Creating a New Year’s ‘Wishing Wand’

December 31, 2015 No comments »
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As people all over the world ring in the new year, they reflect upon the passing of time, yet celebrate the prospect of upcoming changes and fresh possibilities. Family and friends join in the festivities with confetti in hand and resolutions in mind. A great way to also involve little youngsters in the season’s merrymaking is by helping them create something fun and cute like this Wishing Wand craft. Using ZAP-A-GAP CA+ adhesive and a handful of materials, the Wishing Wand encourages kids to express some of the hopes and goals they have for their future, as you all start off the new year with some enjoyable family time.

What You’ll Need

  • Different colors of cardstock
  • ZAP-A-GAP CA+
  • A marker
  • An assortment of sequins, rhinestones, and other sparkly stuff
  • Scissors
  • A dowel or stick
  • Some curled ribbon or garland (optional)

The Crafty Countdown: Making the Wand

Like many other crafts, the first step to creating the wand is to prepare a suitable space for you and your child to work. Covering a surface with newspaper or an inexpensive tablecloth is a good idea, as things can get a little messy.

Next, grab the cardstock and scissors. You’ll need to make 2 different star pieces; the first one will be sort of the border of the wand and a place for your child to write their goals for the upcoming year. Star shapes can be tricky, so you can learn how to cut out a 5 point star hole with this tutorial.

Once the hollow star border is ready, get a different colored piece of cardstock to make the solid star shape that will display all the glittery bits. Trace the outline of the star border onto the fresh piece of cardstock and cut it out.

After both of the pieces have been prepared, use the ZAP-A-GAP CA+ to glue the star border to the front of the solid star. Then, have your child write a few of their wishes around the star border using a marker. Offering the opportunity to talk and to be creative, this often results in ideas that are unique and maybe even humorous.

Next, it’s time to add some sparkle and bedazzle. You can help your child adhere bigger, shiny pieces one-by-one using the Zap glue, or you can apply some adhesive to the star center and then let your child sprinkle the sequins and things all over the glued area.

When the glue has dried and the star sparkles to satisfaction, you’ll then need to attach the wand handle. Using the ZAP-A-GAP CA+ once again, adhere the selected handle piece to the back of the star. If you don’t want the connection spot to show, you can always glue another star-shaped piece of cardstock on top of it.

Lastly, once the handle is connected, add some colorful ribbon or a little bit of wired foil garland for a whimsical touch. Then you can enjoy the moment of watching your child wave in the year 2016 with their Wishing Wand in hand.

We Wish to Hear From You

Did you also use ZAP-A-GAP CA+ glue for a repair or to create something memorable? Tell us all the details on Super Glue’s Facebook page. We hope to hear from you, and wish you a very happy New Year!

 

How to Repair the Weatherstripping on Your Car

December 21, 2015 No comments »
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Wintertime’s cold air, chilly rains and falling snow certainly all know how to make an entrance. Some people adore this type of weather and welcome it with open arms, while others would simply prefer to avoid it at all costs. In any case, one thing we can all safely agree upon, is that the blustery elements of winter belong outside of our cars and not in them.

Weatherstrips are pieces of rubber that prevent rainwater from seeping into a vehicle’s interior, as well as also keeping out drafts of air. Installed around areas such as car windows and doors, these strips of rubber also stop glass from rattling and reduce the sound of road noise. However, when these rubber seals become damaged or worn with age, the outside is able to work its way inside. Pro Seal’s Super Weatherstrip Adhesive can provide a strong and secure seal which keeps the piece of rubber and the intruding wintry weather both in their rightful places.

Steps to Repair

Sometimes, weatherstrips can tear from a door or window frame in a certain spot, but the condition of the rubber is still springy and sufficient. In these cases, a repair may be all that’s needed. But when a weatherstrip has become worn out or cracked, then replacement is most likely necessary.

If your weatherstrip does not need to be completely replaced, but just reattached to do its job, follow these few, simple steps. First, you’ll need to use a gentle cleaner to clean the rubber and the surface area in which the strip has become loose. Once that has been done and has been dried, apply a small line of the adhesive to the back of the rubber and to the channel. Next, allow the adhesive to dry somewhat until it’s of a tacky consistency.

