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Thank you for visiting us at Monederosmart. As we want to help you choose even the smallest product so that your activities are facilitated and optimised to their maximum expression, we have selected one that you should surely have among your office or school resources at all times: glue.

And although we see it as a very predictable item, it is actually rather indispensable, especially when we least expect it. Glue can save us a lot of work and avoid wasting time when we need to join materials such as fabrics, papers, rubber, plastic, wood and others.

In this article you will not only find the benefits of keeping a bottle of this material in your home and office, but we will also explain everything you need to know to choose the ideal one for each use, as well as the characteristics, types and more. Let's get started!




Summary

  • Glue is a fundamental element in our office, in schools and in every home. It allows us to create, repair, join and perform many other similar actions on different types of objects. You will be able to find the ideal one for every need.
  • Basically, there are 4 types of glue from which you can choose depending on the material you want to stick, the speed of action you need, the resistance required and other variables. These are white glue, contact glue, cyanoacrylate and epoxy resin.
  • When you go to a shop to select the glue that best suits your needs, you should take into account the state or texture of the glue, the safety recommendations that each one provides, the amount of content that you will find in each package and the time it takes to take effect.

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Buying guide: What you need to know about glue

Now that you know the most recognised and outstanding models on the market, we will show you the characteristics that you should take into account when buying one of them and make sure that it is the most useful for the activity or need it deserves. After reading these specifications, your choice will be much easier.

White glue is the most used in crafts, DIY and school activities (Photo: Freepik / Freepik.com)

What is glue and what are its advantages?

When talking about glue we can sum it all up in one short sentence: a substance used to stick things together. But the truth is that the function of glue and its benefits go far beyond that. This product can be seen frequently in any context, as it is used in school and professional activities of any kind, from carpentry to haute couture.

Glue has been with us in our daily lives since our first lessons, in fact, it is a fundamental element in kindergartens due to its harmlessness and lack of toxicity in its versions suitable for infants.

When our needs are more advanced, we can find much more powerful and firm glue models, whose results are more neat and professional so as not to leave any evidence of its use, as is the case of transparent glue. Here is a list of advantages that we will find in them.

Advantages
  • They adhere to almost all materials
  • Low cost
  • Some are transparent
  • Some are suitable for children
Disadvantages
  • They can spill
  • They can be damaged after opening
  • Some are not washable
  • Some are toxic

White glue, contact glue, cyanoacrylate or epoxy resins - what should you watch out for?

You knew there were various types of glue, but you may not have heard of some of the options below, although you may have used them more than once. There are more and more glue options for us to select the one that best suits what we need, and they are probably among these 4.

White glue, contact glue, cyanoacrylate or epoxy resin are specifications that we can read on the packaging and that will help us to determine which material we can or cannot adhere with them in a more effective way. Read on to know them in detail.

White. This is probably the most famous option on the market, especially because it is widely distributed in offices and schools due to its versatility when sticking many materials. Its white appearance dissolves easily in water and its application is simple. If you want an effective result, you will have to let the joint stand for a couple of hours.

Contact adhesive. This synthetic adhesive is more resistant than white glue and can also be toxic if inhaled for a prolonged period of time. It is often used in household joints, such as broken vases, joining cardboard, bonding a piece of ceramic, among others in which no great effort is required.

Cyanoacrylate. The chemical reaction of these when they come into contact with surfaces and air causes an almost immediate adhesion. As it does not contain solvents, this variant is very difficult and hard to wash and remove if needed. It is usually transparent, which allows for neat and professional results.

Epoxy resin. In terms of resistance, these are usually the strongest. It consists of two components that come together (resin and hardener) to achieve a chemical reaction that generates a very resistant adhesion, although its total drying time is usually longer than that of any other type of glue.

White Contact Cyanoacrylate Epoxy resin
Materials Paper, wood, foami, fabrics, ceramics Wood, metal, ceramic, cardboard Wood, metal, ceramic, cardboard Wood, metal, ceramic, cardboard Wood, metal, ceramic, cardboard
Safety Non-toxic Toxic Toxic Toxic Toxic
Application Very easy Easy Easy Easy Complex
Bonding speed 2 hours 24 hours Less than 5 seconds More than 24 hours

There are different types of glue depending on the surface to be glued, and almost all materials support at least one type of glue. (Photo: donatas1205 / 123rf.com)

Purchasing criteria

After getting to know the types of glue, it is important to make some final considerations in order to select the ideal glue and not to create false expectations about its scope and final results. Keep the following aspects in mind:

Condition or texture

Glue can be found in different presentations, depending on its origin, chemical composition and characteristics. These adapt to our needs and, in many cases, facilitate our activities.

Liquid. Liquid glue is the best known and most widely distributed worldwide, due to its ease of application, storage and distribution on the area to be adhered. You can find it as white glue, contact glue and cyanoacrylate. These tend to work very well on porous surfaces, unless otherwise indicated.

Solid. This presentation can be easily found when it comes to white school or office glue, as it avoids spills and run-off due to its compact contents well stored in its container. Its finish is less powerful, but avoids wetting and wrinkling of materials such as papers.

Gel. This version is presented as an alternative to light liquid glue that tends to run off easily. The gel can spread well, but its consistency is much firmer, so you will avoid splashes and uncontrollable spills. You can find it in mainly cyanoacrylate glues.

Spray. This version might be the least known and less widespread, because its resistance is usually lower than the other presentations and its effect tends to be less powerful. It is possible to find contact adhesives with this characteristic.

Content

Depending on your intended use, it is important that you choose a presentation that includes the amount of glue you will need at any given time or over a period of time. You will find everything from tiny 2-gram packs to large 1-gallon containers of product.

If you have limited storage space or if it is an infrequently used glue, go for small sizes (standard sizes range from 100 to 160 grams). But if you use them frequently and do not have problems with storage space, you can buy larger sizes or larger quantities of product (from 400 grams and up).

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Action time

When we know what we need to glue and how much strength we require, it is important to take into consideration the action time of each glue. If you need a firm result and you can do without the use of this object for some time, you can use contact glue or resin glue that takes between 24 and 48 hours to act completely.

If, on the other hand, you need a common, practical and fast result or a medium time, you can use the most popular options such as white glue and cyanoacrylate in its various textures, such as liquid, gel, solid and spray. White glue will take a maximum of 2 hours to work, while cyanoacrylate will work immediately.

Safety

This detail is fundamental, so it is essential to clearly define which people will be in direct contact with the glue, whether they are children, adults or professionals, such as workers and plumbers. The stronger the product, the more toxic it is likely to be if it is not used in the correct way as indicated on the packaging.

And even if products such as white glue claim to be non-toxic, it is important that there is responsible supervision when children are handling glues, especially children under 7 years of age.

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