Besides gluing or epoxing one metal part to another metal part (metal to metal), is it possible to tape them together?

I am interested in, possibly, finding a special kind of tape that can bond metal together. Where could I find such a tape? So, instead of using glue or epoxy to bond metal together, are there special kinds of tapes that could do this? Perhaps a special kind of duct tape? 

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Kiteman6 months ago

You're asking a lot of questions about materials and fixing - it would probably be easier to gather the whole thing into one forum topic, and explain what you are trying to build.

That way you will get much more useful help without the people helping you having to quiz you in turn.

Click here:

coolcarl89 (author) 6 months ago

I would like to say thanks for all the responses. I will look into all of them.

What are you taping together. What environment do you want to use it in i.e. heat/cold/outside/inside etc.

There are many things that could be suggested, but given how or where you want to use it, it might not work.

Please elaborate.

coolcarl89 (author)  GhengisKhan19816 months ago
I am looking for something that can withstand all weather conditions. I am taping together steel common nails (hardware nails) and cardboard.

Um... cardboard won't "withstand all weather conditions"...

coolcarl89 (author)  Kiteman6 months ago

I am pretty sure I didn't mention that cardboard can stand up in all weather conditions. I am specifically asking about tape that is able to.

Since you want the tape that sticks the card to nails to withstand all weather conditions, it stands to reason that you want the card (& nails) to withstand the same.

See my comment about a forum topic - it makes sense.

coolcarl89 (author)  Kiteman6 months ago

When I say that I am looking for tape that can withstand all weather conditions, I am simply looking for the strongest tape that can handle the toughest outdoor conditions. It's as simple as that. I don't need a forum. I know exactly what I want to do. I am just looking for tape that can hold nails together extremely well in the toughest outdoor conditions as well as wrapping it around the cardboard to make it stronger/more durable in those conditions. In your comment, it seems like your trying to see how smart I am. Once again, I never said that cardboard by itself can handle all weather conditions. I am working on a project where I want to wrap the strongest tape that I can find around the whole cardboard piece ( as well as the nails) to have it hold up in the toughest weather conditions (or all weather conditions if possible). The whole project is made out of cardboard, and I want to wrap the tape around the whole project. I don't need a forum topic. I am asking specific questions about the strongest materials/tools that I can find.

I don't think anyone is trying to antagonize you. Sorry if you feel that way. The issue is.......there are so many products on the market and each of them are for various different applications, so having a clearer view of what you are trying to achieve makes it a bit easier to help you out.

Not sure if it will fit your needs, but there is also a glue that can be sprayed on with a normal spray gun and it dries clear. Some sculptors use this. Not sure what it's called but you can google it

coolcarl89 (author)  Kiteman6 months ago

I am working on a couple of cardboard cutout sculptures of different people and animals. The sculptures are thin cutouts made out of corrugated cardboard. On the back of the sculptures I've glued nails to make them more sturdy. I then want to proceed to wrap the strongest tape that I can find around the whole sculpture, to make them stronger and more durable. Especially in the toughest outdoor conditions. I don't think I need a forum for something as simple as this. Even if I don't mention the project that I am working on, why is it so hard for people to list the strongest tape that one can use to wrap around cardboard to make it stronger/more durable. I also just want to find out what the strongest tape is for bonding two nails together (or two metal pipes as another example).

I think this will work.....stuff sticks like all hell, but there is no way to be sure, your application is still a bit unclear.

Jack A Lopez6 months ago

I recently saw a 5 minute infomercial for a product called, "Fiberfix(r)", on Youtube. I'll link to this below. In spite of watching the whole awful video, I still do not know what materials this water-activated tape is actually made of. Besides glass fibers. I think glass fibers were mentioned.

If anyone reading this knows what this stuff is actually made of, please reply, because I am kind of curious about that.

that fiberfix looks like great stuff. Of course you're gonna pay top dollar. I estimate they used $10k on tape for that car stunt.

It's funny how I always want to know what it's made of.

Although, actually knowing what something is made of is not always helpful.

I mean, obviously Fiberfix(r) is made of some sort of space-age, gee-whiz, technical magic, amirite?

"...because it uses fiberglass technology," heard at 2m+45s, in the infomerical video, I linked to previously.

That old TV show, The Simpsons, often used the disclosure of technical details, particularly about factory produced food, as a source of humor.

Wiggum: Quarter Pounder with cheese? Well, I can picture the cheese,
but, uh, do they have Krusty partially gelatinated non-dairy
gum-based beverages?
Lou: Mm-hm. They call 'em, "shakes."
Eddie: Huh, shakes. You don't know what you're gettin'.

Quote copied from
[3F18] 22 Short Films About Springfield

I mean, suppose you knew that Fiberfix(r) was actually made of, "... a fiberglass substrate, pre-impregnated with a polyisocyanate resin which cures into a hard polyurea upon contact with water or atmospheric moisture." Does that information actually help, if all you want to do is fix a broken bicycle frame, or shovel handle, or whatever?

Better questions are, "How much does it cost?", and, "Where can I get some?"

By the way, I still do not actually know what Fiberfix(r) tape is made of. The quote about polyisocyanate resin, that is from US patent 6543487, titled, "Method of securing a curing composite substrate wrap to a structure", here

The original assignee for that patent, is the " Air Logistics Corporation", not "Fiber Fix International LLC"

Although, Fiber Fix International applied for a patent. I mean I found this US patent application, 20140041793,
In fact that's the document I found first, and it was in that application where I found a reference to Air Logistics' patent.

That patent, 6543487, mentioned a brand name material called, "Aquapreg(r)", and searching for that led me to, Aquawrap(r), this product page,

To me, this Aquawrap(r) stuff, looks very similar to Fiberfix(r), essentially rolls of some kind of tape, activated with water, that can be used for fixing holes in pipes.

It also comes in a sealed mylar bag, and I am guessing that sealed bag is necessary because otherwise atmospheric moisture would cause the stuff to cure, while sitting on the shelf.

Also guessing that a consequence of this, is that there is no way to use half of roll, and save the other half for use later (like you could with ordinary tape, like duct tape). Once the bag has been unsealed, it is probably only a matter of hours before the whole roll cures rock hard.

Yonatan246 months ago

Welding sounds the best, but...

steveastrouk6 months ago

There is an interface tape called 3M VHB, it is an acrylic foam tape which is used to assemble buses....its very strong

rickharris6 months ago

How strong do you need the bond to be is a BIG question.

double sided carpet tape is about as strong as tape gets.

You could pop rivet




the parts together though much stronger.