Then, reposition the strip and press it into place. Use masking tape to secure the rubber seal while the adhesive dries. Pro Seal’s Super Weatherstrip Adhesive is quick drying, but some people leave the tape on for a little under an hour before removing.

Seal Out the Weather, But Let The Sticky Stories Pour In

Weatherstripping does a good deed when it comes to keeping the elements on the outside of your car. With El Nino in our midst and the wet and wild ways of winter in our path, it’s important to maintain and/or replace these useful rubber strips before our vehicle’s interior is affected.

So, if you’ve also used Pro Seal’s Super Weatherstrip Adhesive for such a repair, we’d love to hear your tale. Please share it with everyone on Super Glue’s Facebook page. Oh, and don’t forget to try and stay warm this winter season!

 

 

 

Your Best Super Glue Sports Fixes

December 14, 2015 No comments »
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Sports and various athletic activities play an integral part in the lives of millions of people. Not only can they provide benefits when it comes to aspects of health, but they also have the capacity to offer an enormous amount of fun. However, let’s be honest, what’s not so fun is when these activities leave your gear in need of repair or a quick fix. Such circumstances are all a part of life, but thankfully sticky situations are what Super Glue Brand Products do best. Here’s a look at how these fast bonding adhesives can put wear-and-tear on the bench, and keep you in the game.

Ready, Set, Repair!

Tennis, Anyone? Return after return, tennis racquets can take a bit of a beating. But a loose grip doesn’t have to result in a sudden end to this “love” story. Replacing a worn grip with a new one is quickly and easily done by applying a small amount of Bondini Glue.  Its ability to provide a strong bond even through dirt and grease makes it an excellent adhesive to choose for this type of racquet repair, as well as mending fishing gear and other sports equipment fixes.

Another great fix for the grip on your tennis racket, golf clubs or racquet ball smasher is E-Z Fuse Tape. In fact, this versatile tape can be used on anything that needs a better grip. So if you find your hands slipping and sliding, wrap a bit of this around your handle and swing away in confidence.

Aces for Laces Skateboarders also commonly apply Super Glue to their shoelaces in order to protect them from busting or falling apart so easily when doing tricks.

Rope it Together To prevent those who sail, CrossFit, or exercise from being at the end of their ropes, Super Glue can come in handy for various rope fixes. Sailors can use it to repair fraying rope ends. And by applying some of the adhesive to a boxer’s or CrossFitter’s speed rope, it can altogether keep the rope well, all together.

Be a Sport, Share Your Story

From the dirt-defying powers of Bondini, to the high performance properties of The Original Super Glue, these powerful adhesives know how to hit a homerun when sports repairs throw a curve ball. If you, too, have used them for a sport fix or know of a unique repair that should make this list, please share it with us on our Facebook page!

 

Rustic Holiday Tree Topper Craft

November 23, 2015 No comments »
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Christmastime is swiftly approaching and will probably be here before you can say Old Saint Nick. All the hustle and bustle of the holiday is soon to be in full swing with loads of shopping, celebrating and decorating going on. For many people, the decorating aspect plays a major part of the merriness of the season, and it’s often even more fun when an element of creative crafting is added to the mix. If you’re looking to do a bit of DIY this year, here’s a simple tree topper craft that, with some help from Bondini Everything Gel, can spruce up your Christmas tree with a cute country flair.

What You Will Need

The rustic décor trend is still in style and going strong. Mason jars are being used in unique and surprising ways, and nature-inspired designs are beautifying many a shelf, mantel or dining room table. This rustic holiday tree topper falls right in line. Here’s what you’ll need to complete the craft:

  • Several long sticks
  • Jute twine
  • Chicken wire
  • Wire Cutters
  • Bondini Everything Gel
  • Heavy duty scissors or small garden shears
  • Artificial holly or poinsettias (optional)
  • Strands of lace (optional)

Steps To Making the Star Tree Topper

Creating your rustic tree topper first involves gathering sticks/branches from your yard or the outdoors. Look for sticks that are similar in terms of thickness. Once you’ve collected several, cut them into 10 pieces of the same length using smaller garden sheers or heavy duty scissors. For a good sized star, they should all be about 5 inches long. For an even larger tree topper, make them all 6 inches long.

