Commonly called rubber cement, rubber glue consists of elastic polymers combined with a solvent such as hexane or acetone to maintain its fluidity. Thus, rubber glue is considered a drying adhesive in that the solvents evaporate quickly, leaving behind the rubber or elastic solids which form the bond between materials. Due to the flexibility of the bond, rubber glue is most commonly used for arts, crafts and other light bonding work. Rubber glue is especially useful in certain applications, for it does not damage the materials when removed.
Rubber Glue Uses
Rubber glue enjoys a number of uses, primarily in craft making. Rubber glue made with certain non-toxic solvents such as n-heptane or n-hexane does not cause paper fiber to swell or shrink. By contrast, water-based glues tend to warp the surface of bonded materials. The cured rubber easily rubs off, nor does it become brittle. While great for craft use, it is not recommended for use with photographs as deterioration can occur over time.
Like many adhesives, rubber glue should be applied in a well-vented area, and heat sources should be avoided as many solvents are flammable. Rubber glue that contains acetone as its solvent can damage plastic as well as polished surfaces, so care should be taken when selecting the appropriate rubber glue type.