The Basics of UV Bonding Glass
Here at CBD Glass, we make our glass using a lot of interesting techniques, such as thermoforming, which we explained in a previous blog post. In addition to those techniques, we also use various technologies to make sure our glass is well-designed and exactly to our customers’ specifications.
One such technique we rely on regularly is UV bonding. We use this most often for designing cabinets and glass furniture, including countertops, bartops, and more.
Today, we thought it’d be interesting to give you a glimpse into how UV bonding works. If you’ve ever ordered a customized glass accent piece through CBD or you were thinking of doing so, we think you’ll enjoy getting a sneak peek into how we make our glass.
UV Bonding: What It Is?
UV bonding, as the name suggests, requires the use of an adhesive. The type of adhesive is very specific to the job and is called a UV curing adhesive. Through UV bonding, we can attach glass parts to make the amazing glass furniture we sell at CBD.
The UV curing adhesive comes in a tube like any other glue. Unlike any other glue, though, it does not simply dry on its own. Instead, the glass parts need to be moved beneath a UV activator. A UV light also works.
The activator or UV light promotes the curing of the glass, which means the glass dries under heat. This takes three minutes at the longest. UV curing adhesive leaves no residue behind. The parts of the glass look like they were built together, when really they were adhered.
Why Do It?
For many glass products, especially the ones we design here at CBD, there really is no other way to complete projects besides with UV bonding. Say a customer ordered a customized glass countertop, for instance. When attaching the glass surface, UV bonding is the best option. This allows us to install the glass securely without residue and without risking damaging or cracking the glass.
UV Bonding Applications
Of course, glass countertops are just one of the many examples of UV bonding we do here at CBD. Other applications in which we use UV bonding are glass desks, reception areas, credenzas, dining tables, conference tables and desks, console tables, glass TV stands, coffee tables, entertainment units, glass shelves, glass tabletops, and winery enclosures.
If you’re interested in learning more about UV bonding or you want to see our portfolio, we encourage you to contact us at CBD Glass. We’re based in Toronto and design glass accent pieces and more. Most of our products are customizable, which is part of what makes our company so unique.
You can ask for a quote today right on our website. Quotes are not available by phone, so please send them online. We request you pass along the type of glass, its thickness, size, and as much information as you can about the project. If you have sketches or blueprints, that also helps.
If you just want to look around, you can contact our Toronto showroom at 416-398-6890.