There are numerous glues out there, but what do you use and when? This is the start of a page that is intended to grow and grow.
Gluing material A to material B
- look up the type of material you want to glue to a different type of material and get an idea of the glue and a hint as to what type of glue is best.
Review - Titebond Original - An aliphatic wood working glue that really is stronger than the wood.
Review - Titebond II - An interior and exterior version of the original Titebond glue.
Trade name for a urea-formaldehyde glue. This is a waterproof resin based glue that comes as a white powder and is mixed two parts water to one part powder in a glass container. Note that it must be stirred thoroughly until it has a consistency of cream.
Perhaps more commonly known as "Super Glue" or "Instant Glue". Many different types fast set, medium set, slow set. Many different viscosities: thin, medium thick all used for different jobs. Slow sets are generally stronger.
- All forms of wood
- Metal to metal
- Metal to wood
- Most plastics
- Easy to use - with care
- Care needed to avoid sticking own fingers to item.
- The joints tend to be brittle.
- Sometimes glue sets too quick or can run where you donít want it.
Review - Roket Rapid - An instant glue from Deluxe Materials.
Review - Vital Bond Thick CA - An very thick instant glue designed to be used on porous materials or for gap filling.
A two-part resin/hardener glue that is extremely strong. It is generally
available in 6 and 30-minute formulas.
- Plastic to plastic/wood
- Metal to metal/wood
- Strong - note that longer setting time epoxy is often stronger and more durable.
- Difficult to sand - be careful if using it where it will need sanding to get a finish.
Paper glue′s are available in many different forms, but perhaps the easiest and cleanest to use is the solid stick form. Most paper models may be assembled using this type of glue. Although, some of the more sophisticated may require a PVA type glue to be used for greater strength.
- Easy to use with paper
PVA Poly Vinyl Acetate
A plastic usually abbreviated as PVA. A colourless transparent solid, it is usually used in adhesives, which are themselves also referred to as PVA or PVA adhesive.
- All forms of wood
- Thin with water and use as a varnish
- Thin with water and and apply to balsa wood edges to improve adhesion of coverings
- Easy to use as it is slow drying.
- Good for porous Wood and close fitting wood parts.
- Difficult to sand
- Seals wood so that stain will not penetrate - apply stain prior to using glue
- Slow drying.
- Only strong when used on close fitting wood parts.