What type of glue do you need?

Most multi-purpose glues can help for common household needs

but some projects require a specific type of glue.

If you are not sure what type of glue to buy, then here are some helpful tips:

1 -- SURFACE ADHESION

Make sure that the glue you are buying is designed to stick

to the materials that you are trying to glue together.

Some glues will melt foam and wood glue is not ideal for fixing a shoe so it is important to know if the glue will stick to or damage the materials you are using.

2 -- STRENGTH vs. TIME

The glue that dries the quickest is usually not the glue that dries the strongest

so carefully consider if strength or time is more important for your project.

Epoxy Glues are generally a good short cut if you do need a strong bond in

a short amount of time but then you need to mix 2 things together

3 -- FLEXIBILITY

Anything that moves or gets handled a lot will endure vibrations. Glues that

dry hard will eventually (or quickly) break apart with too much vibration so

a glue that dries flexible is best for moving parts or frequently handled items

4 -- WATER-RESISTANCE/WATER-PROOFING

Items that are outdoors or exposed to water must be water-proof.

We recommend a special Marine Glue for any projects that are constantly submerged under water but that is available by custom order only.

GENERAL GLUE TIPS

-- Most glues cannot be applied in temperatures below 40 degrees

-- Epoxy Glues can work in cold temperatures 

but then the dry time is longer

-- Most glues should be stored at room temperature to last longer

-- All Glues eventually dry out but you can slow this process

down by keeping the lid air-tight and making sure you clean the lid or tip before closing

DIFFERENT TYPES OF GLUES

Silicone Based Glue

Polyurethane Glue

White Glue

Yellow Glue

Super Glue/Krazy Glue

Epoxy Glue

Contact Glue

Nitro Cellulose Glue

Spray Glue

SILICONE BASED GLUE

(Strong but Slow Drying Multi-Purpose Glue)

GOOP GLUE

3.7 oz Size - $5.95

1 oz. Size - $3.95

Silicone-Based Multi-Purpose Glue, Clear Color, Waterproof, Very Strong Bond, Dries Flexible

so ideal for Anti-Vibration, Washer/Dryer Safe,

Temperature Resistant, Paintable

DRY TIME: Dries to touch in 12 hrs, Fully dry in 24 hrs

(Heat will speed up drying time)

STICKS TO: Almost everything (except foam) - Wood, Metal, Plastic, Fabric, Glass, Cement, Ceramic, Stone

DRAWBACK: Slow Drying Time, Higher in Toxicity so not ideal for items that people will be eating or drinking out of.

GE SILICONE II

2.8 oz Size - $4.95

Caulk Gun Tube Size - $7.95

(White/Clear/Almond Colors)

Waterproof, Very Strong Bond,

Dries Flexible, Temperature Resistant

DRY TIME: 12 - 24 hrs

STICKS TO: Almost everything (except foam) - Wood, Metal, Plastic, Fabric, Glass, Cement, Ceramic, Stone

DRAWBACK: Slow Drying Time, Higher in Toxicity, Not Paintable

POLYURETHANE GLUE

Strong, Waterproof, Expanding Multi-Purpose Glue

GORILLA GLUE

2 oz. Size - $6.95

(Dries as a Light Tan Color)

Waterproof, Strong, Expands 3-4 Times the Size While Drying, Temperature Resistant, Sandable, Paintable

EASY TO USE:Damp It, Glue It, and Clamp it!

DRY TIME: Clamp Time 1-2 hours, Fully Dry in 24 Hours

STICKS TO: Foam, Wood, Metal, Stone, Ceramic, Glass, Concrete

DRAWBACK: Slow Drying Time

                         WHITE GLUE (PVA GLUE)

                                                                      (We do not carry this type)

                                        Water-Based Glue, Low Toxicity, Low Cost, Easy Clean up

DRY TIME:Dries to touch in 1 hour, Fully dry in 24 hours

WILL STICK TO:Paper, Cardboard, Fabric, Light Materials

DRAWBACK:Not very water resistant, Indoor Only

YELLOW GLUE (PVA GLUE)

(PVA = Polyvinyl Acetate)

CARPENTER'S WOOD GLUE

Small 4 oz. Size - $2.65

Large 8 oz. Size - $3.95

Water-Based Glue, Low Toxicity, Low Cost, Easy Clean up, More Tacky/Sticky Than White Glue, Dries More Rigid Than white 

DRY TIME: Touch 1 hr/Full 24 hrs

STICKS TO: Wood, Paper, Cardboard, Fabric, Light Materials

DRAWBACK: Type III Glue is not very water-resistant. Types I & II are more water-resistant.

