When it comes to adhesives, glue is the product of choice for many applications. The problem is there are so many different types of glue, it can be difficult to determine which one is right for the job at hand. In order to clear up the confusion and get you started on your project as soon as possible, here is some glue advice that sticks (pun intended):
- Clear household glue– this general purpose glue will fix a variety of things but does not bond very well, so keep that in mind in light of the project. This adhesive yield the best results when used to bond materials such as fabric, cloth, leather, canvas, and plastic. Do not use it on polypropylene or polyethylene plastics because the adhesive will wear away the surface of the material. Also, keep this item away from a varnished surface because it will remove the coating of varnish. Clean up spills using nail polish remover and a damp cloth.
- Contact glue– this adhesive provides an instant bond upon contact. Therefore, it is important to properly position the items to be bonded prior to applying the glue. Contact glue is highly flammable, so use care when applying it. The water and heat resistance inherent in this substance make it a great adhesive for rubber, leather, wood, and stone. This glue does not work well on plastic-based materials.
- Epoxy resin– this glue requires mixing two items before it may be used. Bonding is strong due to the hardener contained in the ingredients. Different varieties of resin are sold for different purposes, so read the product labels carefully. Do not use on materials that will come in contact with oil or gas because these substances tend to make the epoxy ineffective.
- Acid-free glue– the absence of acid in this adhesive makes it ideal for bonding many plastics as well as cardboard and paper products. Scrapbookers and people who make photo albums frequently use this glue in their projects.
- Wood glue– this thick adhesive is designed specifically for use on wood. Its waterproof quality allows it to be used both inside and outside. It can be used on both porous and semi-porous surfaces and comes in both quick and slow setting varieties. Wood glue can be easily cleaned up using a cloth dampened with water.
- Super glue– as its name implies, this adhesive creates a very strong bond. It works on a wide array of surfaces like glass, plastic, metal, and ceramics. This glue will also bond skin, so wear protective gloves when using it. Remove any excess using an appropriate type of solvent, soap, and warm water. Be very careful when pulling skin apart if the glue becomes adhered to it.