December 12, 2013
No comments »
[Photo Credit: www.commons.wikimedia.org]
During the holidays, houses of worship from all religious backgrounds will be full of people. Many of these visitors will be fortunate enough to take in the beauty of decorative stained glass. So when we came across this handy do-it-yourself fix for cracks in stained glass, we thought it couldn’t come at a more appropriate time. Although repairing broken stained glass usually takes a master hand, virtually anyone can patch a simple crack.
First, you will need ink that matches the color of the cracked glass. In a mixing bowl, pour a small amount of baking soda and a couple drops of ink. Mix it together until you have something that matches the color of the glass, adding more ink if necessary. Now apply the Super Glue. Squeeze a small amount along the crack on either side of the glass. Before the glue dries, spoon on your ink mixture and spread it along the crack. The ink and Super Glue should mix together.
Wipe off the excess mixture with a damp towel. Super Glue dries quickly, so you’ll have to move fast. You can use a razor blade to further smooth out the glue/ink mixture along the crack. Let it dry overnight and you’ll have a near-seamless piece of stained glass to adorn your home or place of worship this holiday season.
No comments »
[Photo Credit: www.duggal.com]
We came across this novel use for Super Glue on www.doityourself.com. Although our Original Super Glue liquid isn’t designed to bond with porous surfaces, like some wood, it can save you a lot of hassle when mounting two pieces of wood together.
When you are mounting two pieces of wood, it can be difficult to keep the pieces in the right position as you join them using nails, screws, or other fasteners. Many people can become frustrated as the wood slips out of place. And if you’ve ever swung a hammer, you know that unstable structures tend to slip out of place from the force of every blow.
To ensure a strong bond and keep the wood flush, apply some Super Glue to the surfaces that are being joined. The glue dries fast and holds strong. This helps ensure a flush mount for all your wood projects.
November 25, 2013
No comments »
[Photo courtesy of Frank Garcia]
We recently heard from another satisfied customer who uses our Extra Thick Foam Mounting Squares to give his projects added depth:
“My name is Frank Garcia and I work for Prima Marketing Inc. a scrapbooking company located in Chino, CA. I am an educator that teaches classes all over the country and internationally and I have been using your Extra Thick Foam Mounting Squares for years now on my scrapbooking projects and classes.”
Thanks for the feedback, Frank! That’s exactly what we designed our Extra Thick Foam Mounting Squares for. It’s always great to hear about the many uses our customers routinely find for our products, especially when that customer is out there teaching others about these great craft ideas. These adhesives are great for attaching pictures and decorations to any craft project. And just look at the way his scrapbook pops!
We want to hear from you. How are you using our Foam Squares or other Super Glue products?
You can view the details of Frank’s next scrapbooking workshop here: https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventId=1226341
It’s going to be a 2 day fun-filled workshop with a total of 6 classes by different instructors. Brand new Winter 2014 products will be featured and over $600 dollars worth of exceptional Prima products for use, including our very own Extra Thick Foam Mounting Squares!!! We can’t wait to see the amazing projects that are created during this 2 day extravaganza!
November 18, 2013
No comments »
[Tungarahua Volcano Photo Credit: Wikipedia]
This exciting story came to our attention from The Original Super Glue(R) customer, G. Neumaie:
“We were on vacation in Ecuador. When we left for a hiking trip, I made sure to bring a couple of tubes of Super Glue. To make a long story short, we drove from Quito out to the Mountain Tungarahua out past the city of Ambato. This volcano is usually somewhat active, not like Mount Imbaburra where we were based. So, out we went, climbing and looking at the boiling steam vents and the sights of Nature. The volcano awoke, shaking the whole mountainside with a roaring low pitch sound like a thousand thunderstorms. Some of us fell down on the sharp rocks. We had to get out in a hurry. There were wounds that were bleeding, but the priority was to get off the mountain. Out came the Super Glue! A few dabs on the wounds after a quick wipe and the bleeding stopped. When we got down to the town of Banos, the Doctor said we didn’t need any stitches because the Super Glue took care of it. My family was safe and sound, thanks to the quick acting super glue. Later we had ice cream.” ….
We say, “Boy, did you ever deserve that ice cream!!”
Thanks for sharing your amazing story with us and thanks for reminding us to TAKE SUPER GLUE HIKING!
No comments »
Back in 2006, a customer sent us this picture of her bedroom with the following note:
“I have thousands of magazine cutouts and posters covering every inch of space on my bedroom walls, blinds, closets, drawers, and shelves that are all held up with poster tac. Two years ago, The National Examiner did a story on my room and a small picture of it can be seen here. I am currently moving out of my parent’s house and moving into my own apartment and will be doing the same thing with my new bedroom and although it will take a lot of effort, Poster tac will get me through…”
After coming across this picture recently, we were just as astounded by her creativity as we were all those years ago. It’s yet another example of all the creative ways that customers regularly find to use our products. Using our reusable adhesive, HandiTAK, she was able to turn her entire room into one giant collage of all the things most important to her (including one of the best sitcoms of all time, “Friends”).