After all the sticks have been cut, plan out a star, creating 5 outward points. When you are ready to glue, apply some Bondini Everything Gel and adhere the points one by one. This adhesive is ideal for dealing with materials from nature because it works well on dirty surfaces. It’s also able to fill in the gaps in between the sticks.

Once all 5 points have been glued and the gel has dried, use the adhesive to connect the remaining inward points and the shape of the star should all come together. Next, take the twine and wrap it around each connecting point several times.

After the star frame is ready, you’ll need to cut the chicken wire. This should be done with care, as the wire is sharp when cut. It can also be a bit tricky to cut the wire in the star shape. Trace the outline of the star onto the chicken wire, cut it out, and then adhere the shape to the star frame. Then trim the excess edges of the wire. Once that’s finished, your rustic tree topper is ready to adorn your tree with all its simplistic beauty.

Hint: If the topper is a bit too simple for your taste, go ahead and add a splash of festive fauna by attaching artificial poinsettias or holly sprigs in the chicken wire, or weave strands of white or ivory lace through the wire holes for a shabby chic touch.

What’s Your Christmas Craft Story?

Did you also use Bondini Everything Gel or another Super Glue product to create a one-of-a-kind holiday craft? Share the details of your creation on our Facebook page. We’d be “merry” happy to hear from you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stocking Stuffers for the DIY Lover in Your Family

November 16, 2015 No comments »
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Christmas is the perfect time of year to get into the gift-giving spirit with presents and well-wishes that are straight from the heart. For you or the DIY’er in your family, this is another prime opportunity to dive into creating gifts that are built with innovation, inspiration, love and a little help from some great Super Glue products. Let’s take a look at some crafty stocking stuffer gifts that are sure to make your friends and family smile this Christmas season.

Drawer Knob Wine Stoppers – For the Wine-Lover

This clever gift idea is extremely easy to make and so cute, to top it all off. All that’s required are wine corks, new or vintage drawer knobs, and Original Super Glue. Simply apply some of the adhesive to the top of the cork and adhere the knob. Press down firmly while the glue dries. You can also use a rubber band to hold the pieces together during this time.

Plus, if you’re loving the idea, but looking for a little more sparkle, try gluing a beautiful geode onto the cork instead.

 

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Button Bookmarks – For the Reader

Ideal for that booklover you love, this simple stocking stuffer only takes minutes to make. First, you’ll need to choose several buttons to use, either ornate and unique or quaint and classic, whatever you prefer. For many DIY’ers, you’ve probably got a lot of these lying about in a jar somewhere. Other materials that will be needed are jumbo paperclips, Accutool Super Glue Gel, and some small fragments of felt.

To create, apply a small drop of the adhesive to the back of the button. In cases such as these, the Accutool provides excellent precision and control, and also minimizes the mess. Next, attach the top of the paperclip to the button and let it dry. For a sleeker finish, add a tiny piece of felt to cover the connection spot with the button and the clip.

Tip - Not only do these bookmarks make great stocking stuffers, but they also make great additions to the top of wrapped presents as gift tag holders.

Wrapped Candy Bars – For the Chocolate Lover

This stocking stuffer idea is perfect for giving to those young and old and in between, so long as they like a little something sweet. With this craft, you’ll need candy bars, a glue stick, decorative craft paper, card stock, scissors, double-sided tape and Front Porch Treasures® Foam Mounting Dots.

First, wrap your chosen holiday paper around a candy bar. Cut out the paper once you have made sure there’s enough to wrap completely around the bar, with a little extra paper at each end. Then use your double-sided tap or glue stick to connect all the edges together. Once wrapped, move on to making the face of the Christmas character of your choice, like Santa, the Grinch,or Frosty the Snowman. Use your cardstock paper to assemble different shapes that bring the character together, or draw and color the features using markers.

Next, put one or two foam mounting dots on the end of the bar where you want the face to go, then attach the face to the dots for a dimensional effect. Lastly, add ribbon and/or a gift tag, and then your wrapped candy bar character will be ready to peer out from the very top of the stocking.

