Happy New Year From The Glue Guru.
Another year of gluing
Christmas is over and a new year of gluing has commenced!
This time of the year is so exciting for me, a whole year of glue development and testing has just started!
I love my glue dearly, and every time a batch of glue leaves our factory, I have a tear in my eye. I suspect it’s a similar feeling to the day when a child leaves the family home for the last time.
For me, it is important that our glue is used as it should be, after all, in most cases, it’s the glue that keeps everything together.
Below, I have listed my ’10 Commandments’ of glue handling and use. Don’t forget, we are Ireland’s leading research based manufacturer and distributor of industrial glues and sealants.
- The first thing to remember, is not to allow any glue to freeze. It must be lovingly stored at above 10 Celsius.
- Remember, most glues are best applied to surfaces that are at room temperature (about 20 Celsius). Putting glue on a surface which is hot or cold to touch, is not suggested.
- Before you start gluing, work out clamping arrangements and have everything prepared and ready to hand before starting to mix or apply the glue.
- Take care to avoid trapping air when closing glued joints. Trapped air will reduce the contact area between the parts and this will lead to weaker joints.
- After abrading the surfaces, clean off all dust or loose particles with a clean brush. For bonding metals and plastics, solvent wipe with the appropriate solvent.
- When using two component glues, be sure the products are mixed in the correct proportion.
- Resist the temptation to fiddle with the joint made with any glue , just to see if it has set! Leave the bonds to stand for the recommended period of time so that setting will be complete.
- When riveting a seam bonded with a two component acrylic or epoxy glues, rivet immediately after the glue has been applied. Riveting after the glue has cured may cause it to crack.
- If you are uncertain about a glue issue, contact us for the best advice. When looking for glue advice, provide us with full details of the materials being bonded, the joint type, the item being manufactured, service conditions (i.e., will the item be indoors or outdoors, will it be exposed to temperatures, will it be exposed to stress or strain).
- Finally, always use the glue in as safe a manner as possible. The Material Safety Data Sheet must be understood and as always, contact our Technical Department for the best advice available.
Never hesitate to contact us .