UV Bonding is a process whereby, typically two pieces of glass are glued together using a UV curing adhesive, which is cured by a UV light.
“The advantage UV Bonding is that there is no extra curing time needed for the “glued” carcass or “glued” metal fittings and can be used straight after the curing has reached curing time. This is typically anywhere from a minute to 3 minutes, depending on the strength of the UV lamp”
Metal parts such as Stainless steel or aluminium hinges, knobs and locks are also UV Bonded to the glass which delivers that excellent look and feel!
The “glued” joints are also stronger than any other types of adhesive on the market today and provides excellent rigidity when building showcases etc.
“In today’s fast and ever changing world of design perfection, it would be unthinkable not to utilize the UV bonding technique in ones designs or applications”
UV activator is a chemical product that is used when bonding a metal part to a glass surface where the UV light cannot be used. This is generally on very dark “colored” glass, laminated glass or where one cannot project the UV light behind the glass
Glass used in the UV bonding technique should be “Toughened” glass & can be seen as the glass will have some type of logo on the surface or on the edge of the glass.
Glass used for UV Bonding MUST have bright polished edges to achieve the desired results when bonding and is typically processed on a Straight Line Polisher or CNC machine.
Typically toughened glass is used where there is no metal or wood frame keeping the glass in place on the outside which obviously adds strength to that glass panel.
Typical UV Bonded showcase mounted on a wooden cabinet