Every few months I have a need for Super Glue for some general household
My problem is that once I puncture a hole in the tube, the glue eventually
hardens inside and I can't use it for the next repair. I always tighten the
tube up afterwards. Yet, it still is useless. (I buy the generic Staple's
type brands in packs of 3-4 so I don't have to run out every time.)
Is there a way to keep it from hardening or is there an alternative glue
that is just a good that I could use repeatedly without having the same
I never have had luck with bond strength of super glue, regardless of brand.
Epoxy works better for a larger range of repairs, and it lasts a very long
time without drying, since the setting agent is separate.. I keep both the
5-minute and the longer setting stronger versions of epoxy, and prefer the
screwtop tubes vs the hypodermics, which tend to leak and make a mess, and
are hard to control squeezing speed. Epoxies only take a minute to mix, as
the glue in one of these stays good for years at a time as long as you
remember to close it up tightly. In addition the glue itself is far
superior in strength to the "tube" superglues. No wood turner would be
far from his/her CA.
I've had real good luck keeping it in the freezer, both the liquid and gel
types. Try to keep container sealed tight, w/o any trapped air in the
nozzle. Put it in a thick ziploc or similar, and remove as much air as
possible when sealing it. Then just chuck it in the freezer. Some brands,
you have to put the frozen baggie in your armpit a minute to get it up to
Cyanoacrylate glue uses water vapor in the air as the catalyst to start
polymerization (hardening). Some companies have a better cap system to keep
out the air better. Storing it in a cool, dry place, such as in the fridge
in a bag with silica gell beads should work.
I agree with the other poster. Epoxy is better although it is slower and
Also, the materials being joined makes a difference. For example, many
plastics that are sensitive to (desolve in) solvents are best joined with
:Every few months I have a need for Super Glue for some general household
:My problem is that once I puncture a hole in the tube, the glue eventually
:hardens inside and I can't use it for the next repair. I always tighten the
:tube up afterwards. Yet, it still is useless. (I buy the generic Staple's
:type brands in packs of 3-4 so I don't have to run out every time.)
:Is there a way to keep it from hardening or is there an alternative glue
:that is just a good that I could use repeatedly without having the same
I put mine in the refrigerator and that appears to work for years.
Thanks for all the advice.
I put the glue in the refrigerator and squeezed to the top removing all the
air. Seems 95% of these tubes are empty space.
Thanks for the epoxy tip. I tried it a number of years ago. Unfortunately,
I didn't have any luck with it. If I remember correctly, there were two
tubes. Possibly syringe like and I had to mix them together. Couldn't get
anything to stick. Maybe I was using it wrong. Tried it twice... same
From looking at the Insta-Bond Dry Box Kit
it looks like a feasible alterative to the epoxy. It only cost $20. The
coolchem idea seems like the best product on the market until I looked at
the price.... close to $50
the kit. I only need glue a couple times a year at most. This might be
After reading all the posts, it doesn't seem to matter if I freeze or
refrigerate. Refrigerating seems to make more sense as I wouldn't have to
thaw it out.
I do have a new problem. I need to glue (adhere) a vinyl tile back to the
horizontal part of one of the kitchen steps. Eventually, I am going to
replace the tile. I'm not sure superglue is the solution. This might be
one surface it may not work well with. Or, if it does, it may be overkill
as I want to be able take it off eventually. Ideally, duct tape would be
best. But, I don't want it to show. What would be a good substance to use?
Thanks for all the help!
I use Gorilla Glue effectively all the time for just about everything
and it doesn't dry up in the end of the tube like super glue. Try and
get some at Home depot, Ace, OPSH, Lowes or your local hardware store.
I think you will love all the things you can glue with it and it is
more versatile than super glue. It does take a few more minutes to dry,
but nothing bonds like it.
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