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Rog Tallbloke
(tallbloke) - F

Locale: DON'T LOOK DOWN!!
Heat sealing very thin polythene on 06/02/2009 00:40:04 MDT Print View

I need to do some 8' long seams on painters dust sheet. Any advice on technique and equipment welcome.

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Plastic sheet seams on 06/02/2009 15:52:06 MDT Print View

Cheap way - careful use of hot knife (quickly, do not linger at a spot) will work if you have a hot knife.

Spinnaker or kite double sided tape will also work but is much more expensive. Less fancy double sided tape would probably also work.

You could try a sewing machine if the plastic is not too flimsy. I tried this recently with polychro and was very pleased with result on test material

Kevin Beeden
(captain_paranoia) - F

Locale: UK
heat sealer on 06/03/2009 05:45:11 MDT Print View

I recall seeing a battery-powered bag sealer in my local 99p Store. It had a heated element, and you ran the bag through this element. It's quite a common technique; the element is usually a wire over what appears to be a woven glass fibre strip, with a mating strip above.

I'd look in kitchenware departments...

Edited by captain_paranoia on 06/03/2009 05:50:29 MDT.

Rog Tallbloke
(tallbloke) - F

Locale: DON'T LOOK DOWN!!
Re: Heat sealing very thin polythene on 06/03/2009 06:28:15 MDT Print View

I'm going with double sided tape, after a messy excursion with the silicone gun. Thanks for the suggestions.

Kevin Beeden
(captain_paranoia) - F

Locale: UK
an example heat sealer on 06/03/2009 13:00:41 MDT Print View

For future reference, perhaps:

Portable Heat Sealer, £1.82

Can't vouch for its efficacy, mind...

Google did the job.

Rog Tallbloke
(tallbloke) - F

Locale: DON'T LOOK DOWN!!
Re: an example heat sealer on 06/03/2009 13:42:26 MDT Print View

Thanks Kevin, trying to use it to do 22' of airtight sealing might be a tad frustrating I feel.