Since HandiTAK is reusable, we’re curious to know if any of the posters and cutouts adorning her bedroom made it to her new apartment. Does she still go to sleep with Joey, Chandler, and Monica keeping a watchful eye over her? More importantly, are any of you using our HandiTAK to decorate your walls? What sitcom casts made the cut?
November 5, 2013
No comments »
[Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.com]
With the end of summer comes the beginning of the rainy season, at least in most parts of the country. Now is the perfect time to clean and repair your rain gutters. After all, once the rains come, it will be too late! To shore up your rain gutters while the weather is still dry, we recommend The Permanent Patch.
If you have vinyl rain gutters, you may have noticed some of the sections becoming cracked or separated. Weathering and debris can cause your gutters to move and undermine the seams between the sections. If you have aluminum gutters, you’re more susceptible to punctures and seam separation.
All of these common problems can be solved with the application of the permanent patch. Simply pull the separated seams back together, cut out a square of permanent patch, and apply directly over the seam. Cracks and punctures can be covered in the same way. The patch is waterproof, meaning it should hold strong in even the wettest storms. Make sure to do this on a sunny day, as the patch is UV activated.
The permanent patch can then be sanded and painted to match the finish of the rest of your gutters. And there you have it: an easy solution to rain gutter leaks, just in time for fall.
October 31, 2013
No comments »
The Original Super Glue can be used to bond so many materials – aluminum, ceramic, china, rubber, pottery, wood – that we often forget that it also has some pretty novel uses as well. In our search to discover all the ways that people use our products, we came across this handy how-to video, which revisits an old tactic from “Beverly Hills Cop.” As it turns out, you really can check for fingerprints using Super Glue (although the technique used in the video is a little more complicated than the way Eddie Murphy did it).
If you’re interested in playing amateur detective (a fun activity for children and adults alike), all you need is some Super Glue, a small tray made from aluminum foil, a candle warmer, a cup of water, a container just big enough to hold these items (such as a cardboard box) and the piece being checked for prints. If you are checking for prints on a large object like a door, you can tape the box around the test area. Place the aluminum foil tray on top of the heater, with the glass of water right next to it. Place the test item in the opposite corner, with the print surface facing toward the heater. Then, place a large drop of Super Glue in the tray and seal the box. Keep the box in a well-ventilated area. The cyanoacrylate in the glue should, when heated, react with the chemicals in the fingerprints. This should take about ten minutes. When the prints are developed, you can photograph or scan them.
And there you have it: yet another use for Super Glue. Have fun getting your Axel Foley on.
October 28, 2013
No comments »
[Photo Credit: www.surfing-waves.com]
Super Glue holds strong, lasts long, and dries fast, so it’s no wonder that we’re always finding new ways to use it. Despite the number of ding repair kits on the market, it seems that surfers often use Super Glue to repair minor damage to their beloved boards.
One message board at Surfer Magazine offered some illuminating advice for sealing small cracks on the surface of the board. According to the message board, a few dabs of Super Glue on spider cracks or small dings can provide a water-tight seal that keeps your board from turning yellow and getting water-logged.
For an extra-tight seal, one user recommended heating the affected area and applying the Super Glue while it cools (the cooling draws the glue into the cracks). Our Super Glue is made to sand smooth without becoming brittle, making it an ideal sealant for small cracks and dings. If you surf and have tried this method of repair, let us know how it worked for you.
October 26, 2013
No comments »
[Photo Credit: via George Crill]
Some of our best product use ideas come directly from satisfied customers. George C., from Kalamazoo, MI, sent us this photo of a “porcelain bamboo vase which was broken into a couple dozen pieces and put back together with super glue gel.” George suggests using super glue “sparingly, it doesn’t take much to achieve a strong bond with household items.” We agree!!
George also tells us he “used the gel to bond fabric to leather on shoes; repaired a CFL light bulb to its aluminum base with glass adhesive as well as multiple [other] glass items; and once repaired an engine fuel injector & oxygen sensor with super glue gel.” Additionally, he connected an engine gasket to a water pump with Pro-Seal. George added, “One of the most delicate repairs was a glass figurine repaired and attached to its metal base. I could think of a 1,001 repairs that can be made with the variety of super glue products available.”
Wow, we appreciate that feedback, George! THANKS for sharing your story with us! It made our day! And now, let’s give George the last word: “One thing I always have on hand is Super Glue which has become a household fix all! It hasn’t failed me yet.”
October 25, 2013
No comments »
[Photo Credits: FlyFishingUSA]
Fly Fishing is both a sport and an art! It is important to always be prepared for whatever emergency situation might arise. A “Traveling Angler’s Maintenance Kit” is a great idea that came to us via The FlyFishing Shop Insider Newsletter … Here’s what they suggest carrying along in the kit:
Zap-A-Gap Super Glue
A screw driver set that fits all screws on your reels
Extra tip-tops that fit your rods
Fly Line Cleaner
We know what it takes to trek out to a great fly fishing location, whether it’s a freshwater or saltwater destination, and we agree that a Fly Fishing Maintenance Kit is a terrific idea. Who knows? You may even find that Zap-A-Gap comes in handy as a sealer for the superficial scrapes, cuts and blisters that may be a result of landing the Big Catch as well!!