How do you glue fake leather to PVC? Without having to buy something expensive (as in under $10) :D?

Im making a handle for a project, and I recently found some fake leather in my basement, so i want to glue it to the PVC pipe to give it a more authentic look.

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gregsal6 years ago
Diyoutdoorsman is correct - "Contact cement" is probably the best all around adhesive, but rather unforgiving - once it's stuck down that's it! no repositioning is possible because when used correctly it bonds instantly. You have to be sure, when wrapping an object, that you don't get air bubbles trapped underneath.
another drawback is that it usually comes in pint cans or larger, so may not be in your budget.
You may be able to find a tube of something similar - "weatherstrip adhesive" that behaves very much like contact adhesive, but comes in a tube - for about $6.00 at your local auto parts store.

both of these adhesives are "Cohesive" - they stick to themselves. In practice, both surfaces to be joined are coated with adhesive and allowed to dry - "tack free" (usually around 15 minutes) you can then handle the pieces. You carefully bring the two coated surfaces together and an instant bond is acheived. practice first on some scrap material to get a "feel" for the behavior of the adhesive.

You will find Contact cement to be one of the handiest adhesives to have around the house - be sure to place the lid on tightly as soon as you have your pieces coated though - solvent evaporation will cause your can to become unusable quickly if you're not careful and leave the lid off.


I have found GOOP products to be excellent adhesive - it gives you a bit of working time so you can get out any air bubbles that may be trapped, and once it dries it's very strong.

Don't buy "Rubber cement" - it is weak and usually used for glueing rubber to rubber only, or for paper projects - that's why you'll find it in a stationary store.

Good luck!
meburnfire (author)  gregsal6 years ago
What kind of GOOP do you recommend? as there are 3 varieties that i can find - Marine, Plumbing and craft. Which one would be the strongest?
There are actually only 2 formulas for goop and the differences are minor, so ANY goop should work quite well.

Here's something I found through a little digging (quoting another source):

"There are a few different types of Goop products made by Eclectic Products Inc and here’s what I’ve found from their site’s spec sheet…

Goop, “Amazing” Goop, Plumbing Goop, Household Goop, Automotive Goop are all made with the same formula.

Marine Goop, Sports & Outdoor Goop, and Lawn & Garden Goop are made of the same formula.

The only differences between the two groups are as follows…

1) Marine Goop group has UV protection built in, lesser tensile strength “Tensile strength 3500 lb/in2 (ASTM D-412)”, and VOC 498 gram/liter.

2) Amazing Goop group no UV protection (although the company and the package said to paint over it to protect it from UV ray), has higher tensile strength “Tensile strength 3800 lb/in2 (ASTM D-412)”, and a VOC 476 gram/liter. Other than that, both groups have the same formula!"
caarntedd6 years ago
See the other answers. I use contact cement all the time. It would be perfect for this project. If you use it properly, it will never come off. (make sure you line it up right before you stick it, it bonds on contact, and trying to adjust it will ruin the job).
Burf is correct. Sometimes it's called contact cement. Just brush on a thin coat of cement on each piece, wait until both sides are tacky and then press them together.
Burf6 years ago
Just regular old rubber cement. Rough up the PVC with sandpaper and coat both pieces with the rubber cement and sticke 'em together when the glue gets tacky. It'll cost you a couple of dollars, for a small bottle, at almost any store that sells school and office supplies.