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What is Cyanoacrylate Adhesive?

What is Cyanoacrylate Adhesive?

Cyanoacrylate isn't striking a cord with you? Well, don't worry your not the only one, but does super glue or instant glue ring a bell? Cyanoacrylate glue is used to bond anything from plastics to metal. CA adhesives are commonly used in product assembly applications, common fixes as well in the medical field.  

Here are some other common questions about Cyanoacrylate.

What are toughened CA adhesives?

The most common toughening agent we come across is rubber. Toughening agents are used in CA to absorb and distribute impact and stress in the bondline forming a tougher bond.

How can you extend the shelf life of a Cyanoacrylate?

We recommend you store unopened bottles in the refrigerator. After the CA adhesive has been opened store it at room temperature, because moisture contamination will condense and prematurely cure your CA in a fridge.

What is blooming?

When a Cyanoacrylate volatilizes off part and reacts with moisture in the environment and when it falls back down on the part leaving a white power residue behind. *This is commonly used by police departments to find finger prints at crime scenes. 

How to remove super glue from bonded fingers?

Commonly, if you insert a toothpick, pen, etc into the bondline and roll you will be able to inflict peel force and get your fingers free. Or apply acetone on a cotton ball to the area, allow time for it to soak then slowly pull your fingers apart reapply acetone if necessary.

What is a CA accelerator for?

Accelerators are used either pre or post applying your CA adhesive. Applying these accelerators increases the gap filling abilities or cure speed. *These accelerators are helpful when the environment is dry & cold.

Have another Cyanoacrylate question?

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