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Old 01-21-2008, 07:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default glue for coke can segments?

I have this crazy idea I need to use coke can pieces for. Will CA work or do I need to use something different?
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Old 01-21-2008, 07:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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CA should work fine. Rough it up with sandpaper first as there is a waxy coating. If you search you should find some of notes on this method. I know my brother posted and it was discussed under one of his threads(rsx1974) and there is others.
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Old 01-22-2008, 02:06 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I never tried CA but I do know that 2 part epoxy works well with coke can aluminium.:)
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We have had no problem with CA, but you need to ruff up the aluminum with sand paper first. Oily woods can sometimes be a bear.

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I have used CA although I want to try a polyurethane glue some time. Make sure you sand all the label off the coke can. There is a chance it may show on the finished pen if you hold it at just the right angle. DAMHIKT [:I]

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Thanks, I think I'll try the CA for round 1.
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CA glue works fine. I use the thick. You will need to sand the can down to remove any contaminates and roughen up the surface. Be cautious during sanding after the blank is glued up. Excessive heat will soft the CA glue. I’ve only see an issue when sanding edges of the blank to re-square it.
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Coke cans have a wax coating on the inside of the can, to prevent the coke from attacking the can, and from contaminants from the can giving the coke an off taste..

When we used coke cans as a source of aluminium during a chemistry experiment in high school, the only ones who were able to get the experiment to work were the ones that scraped the coke cans first with a knife to remove the wax.

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One thing to note, and I learned the hard way. If you're using it for segmenting, then drilling a pen blank, watch when drilling. I was using a brad point, and once the lips cut through, the small aluminum disk won't come up the flutes of the bit, and you can end up blowing the glue joint apart if you keep pushing... stop and clean the metal off each time you cut through one.

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