How to Re-Secure Outdoor Lights with Super Glue Epoxies

July 6, 2016 by Leave a reply »
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Because of their exposure to severe weather and nature’s other forces, outdoor lights undergo a lot of abuse that can cause the lights to break or come loose. This leads many homeowners to call a professional for help or to simply purchase new lights, but this can be expensive and a needless waste of time. Fortunately, with Super Glue epoxies, repairing and reattaching outdoor lights is a simple and easy DIY job that even the most inexperienced would-be handyman can do.

Before You Start

Before starting any project it is important to read the instructions so you aren’t taken by surprise during the project. Surprises can simply mean an inconvenience like having to find a brace for your light because it takes longer than you thought for the adhesive to set; but surprises could also be damaged lights as not all adhesives are safe for use with plastics.

Repairing Your Outdoor Lights

There are three common DIY repairs for outdoor lights that homeowners may need to do.

First, the entire light fixture can sometimes become unattached from the point where it is mounted. This often requires repairs to the mounting unit, which is typically damaged when the light becomes loose, but may also require Super Glue epoxies to reattach the entire fixture. To repair the unit, simply apply Super Glue epoxies to the crack or point of the break, and place the broken pieces back together, apply light pressure and allow the adhesive to set. Some epoxies may require waiting for the adhesive to become tacky before reattaching or may take some time to set, requiring the light to be held or braced in a certain position with a certain amount of pressure. Always follow the directions that come with your particular Super Glue epoxy.

Second, if the fixture is not broken but needs to be reapplied to the point where it was previously mounted, the repair may simply require that the Super Glue epoxy is liberally applied to the base of the unit, which is then held or braced against the place where the light is to be mounted. Some homeowners choose to use Super Glue epoxies in combination with screws to keep lighting mounted, but adhesive alone is an option for lights or mounting surfaces that do not permit the use of screws, or lights mounted in places where they are unlikely to be knocked off.

Third, many of us use clips to hang string lights from our porches, balconies, gutters, or other places around our homes; but these clips can become brittle from extended exposure to the elements. To repair these clips, simply apply adhesive to the edges of the broken parts and hold them together while the adhesive dries. This project will not require as strong of an adhesive as the others, so the epoxy should dry in seconds.

Keeping Safe

To prevent accidents, keep adhesives like Super Glue epoxies away from children and animals, and keep the cap on the adhesive when you are not using it. Hold the container firmly but gently to prevent dropping and spilling, and keep the container held at a distance and pointed away from you while opening.

Cleaning Up

To seal syringe, pull back on plunger, wipe tips and place cap firmly on tips. If there is excess glue, use a paper towel and denatured alcohol to remove before it sets.

More Super Glue Projects

Super Glue offers a wide variety of adhesive products for both indoor and outdoor use, with an adhesive available for almost any project or hobby. Find out more about Super Glue uses, removal, and projects and how you can use Super Glue products to be your own handyman today.


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