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Hey guys I purchased a large printed vinyl banner (3050mm x 766mm). Due to cost reasons, I want to glue this banner to an aluminum sign and it looks like it is coated, maybe plastic or laminate. I’m located in Australia. Which glue should I use to adhere this banner to the sign? It is outdoor and I don’t want glue to damage the print either.

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    If the printing is on the front of the vinyl and you want to glue the back, I wouldn't worry about the print being affected by any type of adhesive. How long does it need to last? Will it be in a lot of sun? The vinyl, itself, will deteriorate pretty quickly in a lot of sunlight. Rain could affect the adhesive at the edges, and heat (even in cold weather, sunlight can really heat a surface), will soften many adhesives and deteriorate them over time.
    – fixer1234
    Jan 20, 2021 at 1:42
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    Does this answer your question? Which adhesives work well when gluing vinyl to plastic?
    – Elmy
    Jan 20, 2021 at 6:51
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    @Elmy, there's an answer there that might work, but not necessarily the best solution for this application. Applying a smooth layer of silicone caulk can be difficult, and generally, holding up to the elements and sunlight heating outside is different from a decoration inside. While an answer there might coincidentally work, it seems better to elicit recommendations tailored to the specific requirements. The requirements are different enough that I'd vote to keep these separate questions.
    – fixer1234
    Jan 22, 2021 at 19:13

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I'm supposing you'll leave it outdoors.

You'll need a strong glue like Gorilla Glue that is resistant to the most dramatic climates in the world (I know this from experience).
This glue does not affect the banner at all. One thing though, do not use too much glue! "Dot, dot, not a lot". This glue expands 3 times, so be careful!

This glue can be used for everything.

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  • @everyone remember the question I made about 'how to fix the foxing of a shoe"? I used this glue, now the end of the shoe feels like concrete :(
    – Isaac750
    May 14, 2021 at 3:49
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    Also: when you talk about experience, it's good practice to go into some pertinent detail about that experience. And how do you know this glue can be used for everything? And it's okay to mention a brand and type of product if you're talking about a specific one. If that link disappears or is 'unvisitable', others have no idea what glue you're talking about.
    – Joachim
    May 14, 2021 at 7:05
  • @Joachim is the link working now?
    – Isaac750
    May 14, 2021 at 14:12
  • ...and yes, i did check it
    – Isaac750
    May 14, 2021 at 14:13
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    Gorilla Glue is strong and waterproof, and sticks well to most common materials, but it probably wouldn't be a good choice for this application for other reasons. It would be a mess to spread uniformly on a big surface. It also expands, which could lead to a bumpy surface on the banner (that would not be fixable). Applying dots of it around the surface would leave the surface covered with mounds when it cures.
    – fixer1234
    Oct 27, 2021 at 21:33

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