Glue is everywhere we look and turn. Without glue, we would be without many of the common everyday products we are now so accustomed to. This article is going to run through the different types of glues available and help highlight just how much of our world relies on this sticky liquid.
So, let’s begin with some of the most common glues available to man.
This type of glue can usually be found in every craft cupboard in homes and schools up and down the country. Remember that thick, gloopy, white PVA glue that you used to paint onto your hands and then peel off? This is that. It is best suited for porous materials such as paper and card and dries clear in under an hour.
As the name suggests, wood glue is used for bonding and joining wood together. Many types of hardboard are composed of thin sheets of wood pressed together under high pressure using wood glue to affix them. This creates a strong and everlasting bond that is both cheap and durable.
We have all experienced just how quickly super glue can bond together 2 surfaces. It is usually a finger and a part of what you are trying to repair. Super glue reacts to the water molecules in the air that causes it to begin to harden and during the reaction, intense heat is produced. Super glue can be finicky and difficult to use but provides strong and long-lasting results.
These are the glues used on fabrics to bond them together. Many types of glue are used for affixing the fabric to sofas and chairs, but can also come in strips which you iron onto clothing to create hems without a needle.
Hot Glues come in various shades and are normally shaped in long, thin tubes. They are inserted into a glue gun which then heats up and liquefies the glue so that it can be applied easily. As the glue cools, it hardens again and provides a strong, flexible bond. Commonly used in arts and crafts and for affixing things such as crystals to fabrics such as denim.
This is a glue of 2 parts. When you mix the 2 parts together they create a strong and long-lasting bond that dries clear, much like super glue. The difference between epoxy and super glue is the drying time.
These are just a few different types of glues available. There are lots more types with different purposes.