Looking For Other Stocking Essentials?

Super Glue’s not only great for creating stocking stuffers, it also makes a great gift! Check out our extensive line of products and brands, from Zap for hobbyists and Pro-Seal for automotive applications, to plenty of other adhesive options for repairs, crafts and more.

Tis the Season to Tell us Your Super Glue Stories

If you’ve created some nifty DIY Christmas gifts with Super Glue products, we would love for you to share the details on our Facebook page. And last, but certainly not least, here’s wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

 

How to Use Super Glue in Your Fish and Coral Tank

November 9, 2015 No comments »
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Many people enjoy the magnificent sight of an aquarium filled with vibrant fish swimming gracefully throughout it, or with a display of stunning coral. Whether in an office, restaurant or home, it’s a chance to behold and appreciate the beauty of aquatic life here on dry land. Reef builders and fish tank hobbyists put forth a great amount of time and effort in creating and maintaining these tanks, using various materials to bring it all together. It may come as a bit of a surprise, but one popular tool for aquarium use is Super Glue.

As a cyanoacrylate adhesive, Super Glue’s relationship with water is an interesting one. When exposed to even the moisture of the air, cyanoacrylates react rapidly and form extremely strong bonds. They also have the ability to resist water, which is why they are so commonly used for aquarium applications.

How It’s Used

There are several different aspects and natural components that play unique roles in a tank, like types of plant life and corals. These elements often require a fixative to set them in place.

Plants

One way Super Glue is used in aquatic tanks is to anchor plants such as java ferns to driftwood (or rocks). Java ferns are beautiful, green plants that can add an aesthetic touch to an aquarium, as well as provide an area of protection for fish. By gluing them to something like a rock or a piece of driftwood, it gives their roots a chance to attach. To do this, first use a paper towel to dry off the driftwood and the stem-like portion of the fern. After that, apply a small amount of Super Glue to the stem and connect it to the wood. When all java ferns are on the driftwood, let the glue dry for about 5 minutes or a bit longer, before putting the completed piece into the aquarium.

Coral

Cut coral parts (called frags) can also be affixed to live rock in order to colonize the coral. In this case, Super Glue Gel is a favorite. With its thick consistency, this adhesive provides for more precise application because it does not run. Connecting these elements can actually be accomplished underwater.

Once a frag has been cut and removed, it needs to be dried off with a paper towel. Then apply some of the gel to the coral, then a bit of safe underwater putty, and then another application of the gel (in essence-like a sandwich). Next, quickly and firmly attach the coral frag to the desired location on the rock and the gel will cure underwater.

What’s Your Super Glue Story?

Did Super Glue also help your aquarium project go swimmingly? Or did you use it for a unique DIY craft or a much needed repair? Tell us the details and you just may wind up winning some free Super Glue products!

Super Sticky Saves with Super Glue

November 2, 2015 No comments »
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Fitting conveniently in drawers, tool chests and glove compartments all across the nation, Super Glue is the extra handy adhesive that’s small in size, but mighty in strength. Not only is it more than able to assist in numerous types of repairs and craft projects, but it can swiftly save the day when you’re in desperate need of a quick fix. Does it sound like this glue should be wearing a red cape? Well, it could, but it really doesn’t need one. With “super” already in its name, it adds the hero part by coming to the rescue with life’s little emergencies. Just take a look at these ones.

Examples of Sticky Saves

Fixing Footwear – Shoes experience a lot of wear and tear. Damage can occur at some of the worst possible moments, such as right before an important business meeting, in the middle of a wilderness hike or during a big date. Super Glue can step up to the repair rescue by applying a small amount to a loose or broken heel, applying pressure, and giving it a few minutes to set. You can also use the adhesive to reattach a sole or to quickly fix a separated toe on a sneaker. Some skateboarders even apply the glue to their shoelaces to keep them from fraying.

Mending Outdoor Dilemmas – Super Glue can also be a go-to repair tool when you’re out and about and on the go. When fishing, a damaged rod can often come in between a day of leisure or a meal. Using a small amount of the quick-bonding adhesive on a loose handle or reel can get your gear, well, back in gear.

