Cyanoacrylate glue, also known as super glue is a very fast acting adhesive. Its uses are very widespread, from gluing model airplanes to repairing plastic or ceramic pieces, even experimental surgery sutures. There are a few reasons though, why you shouldn’t use cyanoacrylate glue.
1. Poor Adhesive Hold on Smooth Glass Surfaces
While it is outstanding at holding together a huge variety of materials, when it comes to smooth glass surfaces the cyanoacrylate glue is average at best. There are some varieties specially made to hold glass surfaces together but most won’t do a proper job.
2. It is Toxic
The fumes vaporized from cyanoacrylate can irritate sensitive membranes in your nose or throat. They can also create symptoms that are similar to a flu when inhaled and can cause allergic reactions on skin contact.
3. Bad Reaction with Cotton or Wool
When enough glue comes in contact with cotton or wool materials it will result in a powerful reaction that releases a lot of heat and smoke. The heat can cause minor burns and inhalation of the smoke can be toxic. In extreme cases it can set the material on fire.
4. Has Been Mistaken for Eye-Drops on Numerous Occasions
The shape of the containers is usually very similar to that of an eyedropper medicine. Because of this, there have been numerous accidents where the glue has been mistaken for eye-drops ending in a trip to the doctor. This can be especially dangerous around children or the elderly and special care needs to be taken with cyanoacrylate glue.