Listed below are many choices for bonding nylon. However, the highest strength bonds, by far are achieved with our NEW Patent Pending Permabond TA4660 Structural Acrylic Adhesive. Read more about Permabond TA4660
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Polyamide (commonly called Nylon which is a DuPont tradename), is a thermoplastic material. It is popular in a number of applications across various industries. Special blends are often available with features such as high lubricity, flexibility, and flame retardant properties. Often, Nylon is glass-filled to give extra strength and stiffness properties. It often has a “silky” appearance and it has quite a high melting point. This makes it a popular material for engineering applications.
Sometimes bonding Nylon is difficult because the surface can have a “greasy” feel to it (due to slip additives). Even wiping the Polyamide surface clean with an alcohol-based cleaner will show little improvement. This is because the slip additives continue to migrate to the surface. It is possible to “dry-out” Nylon before bonding – leaving it in the oven at 60°C for several hours or overnight will reduce this issue.
It is a good idea to give surfaces a wipe off with a clean rag and isopropanol alcohol to remove any processing lubricants, dust, grease or other contamination. Mechanical abrasion (e.g. using gritpaper, wire wool, red Scotchbrite etc.) will help increase mechanical keying of the industrial adhesive and improve bond strength.
Anaerobic adhesives: These are limited to specific co-axial or threaded, close fitting joints and require a reactive metal surface to trigger the cure (or use of an anaerobic activator). They are a good choice for threadlocking or sealing but not suitable for bonding Nylon structural joints.
Cyanoacrylate adhesives: These work well on Nylon parts, but we recommend accelerated aging tests to check long term durability on certain blends of Polyamide. We do not recommend using a polyolefin primer on the surface before bonding as it shows no increase in strength.
Epoxy adhesives: Consider choosing a softer, more flexible epoxy for bonding Nylon, as Nylon is a fairly soft material.
Two-part polyurethane adhesives: These work very well when bonding Nylon, especially as they are fairly flexible and have high peel strength.
Structural acrylic adhesives (including methyl methacrylates): These industrial adhesives work well on most Polyamide blends, combining both rapid bond strength development with high structural strength.
UV-cure adhesives: Generally not recommended for bonding Nylon, as Nylon blocks UV light and would prevent proper curing. If curing through a clear substrate onto Nylon then consider UV.
For more information on bonding Nylon (Polyamide) or other industrial adhesive questions, please contact the Permabond technical team here.