4 Tips When Using Cyanoacrylate Glue

High-performance woodworking glues, like cyanoacrylate glue, are used in industrial applications and need careful handling.

1. Ensure Safety

Cyanoacrylate glue has a strong, instant gluing action. Thus, always wear gloves when handling cyanoacrylate glue to ensure that your skin is protected.

2. Control Viscosity

Ensuring the right viscosity is critical for appropriate bonding of cyanoacrylate glue. Remember, thicker cyanoacrylate glue will take a longer curing time, inducing gaps along glued surfaces. You can use accelerators that are added to fasten the curing (drying) process.

3. Storage Tips

You can store unopened bottles of cyanoacrylate glue in the freezer. When using such bottles, allow them to thaw—leave the bottle overnight to attain room temperature. Always store the opened cyanoacrylate glue bottles with their caps tightly secured. For best results, use polyethylene bottles to ensure that no chemical reaction is induced upon the glue. If you suspect leakage in a container of cyanoacrylate glue, store it with a desiccant pack that absorbs the surrounding moisture.

4. Prevent Tip Clogging

Cyanoacrylate adhesives are highly susceptible to clogging the tip of the applicator, often rendering the remainder glue useless. After every application, immediately wipe the applicator’s tip with a dry cloth. Wait for the glue to settle down, before placing the cap. When using cyanoacrylate glue in woodworking, do not force the applicator tip upon the wooden surface as wood debris can get permanently glued within the tip’s cavity.