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Sticking aluminium to glass

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I'm making an enclosure for small mammals out of an old 4 foot tank, but one of the panels in the tank is missing.

I was thinking about making a frame out of the aluminium "connect it" range found in Bunnings; how would I go about sticking the aluminium to the glass?

Would silicone do the trick or is there something else?
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Thanks for your post @Velxunai and welcome to Workshop. It's great to have you join the community. I hope you find plenty of useful information and advice here, and have some fun. I also hope a Workshop member can assist with your tank. Good luck with the project, and I look forward to reading about some of your other projects and plans. 

 

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I would try something like silicone caulk. You would need to make sure you have a clean surface first, and maybe even consider roughing up the glass with wet/dry sandpaper to help it bond.

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Instead of using "Connect It", perhaps this instead, & as suggested silicone adhesive:

http://www.bunnings.com.au/metal-mate-12-x-12-x-1-4mm-3m-aluminium-equal-angle_p1079519
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@Velxunai Selleys make a liquid nails construction adhesive that is specifically designed for mirrors, metal and glass.

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Thanks everyone! All this advice have been hugely helpful. I suppose using the aluminium angle would be cheaper than the connect it range so that definitely makes sense. I look forward to starting this project as its been in my garage for a few weeks now

I'll post pics of the process when I've completed it.
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Way cool Velxunal, & thanks for the heads up about the alluminium angle extrusion. I'm all about DIYers saving money, because that's how I've operated, & it's very rewarding to do a great job for the least expenditure, but without compromise.

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How is this project going @Velxunai?

 

Be great to see some photos when you have a chance.

 

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Unfortunately I was forced to throw away the tank I was going to do this project with. We found ourselves needing to move and there was no place for me to keep such a big project

I hope I get to do something similar one day so I can produce photos of it.

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