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How to glue PVC: Top DIY tips and tricks

Need to learn how to glue PVC, stat? Read on to learn all about the glues you can use – and how to use them – with this easy-to-follow guide.

Repair household objects with PVC glue 

Did you know that PVC is used to manufacture many common household objects? Anything from toys, shower curtains, upholstery, patio furniture and more are made from PVC. Plus, a variety of DIY projects use PVC products such as trim boards or piping. Thankfully, learning how to use PVC glue for repairs is as easy as ABC – once you’ve selected the right glue, that is.

How to glue PVC: Choosing the right adhesive

When repairing household objects made from PVC, we recommend using a versatile, solvent-free adhesive like Loctite’s Super Glue All Plastics. The rapid dual-action adhesive is specially designed to produce strong, invisible bonds – fast. Here’s how to use PVC glue for household repairs:

  1. Ensure both surfaces of the object are clean, dry and close-fitting.
  2. Using the Surface Activator like a pen, apply a little to both surfaces and wait approximately one minute to dry.
  3. Unscrew the glue cap.
  4. Carefully squeeze a small drop of adhesive onto one surface of the broken object.
  5. Press the surfaces together. Once set, it’ll be good as new!

For gluing larger PVC objects like trim boards, a specially designed, high-quality PVC glue cement is the best choice. These solvent-based adhesives are powerful, durable, and particularly effective in creating the strong, solid bonds that PVC requires. If you need to bond PVC to another material like wood, we recommend selecting a strong construction glue.

When learning how to glue PVC together and you’re in doubt about whether an adhesive is compatible with PVC, make sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions.

How to glue PVC boards together: Step-by-step 

Ready to install PVC trim boards in or around your home? Learning how to use PVC glue is easier than you think. Here’s what to do:

  1. Choose the right construction adhesive or PVC cement for the materials you’re working with.
  2. Prepare a safe workspace. This includes safety goggles and gloves, tools to fasten and/or clamp the boards to the wall, a damp cloth or rag, and a chisel to remove any cured excess adhesive.
  3. Prepare your trim boards for installation, ensuring all surfaces that require adhesive are smooth and clean. This will improve the longevity of the boards. 
  4. Apply a thin layer of construction adhesive to the trim board. 
  5. Apply a thin layer of PVC cement to the joint. This will help strengthen the bonds between the adjoining trim boards. 
  6. Carefully press the trim board firmly into place and clamp it into place or fasten it with nails or screws. 
  7. Remove any excess adhesive with a damp cloth (if still wet) or a chisel (if cured).

And there you have it – this is how you glue PVC boards together!