What to Expect from Your Favorite Super Glues
Why Use Superglue?
For quick repairs, tears, and breaks superglue is the one tool that will save your sanity and your wallet. Whether you’re a commercial contractor or fixing loose ends around your home, super glue is a versatile, easy-to-use adhesive that gets tough jobs done quickly. Choosing a superglue that fits your needs is easy, but we’re making it easier with this factsheet.
Traditional All-Purpose Superglues
Low Viscosity Super Glue
Low viscosity glue easily flows onto your substrate surface area, delivering a near-seamless bond. It is ideal for areas where you need a tight alignment or aesthetic perfection. Loctite 401 Prism Cyanoacrylate Low Viscosity Super Glue is a “general purpose” rated superglue that gives you the benefits of a low viscosity flow with a fast, 15-second fixture time so you aren’t poking and prodding your bond area to see if your elements have stuck together.
Infinity Bond offers a similar superglue which is great for gap-filling and insensitive surfaces. The Infinity Bond SI Super Glue is available in a range of viscosities, from 5 to 4,000 cps and a gel form. Made to bond acidic, dry, porous, or other difficult to bond surfaces. This product is great for repairs, product assembly, manufacturing, woodworking, and more.
High Viscosity Super Glue
Avoid drips, fill gaps, or add dimension using high viscosity superglue. Loctite’s 411 Prism Toughened Cyanoacrylate High Viscosity Super Glue serves as the 401 Prism’s counterpart with a similarly fast, 30-second fixture time. This high viscosity glue is also a toughened adhesive, creating particularly strong bonds that are resistant to impact, vibration, and elemental wear and tear.
Another toughened option is from Infinity Bond. The Rubber Toughened Super Glue exhibits a strong and flexible bond that is ideal for active environments and is especially resistant to extreme temperatures. The Rubber Toughened Adhesive from Infinity Bond is also shock-resistant and available in a variety of viscosities.
Specialty All-Purpose Superglues
No-Sag Super Glue
No-sag superglue provides an even more rigid structure, which is best for porous materials and difficult bonding surfaces, such as non-sensitive substrates. Glues such as the Loctite Prism 454 Cyanoacrylate No-Sag Super Glue give you a leg up when you’re trying to reduce porosity or fill watertight cracks. Although these glues sometimes take a little longer to fix – think: 15 minutes for the Prism 454 – the bond will hold its form and offer unique support that takes gluing one step farther.
Wicking Viscosity Superglue
It’s no secret that the wicking power of your glue supports tougher bonds and greater control on uneven surfaces by drawing into the substrates’ surfaces. Wicking glues are best for dry environmental conditions and rubber or plastic surfaces and can create an unparalleled bond if applied in the right conditions. Our favorite is the Loctite 406 Prism Cyanoacrylate Wicking Viscosity Super Glue.
For rubber and plastic substrates, the Infinity Bond Rubber and Plastic Super Glue is the best value to performance in this category and will work for a variety of product assembly applications, crafts, and hobbies.
Low Bloom Super Glue
If you love the power of cyanoacrylate glues, but are tired of glue rings and chalky glue edges, try glue like the Loctite 403 Cyanoacrylate Low Odor, Low Bloom Super Glue. The low bloom formula reduces the hazy glue residue that can form around bonded edges. This low bloom glue not only looks great, but the low odor formula makes it easier to use for interior applications where ventilation may be lower.
The Infinity Bond Low Odor and Low Bloom Super Glue is a great lower-cost alternative you can make without sacrificing quality or performance. This product provides superior optical quality while virtually eliminating odor and bloom which is typical in most super glues.
Medical Grade Super Glue
Compatible with most sterilization methods and meeting biocompatibility standards for ISO 10993 and USP Class VI, The Infinity Bond Medical Device Super Glue is great for creating a strong, permanent bond with a variety of substrates used in the medical field.
Questions? We Are Here to Help.
Although most all-purpose super glues offer similar strength and fixture time, everyone ends up having a preference… and once you choose your favorite all-purpose super glue, you’ll be stuck on its ease and versatility for good. If you have further questions about which super glue will be best for your application, contact us. Our knowledgeable team is happy to assist.