How to Choose the Best Glue for the Job

August 19, 2015 by Leave a reply »
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We can help you find the right glue for the job.

Adhesives can truly save the day when it comes to repairs, quick fixes, and creative craft projects. As there’s a large selection of glue types to choose from, it’s important to pick the best one in order to ensure a successful result for each particular job. Many of us have tried using a random adhesive we had within reach, attempted to repair something, and discovered that the pieces failed to bond.

Check out these handy tips and facts that will hopefully help make your next sticky situation … stick:

Adhesive Hints & Helps

Hint: The Materials Matter – This may sound obvious, but it’s definitely worth stating. The type of glue best suited for a project depends on the kinds of materials being adhered and the chemical properties of the adhesive. Pay attention to the specific kind of materials you wish to bond and let that fact guide you to the right glue.

Hint: Note the Needs of Your Repair – Choosing the best glue for the job, also depends on the project’s parameters. For example, ask yourself questions such as, “Do I need the adhesive to set rapidly or will I need more time to arrange the pieces?”

Additionally, think about whether you will require a waterproof adhesive or one that withstands extreme temperatures. Answering questions such as these will help you narrow in on the adhesive that will work best for your repair.

Glue Mini-Overview

Super Glue: Also referred to as cyanoacrylate, this adhesive creates strong bonds and sets quickly. It’s best on non-porous materials for a wide variety of household, industrial, and innovative uses. Super Glue can be used on rubber, metal, china, jewelry and more to repair clean breaks.

Epoxy: Epoxies are composed of separate parts: hardener and resin. These parts will need to be mixed or dispensed equally from an applicator. They provide a strong bond and are excellent at filling in gaps. They are able to meet a large number of applications because they come in different formulas. To name a few epoxy types, some are delayed set, providing increased time to place all the pieces together, while others are quick-setting metal adhesives, designed to bond different metals for appliance repairs or similar projects.

Silicone: Silicone adhesives and sealants create durable and flexible bonds. In terms of temperature they are extremely stable and can be used for many applications, such as window, automotive, and bathroom repairs. They bond, caulk, and seal and are resistant to moisture.

Super Glue’s Here to Help

We covered just a few of the many useful adhesives available. If you’re still stuck, no pun intended, we want to make sure you find the right glue for your specific project needs. Use the Glue Guide to select the correct glue quickly, or call 1(866) GLUE-911 for assistance. We’re here to help!


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