is a metal. As for all metals, glue that creates a chemical bond is required for gluing pieces of brass together. When you need to glue brass, be sure not to choose glue that is brittle or that expands.
Which Glue is Best?
2 part Epoxy (Polyepoxide) glue is most suited for gluing brass to surfaces. There are many brands of glue to choose from which are readily available at hardware stores and supermarkets. Always check the instructions on the packaging before purchasing to ensure metal is included on the list of applications.
Preparing the Surface
Metals such as brass require a bit of roughing-up to encourage a better bond. If this procedure is ignored, the surface will be slippery and less likely to create a permanent bond. The surface must first be cleaned, preferably with an alcohol based solution to remove any greasy substance. If you don’t have an alcohol based solution, use neat detergent, which is a good alternative for cutting through grease. The surface can be roughened with sandpaper. Once the surface is rough there is no need to clean off all the shavings. These shavings will aid in the bonding process.
Keeping It Together
Clamps are recommended, but if you don’t have clamps, placing a heavy object such as a large book over the glued brass can do the trick. Check packaging for bonding times, which is usually between 12 and 24 hours.