Bonding plastics can deliver significant manufacturing benefits and improve the durability and performance of materials. The term “bonding” refers to both the adhesive of one part to another, and the thin coatings or thick layers of adhesives, overmolding or potting resins that are bonded to a substrate. Plastics can be bonded to other plastics, as well as to virtually any other material; wood, metal, glass, and ceramics are all common examples. But there are two prerequisites to securing a superior bond. You must match the right adhesive to your application, and thoroughly clean and prepare the part(s) being bonded via surface modification.