For those who cycle to get around town or just for fun and exercise, the sight of a flat tire is a never a good one. Of course, this can seem especially true when you’re in a hurry. Repairing a bike tube without a patch is a quick way to get you back on the road again. After inflating the tube to locate the leak, apply a small amount of Super Glue Gel to a toothpick or tiny stick. Put the tip of the stick in the bicycle tube, and then let the air out. Next, quickly remove the stick. After a few minutes, pump up the tube again to check and make sure that the leak was repaired.

 

Did Super Glue Save the Day for You?

These are just a few ways our fast-acting adhesive can aid in the predicaments of life. We’d love to hear how it also helped you in a repair rescue, so please share all of the sticky situation details on Super Glue’s Facebook page!

 

The Ultimate Centerpiece Activity to Keep Your Kids Entertained During Thanksgiving

October 22, 2015 No comments »
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Fall has arrived. Sure, it’s rather shocking that the year has flown by so fast, but it’s also the perfect time to start preparing for festive crafts for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday season. With the gathering of family and friends, the making of a delicious feast and the process of keeping children entertained, many people find that they have a whole lot on their plate — both figuratively and literally speaking.

 

However, with a little help from Super Glue, these pinecone turkey centerpiece craft ideas will provide kids (and adults) with a fun activity in between those heaping plates of food.

 

What You’ll Need

It’s a wonderful time for family to gather together, and what better way to really bring people together than with a craft time. This craft presents the great opportunity of going on a family nature walk and collecting the pinecones that are needed.

 

If you gather more than are used for the craft, you can always preserve the pinecones to make them last longer for Christmas time decorating ideas. Another option is simply purchasing them online or at your local craft store.

 

Additional Required Materials:

  • Crayons
  • Super Glue ACCUTOOL®
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors/kids scissors
  • Markers
  • Pom Poms (optional)
  • Wiggle eyes (optional)

 

Making The Turkey Day Treasures

 

Creative Crayon Holder

Using the pinecone as the body of a turkey, it’s super easy to make a cute, festive kiddie table topper and crayon holder. First, select a pinecone that has enough distance in between the scales to fit 4 or more crayons in a fanned out pattern, like feathers. Then remove the crayons.

 

Next, have the children create the face/neck and feet shapes out of the cardstock. Depending on the child’s age, this may require a little assistance from an adult. The figure 8 shape for the neck and the heart shape for the feet can be pre-drawn out for kids to color, decorate and then cut out. Otherwise, children can make their own pieces if they are able.

 

Once the shape is ready, for safety reasons parents should be the ones to use the ACCUTOOL® to glue them on. The precision applicator allows for a single drop to be dispensed, or continuous streams. To create the turkey, simply apply a few drops or a small stream to the base of the pinecone and then adhere the figure 8 cardstock shape. Once dry, grab the heart shaped piece and adhere to the bottom side of the pinecone for the turkey’s feet.

 

After the shapes have been glued on, all that’s left to do is put the crayons back in the pinecone. Not only is this turkey table topper simple for kids and parents to create, but it’s a craft that keeps on giving, offering children the fun of using their crayons and putting them back in their holder as they color and work on other activities at the kid’s table.

 

 Another Centerpiece Idea

 

If you’re looking for another centerpiece idea, try having the kids make pinecone turkeys that display what they are thankful for this year. This is a cute spin-off of a Thanksgiving thankful tree craft. Once again using the pinecone as the turkey’s body, have the children write down their blessings on cardstock strips or a cutout tracing of their hand.

 

Next, super glue the piece (or pieces) to the base of the pinecone. Create the turkey’s head out of a fluffy pom pom, wiggle eyes, and a cardstock mouth. This piece should be adhered more towards the tip of the cone. Once finished, this centerpiece craft is sure to make you smile as it displays the heartfelt, and sometimes amusing, things children are thankful for.

 

 Tell us Your Thanksgiving Tale

 

Did you use the Super Glue ACCUTOOL® to create a totally cool Turkey Day craft? Go ahead and share your story on our Facebook page. We’d love to gobble up all the details!

