Here’s a guide to common glues and adhesives to suit whatever it is you need to stick together.
Craft and woodwork
PVA is the white glue you probably remember from primary school! Common uses are craft and woodworking projects and repairs. It dries clear, so won’t it affect the look of your work, but if you plan on staining a wooden project, make sure you clean up any excess with a damp rag as the stain won’t take over dried glue. There is also an exterior PVA that is resistant to moisture and can be sanded and painted.
This term covers a wide range of adhesives used in building and construction projects with common brand names like Liquid Nails and Max Bond. Construction adhesive has the advantage of being able to bridge gaps between materials, so it’s great when the surfaces you’re joining are uneven and not close fitting. Among the range, you’ll find types for fast grip, high strength, landscaping projects and use on glass or mirrors.
For high strength bonding of close fitting surfaces such as laminates to benchtops, vinyl tiles and even fixing a loose sole on your shoe, contact adhesive is what you’ll need. Apply it to both surfaces and leave for a few minutes so it’s tacky. Working from one edge, bring the surfaces together and bring down to remove any air bubbles underneath. Contact adhesive is available in liquid, gel and spray formats to suit different applications.
For a super strong bond that sets in minutes, use an epoxy adhesive. The glue comes in two parts, which are mixed together. It starts to set immediately so you have to work quickly. There’s no need to clamp the objects, all you need to do is hold them together for a few minutes while the bond takes hold. Full strength is achieved within hours. It’s perfect to use on broken glass or ceramics, kids toys and anywhere else that you need a fast grip combined with high strength.