Standing in the adhesive aisle of your local hobby or hardware store, you can quickly see that there are a number of different adhesives from which to choose. Picking the correct glue just involves an understanding of what material each one works best with and how it forms the bond. Armed with that knowledge, it’s easy to pick out the right one for your needs. If you want to know what the best adhesive is for your particular project, read on.
Also called “CA,” cyanoacrylate glues have become the adhesive of choice for many hobbyists. They’re very fast, need little or minimal clamping time, and can be applied straight from the bottle. Best of all, they form bonds that are in many cases much stronger than the material they are bonding. When CA cures, it emits a vapor that can irritate your nose and eyes, so take the proper precautions. Because of their popularity, there are many different types of CA.
THIN CA This is a water-thin viscosity, which allows it to wick deep into the joint by capillary action and allows it to cure in a matter of seconds. This fast capillary action is why many of us have glued our fingers to balsa (a very porous surface). This is the fastest glue to bond two surfaces…