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RT Firefly 10-26-2015 10:09 AM

Polyethylene tarp glue/cement
 
Greetings,
As the title says, I would like to glue up some blue tarp for a few small projects I'm, contemplating (covering boxes and beams). Joinment need only be semi-permanent but able to withstand some shear force.
Did a Google and yes, there are some exotics available but I'm looking more for a Lowes/HD solution (quick and dirty AND cheap). Thanks in advance...

Bacchus 10-26-2015 10:49 AM

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Originally Posted by RT Firefly (Post 382567)
Greetings,
I'm looking more for a Lowes/HD solution (quick and dirty AND cheap). Thanks in advance...

RT F
How about packaging tape or duct / Gorilla tape
if you need a little more strength. If you need even more strength - cable tie @ the grommets & tape seam.
These will also allow removal & reuse of tarps if you want.

RT Firefly 10-26-2015 11:31 AM

Greetings,
Mr. B. So far I've tried: Packing tape, duct tape, PVC pipe cement, hot glue gun and that white tape used for shrink wrapping. Nada! I'm using pieces of tarp to gift wrap, as it were, some cardboard boxes so no grommets. One possible alternative is elastic cord but I'd like to keep the outsides as smooth and snag-proof as feasible. Thanks.

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rardoin 10-26-2015 11:48 AM

How about good old contact cement and a small roller to roll it on?

Possibly spray adhesive for headliners?

Wanderin Star 10-26-2015 12:06 PM

glue cement
 
RTFF: I have some tape as a suggestion for you but it does go a bit outside the "cheap" parameter, but if it works it's probably less than all the other stuff you've tried combined. It's an almost clear tape made by Du Pont called TYVEK and it's primary use is to seal the seams between sheets of foam insulation house wrap. Holds ANYthing. And waterproof. I keep a roll on hand for really tough things. Got it at Lowes in the house siding section. There is a phone number inside the roll, assume it's DuPont's tape division. 800-44 TYVEK. Hope this helps.

Bacchus 10-26-2015 02:20 PM

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Originally Posted by RT Firefly (Post 382584)
Greetings,
Mr. B. So far I've tried: Packing tape, duct tape, PVC pipe cement, hot glue gun and that white tape used for shrink wrapping. Nada!

Wow... I've had some problems w/ pkg tape on clear poly sheet but you've exceeded my wildest dreams... I'm guessing some sort of film of release mat'l on the surface - but guessing only!

I have been able to use that fiber reinforced pkg tape when the clear didn't work.
There is Poly tarp tape available but I've never seen anything Gorilla tape wouldn't stick to - have you tried an alcohol wipe before tape / glue?

This video also shows vinyl cement working?

And here's one that is reported to work as well Hilltronix H-200

hmason 10-26-2015 03:02 PM

4200/5200

cappy208 10-26-2015 03:53 PM

Sew it into a cube with a flap. Then use the shrink wrap tape. Double sided to hide the seam. Single sided to cover over.

HopCar 10-26-2015 09:55 PM

3M Double faced mounting tape. 3M VHB double faced tape is even stronger.

jleonard 10-27-2015 09:36 AM

Gee I've had pretty good luck with the white shrink wrap tape.
Can you use staples?

RT Firefly 10-29-2015 08:41 AM

Greetings,
Thanks for all the suggestions. I think I may have found the solution thanks to Mr. B. I wiped down the area to be sealed with brake cleaner then rubbing alcohol. I had a new roll of shrink wrap tape and applied that (tried an old roll previously) and it appears to be doing the job. I suspect my initial failure may have been due to surface contamination on the used tarp and "tired" tape. Again, thanks for the help. I'll file the information for future reference.

HeadMistress 10-29-2015 11:22 AM

If that doesn't work, here's suggestion #498: Buy a grommet tool kit (there are a zillion of 'em on Amazon from $9.95 up)....install grommets, then lash the edges of the tear together using nylon line. You can also install grommets where needed to run line through to secure the tarp.

Oceania 10-30-2015 06:25 AM

You can buy red tape used to seal house wrap. It'll stick anything and is permanent.


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