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Durable Adhesive for Mesh to Aluminum without Screws

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If I were to cut a hole on top of my case and put a mesh panel behind it, what is the best way to go about this without screws? I also would like to hang a 360 radiator on the mesh. Probably a long shot, but I guess I'll ask the community first. Quick doodle:


The mesh is drawn a little small. There will be a bigger area around the rad, but that is the general feel.
post #2 of 49
I would use some sort of high quality epoxy. Just go to the local hardware store and see what they have. If you mix epoxy glue correctly it is very strong stuff.

I'm having trouble understanding how you will mount the radiator though. If there are not going to be any screws penetrating the outside of the case what will hold the radiator to the mesh?
    
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Will epoxy be enough to hold up a 360 radiator? I've researched a little and have come up with a couple solutions:

1. Bondo
2. Epoxy
3. JB Weld

I just don't know which to use, which is better, which won't buckle under vibrations or heat.
post #4 of 49
JB weld is an epoxy. Epoxy actually stands for an entire class of glue. Epoxy explains the chemical reaction that goes on to harden the glue. I'm guessing that "Epoxy" brand is a generic brand.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epoxy

You start with two substances, mix them together, and then the reaction starts. You have a few minutes maximum to apply the glue before it is too hard to work with.

If you get JB weld make sure to keep track of what lid is what. If you put Lid A on jar B and vice versa you get 2 lids that are glued on solid and impossible to remove. I know because I've done it before...

JB weld is good stuff. It comes in rather large quantities though. Probably 10X more than you need. A small tube of generic epoxy will probably do the job and be a lot cheaper. Just be sure to mix it before application if it comes in a tube like this.



You can't just squirt it directly onto the surface. It works better if you use a wooden stick to mix it up on a piece of scratch paper or cardboard first. Then use the stick to apply it. Just remember to work fast. You only have a few minutes. If you want more time you can cool the glue down. The reaction partially depends on heat, so if you cool the glue down it will harden slower and you will have more time to work with it.

I recommend getting a scrap of cardboard. Squirt out a generous quantity of glue (more than you think you will need). Mix it up well with some sort of stick by stirring it on the surface of the cardboard. Then use that stick to scoop it and spread it on the surface you wish to glue.

And yes I think it is plenty strong to hold a radiator. Fun fact, the Lotus Elise and Lotus Exige sports cars are epoxy glued together instead of welded to save weight. They are also aluminum.

Have fun glueing! Fair warning though. Epoxy stinks. Nothing terrible though, but it isn't great smelling. It goes away once the glue is set.
    
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3M #4010 clear double sided tape.
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Sweet. Thanks for the information. Sounds like I will be getting down and dirty with epoxy. And it sounds like I will be using JB Weld. If you have any other better product, please say so. Thanks again

EDIT: I was thinking about using 4010 Smasher, but I didn't know if it would be strong and long lasting enough to hold up a 360 rad.
Edited by Blue Marker - 4/7/11 at 2:54pm
post #7 of 49
I wouldn't want to risk just using glue. Radiators are heavy especially full of water.

Plus you won't get the radiator off again....

I would say rig something up to support from beneath. You will be having fans I assume?
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post #8 of 49
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Yep, I will be having three fans blowing up and out of the case. The radiator will actually be screwed onto the mesh. I just don't want the mesh screwed onto the case.
post #9 of 49
If the 4010 will hold a 15 lb Dell computer to a window in a building, I think a rad should be child's play
post #10 of 49
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Even if the mesh has less surface area because of the holes? Not trying to get all mouthy, just trying to cover all possible issues.
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