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Is there a good glue that is not effected by cold temps? Answered

The stone attached to one of my husbands tie tacks came off--it was glued on.  I think the reason it came off is that he was out in the cold a lot that day.  Does this sound reasonable?  Is there a glue out there somewhere that is not effected by temperatures?
Thanks in advance!

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KerryW32

24 days ago

There’s a website called www.thistothat.com where you can search what type of glue / adhesive you need to bond whatever types of materials you need to put together.

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poofrabbit

7 years ago

Part of this would come down to what the metal is and what the stone is. I have used E6000 on many items, and it works well in all weather as well on most materials. It stinks to high heaven until dry however.

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Jack A Lopez

8 years ago

Ha! That reminds me of a cold-weather-glue-failure event I witnessed one time. The artifact in question was a cheaply made aftermarket side-mirror replacement, that I had attached to the passenger side door of an old pickup truck. (The factory original mirror got smashed against a mailbox, but that's another story.)

Anyway, the weather was cold and clear, as I was driving down the highway there.  I think I had the passenger window open.  I forget why.  The on-board heat might have not even worked on that truck...  Anyway, I was driving down the highway, when I heard this strange sound, sort of a "tink-tink", or a "plink-plink", sort of high pitched, strange. 

I looked into my side mirror to see if I could get a glimpse of what made that sound, and I found myself staring at four little spots, crudely the corners of a rectangle, four little spots of hard, cold,  useless, glue of some kind, inside the empty plastic enclosure of what used to be my side-mirror.  The mirror piece itself had of course gone, "Foop! Tink-tink-tink, " and smashed itself to pieces on the side of the road!

I just laughed!  Stoopid piece of junk!  That was years ago.  The pieces of mirror have probably turned back into sand by now.

Anyway, I have no idea what kind of glue you should be using.  Sorry I can't be of any help there, but I just wanted to say your hypothesis sounds very believable.  Certain kinds of glue bonds do fail in cold weather.

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framistan

8 years ago

a really good glue that wil flex during minor stresses such as temperature extremes... or vibration... is SILICONE glue. it comes in several colors including "semi"-clear. It will adhere to any clean dry surface including glass. It takes about overnight to cure though.

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lemonie

8 years ago

I'm not convinced that it was cold, but thermal-cycling / thermal-stress would fit.
If it is thermal you would need a flexible glue like latex or silicone-sealant.


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kelseymh

8 years ago

Yes, there certainly are.

You probably want to start by searching for adhesives to bond stone/glass/ceramic to metal (I guess). You may need to do multiple searches.

Once you have a few options, check their data sheets for temperature ranges. The options will also give you useful keywords (brands or chemical constituents) which you can then use for subsequent searches.