Aluminum has a wide variety of application, from cans to kitchen utensils and airplane parts to beer kegs. It’s a super strong material and therefore it requires a very strong adhesive in order to hold it together if needed.
The team at Cleaning King took a deep dive into the variety of adhesives available for aluminum to find out which is the best.
If you’re looking for the best glue for aluminum and not sure where to start looking or what to even look for, then look no further. Cleaning King is here to help you out and in this article, you’ll find all you need to know about the best glue for aluminum, including where you can get it from!
Easiest to use
Our first glue is the Permatex, which is a great glue for use on aluminum, brass, chrome, copper, iron and stainless steel. It can be used for a variety of things on these types of materials, including sealing seams, fill in metal cracks and mount metal components. It’s super easy to use and comes in a dark grey color, ideal for matching with aluminum products. It is also water and solvent resistant and can fill in gaps easily, without shrinking at all. It sets in just 4 minutes, making it very easy and quick to use and there is no need for clamping when applying the glue to the material.
This is a great option for those wanting a dark grey glue, that not only is water and solvent resistant but can also be used on a number of different materials and has super strong bonding that is permanent. You can trust that this glue is strong enough for any sealing, filling in or mounting jobs that you may need to use it for.
Our next glue is the Gorilla glue, which is a commonly used super glue gel. This can be used on a variety of materials such as plastic, wood, metal, ceramic, rubber and leather. It’s really easy to use and one of the best super glues available, as not only does it come with strength, but it also comes with such a wide variety of uses. It’s comes in a clear gel formula, so whatever you use it on, you shouldn’t be able to see the glue once it’s set. It also comes with an anti-clog cap so you can ensure that the glue never gets clogged up or dries out. The glue dries in around 10-45 seconds once applied to the material and no clamping is required when using this either.
This is a great option that can be used for so many different everyday uses. If you’re looking for a superglue that can be used on a variety of materials, is easy to use and apply and only takes seconds for it to be dried, then this is the perfect option for you. This one isn’t targeted so much at aluminum use, but it can still be used on that and due to its strength, you should find no problems when using it on that material.
Clear gel, meaning you shouldn’t see it once dried
Dries in 10-45 seconds, making it very quick and requires no clamping
Anti-clog cap so the glue doesn’t dry out or get clogged up
Moving onto the next option, it’s the Star Bite Putty Stick. This is something that is a little different to the typical glue you would normally get, but equally, still a great option. This is targeted mainly at aluminum products and materials, so if you’re looking for a glue that can be used on a variety of materials, this won’t be the best option for you. It’s easy to use and bonds within 5-10 minutes, so slightly longer than other glues available. However, due to this being used purely on aluminum material, it does take a longer time to bond. It also withstand high temperatures and pressures, which is something that a lot of other glues don’t feature.
So, this is a great option for those wanting a glue that is purely for aluminum and provides great strength along with being able to use in high temperatures and pressures.
Best for High Temperatures
The next product does come with more variety of uses, as it can be used on aluminum, fiberglass, metal, plastic and wood. It comes with a 2 part welding system and this provides a strong and long lasting repairs to materials. The idea is that you mix the tubes together, to create the adhesive, so this can be a bit more faffy than other glues available. The time it takes to set is 4-6 hours and then an additional 16-24 hours for it to cure. So, when using this glue, you do need to be prepared for it to take a while to fully set, making it not as easy and straight forward as other glues available. This glue can withstand high temperatures and it also waterproof and resistant to chemicals and acid.
This is a super strong glue, but might not be the best choice for everyone. It can be used on a variety of materials but the main point of this glue is that you need to fix them together, to create the adhesive to use. This can be very time consuming and also makes it a bit harder to use, when compared to others.
The next glue is very similar to the one above, where it comes with 2 parts of it, that are mixed together to create the adhesive. This is also aimed mainly at aluminum and copper materials and repairs. It comes with great strength, durability and is also easy to apply. This glue is great to use on things such as tanks, pumps, radiators etc. as it has a non-rusting and non-magnetic aluminum finish to it. It comes with a super strong formula and can be set in around 45 minutes. Again, this type of glue may be a bit more faffy than others and does require a longer setting time, so it may not be the best option if you’re wanting something quick and easy to use.
This is great for those wanting a glue for aluminum and copper material, that can be used for repairing the materials, due to its strength. However, it isn’t as straight forward as other glues and doesn’t offer as much variety of uses than others do.
Moving onto a more simple glue, we have the Permatex glue that comes readymade, meaning there is no need to mix it with anything, in order to create the adhesive. It can be used on materials such as wood concrete and metal, providing excellent adhesion for these materials. It’s a great option if you’re needing something to fill in cracks, fill small holes or perforations. It’s resistant to water, oil and gas, which is a great feature as you know the glue won’t dissolve or ruin, if it comes into contact with these liquids.
This is a great option for those wanting something simple that can be used for a variety of options and on different materials. It’s easy to use, provides the strength needed and is also resistant to most liquids, which is a great feature for it to have.
Finally, on our list of glues for aluminum, we have the GorillaWeld, which comes with 2 parts of it. It’s incredibly strong and sets in just 10 minutes. It can be used on materials such as metal, plastic, concrete, ceramics and fiberglass, so it’s perfect for a lot of things. It’s a 2 part adhesive, but the great thing with this one is that it sets in just 10 minutes and provides amazing strength. Although it can be quite annoying having to use 2 parts of the glue, it can sometimes provide you with a better strength. It’s long lasting as well as being waterproof and forms a permanent bond, in just 10 minutes. As well as this it also comes in a dark grey color, which might be perfect for matching it to certain metals etc.
