Super glue has been around for quite a few years now and, compared to the days when milk-based (like Elmer’s) glues were the adhesive state-of-the-art, we have come a long way. Super glues will bond almost anything(s) together and, because it has no mind of its own, it bonds whatever you get it on – including your own skin – so careful application is of the essence. In fact, the only complaints I have heard about Devcon glue are situations that are the result of that type of careless “user error.” My own experience has been entirely positive.
For the chemically curious, the usual formula for super glue includes such ingredients as Hydroquinone, Ethyl 2-cyanaocrylate and Polymethyl methacrylate. Generally referred to as Cyanoacrylate adhesives, Devcon’s brand among them, they are some of the strongest readily available household glues available outside of industry. Devcon Super Glue, in particular, is notable by it’s relative inexpensiveness, general availability (hardware stores and many drug store and supermarkets stock it) and, most importantly, it’s easily recloseable applicator tubes. Many people who have bought tubes of super glue for a particular purpose have been frustrated, as I have, by the fact that no matter how carefully and per instructions you recluse the top, the next time you need it, the product has hardened into a state of complete uselessness. Not so with Devcon. The rescrewing, double phase top actually works and I have found the product still fresh and viable months after first opening it.
Use Care And Prepare
Using it requires care. It is best prep an area, cover it with some disposable material (paper or cardboard), lay out the pieces you will be working with and then very gingerly open and apply the glue. Most skin contact errors occur not in the application but when it comes time to pick up something that you have applied the glue on to attach it to the other ‘thing’ or piece. Having small tools handy to assist in this, particularly when gluing small things, is of the essence. Tweezers, a small bladed knife, etc. Set yourself up careful first. It is not a good kind of product to try to use in a hurry or on-the-fly! Some skin contact may be unavoidable and washes off, in most instances, after a few hand washings. Check the label for instructions dealing with more serious spillages.
All-in-all, Devcon Super Glue is a great product and a good value. No home should be without some of it handy. For woods and papers, old standby “Elmer’s” remains a good choice. For harder, less porous materials like metals, plastics, glass, etc., this super glue is just what the doctor ordered.