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Gluing fabric to metal: Two techniques to try at home

Gluing fabric to metal is easier than you think. This guide covers two simple techniques, showing you how to attach fabric to metal with all-purpose glue and spray adhesive.

Gluing fabric to metal: The basics

When it comes to gluing fabric to metal, you have a few different options. However, bear in mind that fabric and metal are an unusual combination, so the glues you usually use may not be suitable. 

For example, while super glue is effective for most materials, it’s not a great match for fabric. Super glue and other liquid glues may stain the material. These adhesives are also difficult to apply evenly, so you might end up with a less than perfect result.

Instead, try one of these glues for gluing fabric to metal:

  • all-purpose glues
  • spray adhesives
  • fabric adhesives
  • epoxy glues

In this guide, we’ll show you how to glue fabric to metal with all-purpose glues and spray adhesive. They’re the best options for most projects, as they’re versatile and easy to use.

Alternatively, you can use a fabric adhesive for gluing fabric to metal. This kind of glue is specially formulated for fabrics, so there’s no risk of it damaging the material.

Epoxy glue can also come in handy, especially if you’re working with heavy materials, as it’s extremely strong. But bear in mind that epoxy glue requires a little extra time to apply and can take a while to dry.

So, before you begin, think carefully about your project, and read the product instructions to make sure the adhesive meets all your requirements.

When you’re ready to get started, check out the section below and find out how to attach fabric to metal, step by step.

How to glue fabric to metal: All-purpose glue

You can use all-purpose glue like UniBond Contact Gel Adhesive for most projects that involve gluing fabric to metal, from crafts to DIY repairs. As the name suggests, it is a very versatile product, and compatible with most materials.

This is how to glue fabric to metal with all-purpose glue:

  1. Prepare the materials. Both the fabric and metal should be clean and dry. Pre-fit the pieces and check that you’re happy with the positioning before you start gluing.
  2. Apply the all-purpose glue. Squeeze a small amount of glue onto one of the surfaces. Then press the surfaces together immediately and keep them held in position until they have bonded.
  3. Leave to dry. Avoid using the object until the glue has fully cured. Check the manufacturer’s instructions for information about dry time.
  4. Remove excess glue. Remove any excess glue immediately with a damp cloth or tissue. If the glue has already dried, you can carefully scrape it off with a blade, or use acetone. However, keep in mind that acetone can cause damage and discolouration.
  5. Clean up. Store the glue in a cool, dry place. Wash your hands.

Remember to take safety precautions when using adhesives. Work in a well-ventilated room, and preferably wear gloves to protect your hands.

You should also check the manufacturer's instructions before you begin, so you’re aware of any other information or recommendations specific to your product.

How to glue fabric to metal: Spray adhesive

If you’re working with large pieces of material, you may want to consider using spray adhesives instead. 

The advantage of using spray adhesive is that it speeds up the process, allowing you to cover large surface areas quickly.

Here’s how to attach fabric to metal with spray adhesive:

  1. Prepare your workspace and materials. Cover the work surface with scrap paper. Make sure both the metal and fabric surfaces are completely clean and dry. Then pre-fit the pieces.
  2. Apply the spray adhesive. Shake the can vigorously several times. Holding it vertically about 10 inches away, spray across both surfaces, applying a medium coat of adhesive. Keep moving the can to apply the adhesive evenly.
  3. Wait for a few minutes. To create an even stronger bond, let the adhesive dry to tack, which may take up to 10 minutes. Then press the surfaces together.
  4. Wait for the adhesive to dry. Once the surfaces have been joined, wait for about 5-10 minutes, allowing the adhesive to dry. Avoid using the object until you’re sure the adhesive has fully dried.
  5. Clean up. Hold the spray adhesive can upside down and spray for a couple of seconds to clear the nozzle. Then store the adhesive in a cool, dry place.

Now you know how to glue fabric to metal in two different ways, you’re prepared for any project!

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