This is a great option that provides amazing strength and is quick to use and dry. However, it can be more faffy than other glues, due to it coming in 2 parts.
Now we’ve taken a look at the glue products available to buy and use on aluminum, it’s not time to think about what to look for in them. There’s a wide variety of glues available, which can make it harder to decide which is the right glue for you and the purpose you’re using it for. Therefore, Cleaning King have gathered some of the key factors to consider when it comes to what to look for, when buying the best glue for aluminum.
Easy to Use
Firstly, you want to make sure it’s easy to use and that your able to use it yourself, at home. As these are all available online for anyone to buy, they should all be suitable for at home and personal use, but some may be harder to use than others. Here at Cleaning King, we think it’s important that the glue is easy to use, as it makes life a lot easier and therefore, this is a key feature to look for. You can determine how easy it to use by looking at the application tip that it comes with and also by reading about the product and it’s reviews. A lot of the time, people will leave reviews on the product and in the description of it, they may also include how easy it is to use the glue.
Water and Solvent Resistant
Next on our list of what to look for, is that the glue is water and solvent resistant. Obviously it depends on what you intend to use the glue for, as sometimes it may not need to be water resistant. However, here at Cleaning King, we feel that it is best for the glue to be water and solvent resistant, so that you can be assured it can be used for a wider variety of things. By being water and solvent resistant, it also means that it should last longer and be more durable, so you shouldn’t experience any problems once glued on.
Another factor to consider when looking at the best glue for aluminum, is that it doesn’t shrink, once it’s been used. Some glues can start to shrink once you have started to use them or applied the glue to something and therefore, over time, it can shrink and not actually serve it’s purpose. To avoid this from happening and ensure that you get a strong and durable glue, that will last a long time for it’s purpose, then look for one that doesn’t shrink. This may be included in the product description of the product but you can also check out the comments and reviews that are left on the product page, and you might find your answer there.
The most important thing of all, is to make sure that the glue is strong enough and will serve it’s purpose. You want to make sure that the glue will hold together and not lose its strength overtime. At Cleaning King, we think this is important, as you want to make sure the glue you’re getting, is going to do it’s job and last a long time. So not only are you looking at the strength of it, but also it’s durability. Again, this is something that can very often be found in the product description page as most of the time, companies will want you to know their product is strong enough for what you’re wanting. Alternatively, you could also read up on reviews of the product, to see if there are any complaints about the strength and durability of it.
Next we have the factor of considering the purpose of what the glue will be used for and if the glue is suitable for that. Sometimes the products may say that they’re strong, but they may not always be good for the purpose you have. Do some research on the glue products to learn more about them and also get a better idea of them. Whether that be looking at product descriptions or reading up on reviews, you should be able to create a better idea of what things the glue can be used for and whether that would fit in with your purposes for the glue.
Suitable For Aluminum
Finally on our list of things to consider and think about when it comes to buying the best glue for aluminum, is to make sure that it is suitable for that material and purpose. A lot of the time, products will tell you what type of material they can be used on and sometimes even list the types of things they are used for. From this, you can gather a better idea of if the glue would be suitable for aluminum and also what you plan to use it for. This is really important as although some may say they’re strong and sturdy, they may not last well when used on aluminum.
These are just a few of the key features to be considered and thought about, that we feel at Cleaning King, are essential to making sure you find the best glue for aluminum, that suits all your needs.
To summarise this article, we’ve looked at some of the best glues for aluminum, along with what to look for when buying one and covering some frequently asked questions. While there are numerous quality options for gluing aluminum, the best glue is going to come down to the type of job you have at hand. The 7 glues reviewed on this page represent the best options on the market according to our research.
If we have to choose one glue to rate as the overall best glue for aluminum, our choice is the Star Brite Putty Stick, which provides a super fast and strong bond, and is easy to use.
Yes, most of the time, you can use the glue on other materials, as well as aluminum. However, it’s always best to check this before using it on another material, just in case. If you’re wanting a glue that you can use on aluminum and other materials, then here at Cleaning King, we would recommend finding a glue that does offer use on a variety of different materials, so you know it can be used for multiple things.
This all depends on the glue you’re buying and we believe that it’s important to look into this, before purchasing one. If you’re wanting a glue that is UV resistant, than make sure to make this one of your priorities, when looking for the right one for you.
Yes, this is a fairly common thing to do. It’s something simple that bonds it and can easily be done yourself and at home. All you need to do is find the right glue for the purpose of what you need it for and make sure it covers all the factors that you want from the glue. A lot of the time, the glue will also come with an applicator, making it easier to use and glue the material.
Using glue for aluminum, is probably the best solution for personal and at home use. When being used for professional use, there are other options available that might work better than the gluing method. However, for those wanting to buy something that they can use themselves, glue is a great option for this. It’s easy to buy and use and something that you can easily do yourself.
There are a variety of ways you can bond aluminum together that include welding, mechanical fasteners, brazing and soldering. All of these are mainly for professional use only and you would have to be trained up and have this equipment, to be able to bond aluminum in any of these ways. This is why glue is a common method that is used, as it can easily be bought and used by yourself and at home, without the need of any training or equipment.
Yes, it’s so easy to use the glue yourself. Here at Cleaning King, we believe this is one of the safest and easiest ways to bond or fix aluminum. The glue can easily be purchased online or at shops and then took home for you to use on the aluminum, yourself. There is no need to any training or special equipment to do this either, making it a lot quicker and easier to do. We believe that the important thing to do is to find the right glue and strength for what you need it for and you should be faced with very little problems, along with being able to apply it to the aluminum easily.