 

Zap – The Best Adhesive for Hobbyists

October 16, 2015 No comments »
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It’s a commonly known fact that hobbyists love to make things. They enjoy the art of building something bit by bit, piece by piece, with the use of steady hands and a keen eye. Often, along with patience and skill, they rely on one other element to complete their work: adhesives. Come to think of it, it’s hard to imagine what we’d all do without them.

But for hobbyists in particular, glue needs to not only make things stick, it needs to work within the demands of their recreational project. Many hobbyists use Zap brand adhesives because they offer the strength, durability, and resistance to shock these projects require. Whether it’s a model they’re building or a moving mechanism, connecting the parts with a quality adhesive means each treasured creation has a better chance of being its best and lasting long.

Connecting The Parts With Canopy Glue

One of the most popular adhesives hobbyists and modelers use is called canopy glue. In the modeling world, canopies are pieces that are used to cover the cockpit of an aircraft or another vehicle. They are often clear and made of plastic or fiberglass.

Zap’s Formula 560 Canopy Glue is excellent at attaching these essential pieces because the bond created remains flexible yet strong, and can withstand vibration and high speeds. Additionally, hobbyists use this type of adhesive because it doesn’t fog the canopy and excess amounts can be wiped away easily with a wet cloth.

Formula 560 may have “canopy” in its name, but it can also be useful for hobbyists in different types of applications. For makers of RC planes, it can be used to glue the hinges of the control surfaces, the moveable parts on the wing and tail that enable maneuvering. This glue is recommended for connecting these hinges because of how well it adheres to the plastic, and how it swells the wood, which adds to the bond created.

Tell Us All The Details

A lot goes into building the intricate models and projects hobbyists create. If you used Zap’s Formula 560 Canopy Glue for your creation, we’d love to have you share the details on Super Glue’s Facebook page. And if there are any gaps in your story, well I’m sure we’ve got something sticky to fill those in!

Super Glue Helps Instrument Repair

October 9, 2015 No comments »
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It can certainly be said that Super Glue’s resumé is getting pretty hefty these days. Along with its countless household and office applications, the adhesive never ceases to amaze by adding another surprising use into the mix. One of its more unique applications is that it can be used to make repairs on instruments, such as bass and acoustic guitars.

 

As musicians know all too well, instruments can experience a lot of wear and tear from continuous playing and handling, and the occasional bump or blunder. Using Super Glue for simple fixes can be a cheap and effective way to quickly get your guitar back in gear.

 

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Cyanoacrylate glue can be used for numerous types of repairs when it comes to guitars, from filling in a minor crack on the fretboard, to adhering a loose inlay. In each and every situation, protective clothing should be worn and the working area should be well-ventilated.

 

Additionally, since the adhesive forms a strong bond almost instantly, fixing something in a jiffy can be easily done. However, this also means that you’ll need to work fast, and with care and precision.

 

Recipe For Repair

 

One great way to fix minor guitar problems is by mixing Super Glue with baking soda to repair a broken nut. For those who don’t already know, the nut is the thin strip of bone or another material, that dictates the spacing of the strings. When a string keeps popping out of the guitar nut, it is possibly due to the nut being worn down.

 

To remedy this, remove the string and use a file and a little acetone on a Q-tip to clean the groove. Next, put some baking soda in the nut groove and then add a small amount of Super Glue. This should harden quickly, and then can be refiled to hold the string.

 

If an entirely new nut needs to be installed, the good news is that this adhesive can help for this particular project as well. By applying just one or two small drops of the glue to the back of the nut, you can securely adhere it into the slot. However, because Super Glue is strong and powerful stuff, avoid putting too much onto the nut, as this can make removal/replacement of the piece troublesome in the future.

 

Additional Repairs That Can Be Done With Super Glue:

 

  • Installing frets
  • Binding installation
  • Finishing the neck

For another great instrument repair tip, check out how Z-Poxy can be used to refinish a guitar.

Music To The Ears

It really is quite astounding how many diverse uses one adhesive can have. Helping guitarists make quick and cost-effective repairs to their beloved instruments is like music to our ears. If Super Glue has helped you fix your guitar or if you know of another exciting application, please share all of the details on our Facebook page. We look forward to hearing from you!