Choosing the Right Glues and Adhesives

October 17, 2021 0 Comments

When it comes to choosing the right types of adhesives, there is no one-type-fits-all solution. Different types of glues and adhesives work through different levels of adhesion or strength, so using one for a specific application may not work well with another. Here is a short list of some of the most common glues and adhesives in the market and which applications they are best for.

White glue

White glue is great for bonding paper products, such as cardboard, craft paper, art paper, handmade paper, and many others. Due to their ease of use and economical price, white glue is used for many paper-based projects, especially for children at school. One of the draw backs in using white glue is water solubility, which is not recommended for materials immersed in water. For water proof projects, you will need epoxy or a stronger type of adhesive.

Hot melt glue from glue gun

One of the most favorite types of glue by crafters is the hot melt glue. Often dispensed through a gun and used for a wider range of materials such as paper, fabric, and wood, hot melt glue provides better adhesion than common white glue. Unlike epoxy it doesn’t have a long curing time. However hot melt glue is not ideal for outdoor applications or for projects that require water proofing.

Cyanoacrylate

Cyanoacrylate is also known as super mesaproducts glue. Stronger than regular glue, this type of adhesive is usually dispensed through a tube. Its waterproof and instant bonding capabilities make it a good choice for gluing non-porous materials such as plastic and metal. These types of adhesives are also great for ceramics and tiles.

Construction adhesive

Construction adhesive is a type of adhesive made specifically for construction materials such as wood, slate, marble, stone or for outdoor and indoor projects like flooring and paneling. Most types of construction adhesives have waterproof features, making them brilliant for outdoor installations.

Epoxy glue

Epoxy adhesive is another kind of waterproof adhesive that can bond porous materials. While epoxy glue takes some minutes to set and several hours to cure completely, it offers a stronger bond than white glue, super glue, and hot melt glue.