WELCOME TO LOCTITE'S FAQS

- Click on the links below for the answers to commonly asked questions. If the information cannot be found, please contact the Loctite team directly for expert guidance.

  1. What is super glue?

    - Convenient and versatile for small repairs. The main active ingredient of super glue is cyanocrylate, a solvent-free acrylic resin that forms an instant, strong bond between materials.

  2. Why does super glue stick to almost anything?

     - Moisture is everywhere in the surrounding air. Therefore, most objects have a thin layer of moisture on their surface. As Super glue activates by forming long, strong chemical chains when coming into contact with that moisture.
    This binds the two surfaces together almost immediately.

  3. What is the difference between Loctite's Gel super glue and Loctite's Liquid super glue?

    Liquid describes the texture of the super glue. Gel super glue does not drip and therefore is ideal for vertical application and for porous surfaces. They both dry quickly to form a strong transparent bond.

  4. What is the best way to unstick a glue bottle cap?
    1. Soak the glue bottle in hot water for 1 minute.
    2. If it still sticks, wipe around the cap with nail polish remover containing acetone.
  5. How can flexible materials be glued together?

    Use Loctite's advanced formula flexible glue, Powerflex. Contains rubber particles for flexible and porous materials.

  6. How do glues work?

    Most surfaces are not smooth. Glues fill the gaps, building a bridge between the 2 surfaces and then hardens due to the moisture in the air keeping the bond together

  7. What is the best way to store glue so it is fresh and ready for use?
    1. After use, immediately wipe the tip with a damp cloth or Loctite's Glue Remover and replace the lid tightly.
    2. Store upright in a cool, dry place
  8. What is super glue made of?

    Cyanoacrylate - an acrylic resin that reacts to form tight chains between two materials being bonded when it comes into contact with moisture in the air.

  9. How can porous or absorbent materials be glued together?

    Loctite's non-drip gel and flexible super glues are ideal for bonding porous materials together such as wood, paper, leather and fabric.

  10. How do I remove glue from my counter top?
    1. Wipe the affected area with a cloth dipped in acetone or nail varnish remover contatining acetone.
      OR
    2. Wipe the affected area with Loctite's Glue Remover.
  11. How much glue should be applied?

    The general rule is 1 drop per square inch.  Less is more - excessive glue makes a weaker bond

  12. How should surfaces be prepared for bonding?
    1. Surfaces should be clean of oil, dirt, dust or grease and completely dry.
    2. Lightly sand surfaces to roughen smooth surfaces for better adhesion.
  13. How to choose the best applicator?

    Tube: Universal applications

    Control: Easy grip squeeze bottle gives better control.

    Brush: Built in brush for easy spreading over larger or uneven surfaces.

    Precision: Extra long nozzle for pin point precision applications on hard to reach places and small spaces. Non-drip.

  14. How should surfaces be prepared for bonding?
    1. Surfaces should be clean of oil, dirt, dust or grease and completely dry.
    2. Lightly sand surfaces with a fine sand paper to roughen smooth surfaces for better adhesion.
  15. How to choose the best applicator?
    • Tube: Universal applications
    • Control: Easy grip squeeze bottle gives better control.
    • Brush: Built in brush for easy spreading over larger or uneven surfaces.
    • Precision: Extra long nozzle for pin point precision applications on hard to reach places and small spaces. Non-drip.