SUPER GLUE/KRAY GLUE

(Cyanoacrylate Adhesives)

KRAZY GLUE

Regular Stick - $1.95

Gel Krazy Glue - $2.45

Brush Cap Krazy Glue - $2.95

(Clear Color)

Lightweight, Multi-Purpose Glue

DRY TIME: Seconds to Minutes

WILL STICK TO: Wood, Metal, Ceramic, Leather, Glass, Rubber, Vinyl, and some Plastics where the bond is very tight

DRAWBACK: Lightweight

EPOXY GLUE

Devcon 5-Minute Epoxy - $4.95

Devcon 5-Minute Epoxy (Plunger Style) - $4.95

(Clear Colors)

Devcon Plastic Welder Epoxy - $4.95

(Cream Color)

Strong bond without a long drying time, Best for extreme weather conditions, Can be applied in very cold temperatures but the drying time will be longer, Waterproof

DRY TIME: 15 Minute Handling Time, Fully Dry in 1 Hour

STICKS TO:Wood, Metal, Ceramic, Glass, Concrete, Vinyl, PVC Piping, Fiberglass, China (Use the Plastic Welder Version for Plastic)

DRAWBACKS: Less Flexible than Silicone-Based Glues

J-B WELD EPOXY

$5.55

Extra Strong Bond for metal, Waterproof, Paintable, Sandable

DRY TIME: Sets in 4-6 hours, Fully Dry in 1 Hour

STICKS TO: Iron, Steel, Aluminum, Brass, Bronze, Copper, Pewter, Wood, Porcelain, Ceramic

DRAWBACKS: Not good for plastic, Dries more rigid than Silicone-Based Glues

DEVCON STEEL EPOXY PUTTY

(Fills Holes in Metal, Concrete, or Plastic)

$5.55

(Gray Color)

Two part clay that becomes rock hard to fill holes. Very fast drying and durable. Molds to any shape.

DRY TIME: 2 minutes, Fully dry in 1 hour

STICKS TO: Metal, Concrete, & Plastic

DRAWBACKS: Not recommended for very hot water pipes or pipes that have constant pressures such as a hot water tank.

CONTACT GLUE

DAP WELDWOOD

CONTACT CEMENT

3 ox. Bottle w/Brush Cap - $4.95

Pint Size -$8.55

Quart Size - $12.55

Strong Bonds with high shear-resistance

like laminates, such as bonding

Formica to a wooden counter.

Paint Contact Cement on both sides of the materials you are gluing and wait 15 minutes before you touch the materials together.

This glue will instantly bond to itself and crystalize.

Permanent bond. Water Resistant.

DRY TIME: 15 Minutes

STICKS TO: Wood, Metal, Leather, Vinyl, Plastic

DRAWBACKS: Must apply in perfect alignment because of the instant bonding feature.

LIQUID NAILS

Squeeze Tube - $3.55

Caulk Gun Size - $3.95

Very strong construction adhesive,

Clear, Fast-Bonding, Waterproof,

Permanently Flexible.

Apply to both sides and then wait 5-10 minutes before touching both sides together.

DRY TIME: 5-10 Minutes

STICKS TO: Wood, Metal, Concrete, Fiberglass, Painted Surfaces, Vinyl, Porcelain, House Numbers, Countertops, Plastic, Moldings, and Fabric.

DRAWBACKS: Not recommended for Windows, Wood Flooring, Tubs/Sings, Aquariums, or other underwater applications.

NITRO-CELLULOSE GLUE

DUCO CEMENT

$3.55

Multi-purpose, fast-drying cement that dries clear and tough. Dishwasher safe.

DRY TIME: Handling Time 5-10 Minutes, Set Time 1 Hour, Full Cure in 16 Hours

STICKS TO: Wood, China, Leather, Glass, Paper, Ceramic, Plastic, Vases, and Metal

DRAWBACKS: Highly flammable, lightweight

                   SPRAY GLUE

DURO ALL-PURPOSE SPRAY ADHESIVE

$5.95

All-Purpose, Improved Clear Formula, Stays Tacky, Won't Bleed Through, Works Fast

DRY TIME: Minutes

STICKS TO: Paper, Cardboard, Fabrics, Felt, Foam, Metal, Wood, and Plastics

DRAWBACK: Lightweight

RUST-OLEUM LEAK SEAL FLEXIBLE RUBBER COATING SPRAY

$13.95

(Clear Color)

Sprays a protective rubberized coating designed to fill and seal cracks.

It provides a water-tight, flexible seal to prevent moisture penetration, rust, and corrosion. Dries to a semi-smooth, firm finish that will not sag or drip and can be painted. Temperature Resistant.

DRY TIME: Dries to Touch in 2 hours, Fully Cured after 24 hours

STICKS TO: Metal, Aluminum, Galvanized Metal, PVC, Concrete, Masonry, Asphalt Roofing Materials, Vinyl Siding, & Fiberglass