The Goods On Sports Adhesives

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Sports Adhesives and the Sports Enthusiast

Participants from every sports discipline demand a great deal from their equipment, particularly if they’ve paid for the high-end stuff. So, when a big brand puts its name on a product and sponsors a high profile professional athlete to endorse it, sports fans buy into the hype and trust that they’re getting quality goods.

Even the highest paid NBA player relies on a pair of shoes that will protect his feet from the hardwood — while not coming unglued.

Sports Adhesives Make Repairs Possible

From hockey players to weightlifters to snowboarders, today’s most successful athletes are faster, stronger and more skilled than ever before. In addition to the pressure they put upon themselves to achieve more, they put an equal amount of pressure on their equipment.

Basketball players have special footwear (without adhesives, their shoes would lack shape and structure); hockey players customize their sticks (with an adhesive tape that sticks and stretches); and snowboarders repair and personalize their boards (with polyurethane adhesives to repair cracks and adhesive board skins to identify cool graphics).

With most sports equipment (like hockey skates, snowboards, baseball bats), bonding adhesives and epoxies are commonly used to ensure a flawless performance — even under extreme conditions of use such as heat, cold, pressure and vibrations. In order to determine which adhesive will work best for your particular needs, refer to our handy online Glue Guide.

Too Much of a Good Thing

“An apology is the super glue of life.”

Sticky situations are a fact of life. Prior to the ban imposed in 1981, ‘sticky’ substances like glue or rosin (tree sap) were rumored to be commonly used by players in the National Football League to improve their grip on the ball. Oakland Raiders defensive back Lester Hayes and Hall of Famer Jerry Rice were called out for using a glue-like substance to improve their stats.”

Whenever any adhesive is applied and made to perform against its intended purpose, compromises are made and the integrity of the product is challenged. With every application, make sure you’re using the right adhesive for the task at hand, follow the application instructions, and keep out of reach of children.

Find out why Bondini by Super Glue  is a sports enthusiast’s fantasy adhesive!

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Quality Adhesives for RC Model Airplanes | Zap

May 29, 2016 No comments »
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Building Radio-Controlled Airplanes with Quality Adhesives

Building a RC (radio controlled) model aircraft from scratch takes dedication, patience and attention to every single detail. There are no shortcuts to get to the final product and there shouldn’t be. Similarly, none should be taken with the all-important adhesive that binds it all together.

Whether you are starting out with an ARF (almost ready to fly) RC airplane or you have ventured into balsa and plywood aircraft, one thing is certain, your plane needs to be able to handle the stress and pressure of flying. Just as you would need to keep your measurements down to a tee, your choice of glue can make or break the delicate balance of the aircraft. Aerodynamics is a tricky beast and every aspect of your airplane must be just right in order to fly at an optimum level.

How Do You Pick the Right Adhesive?

To get it right the first time, your choice of glue has to be relevant to the type of model aircraft you are building. For example, nowadays, ARF airplanes incorporate more foam and plastic so an ideal choice would be Zap-O Foam Safe CA for foam parts and Poly Zap for plastic parts. On the other hand, if you are creating a composite airplane with light woods such as balsa or plywood, then select Zap-A-Gap. For post applying adhesive to balsa wood joints use the wicking grade ZAP CA. For canopy assemblies on cockpits use ZAP ‘s Formula 560 Canopy Glue which dries crystal clear and remains flexible.

How About the Engine?

No problem. Zap has got you covered. For thread locking fluid, also known as securing nuts and bolts by applying adhesives to fasteners, there is the Z-42 Thread Locker. This product has the ability to resist vibrations and prevent fasteners from loosening, which provides stability to the aircraft’s engine. Think of the engine as the heart of the plane and the glue as the blood flow that keeps the airplane running smoothly and as one cohesive unit.

Zap adhesive products not only apply to the initial building process of the composite aircraft but to the maintenance and repair process as well.

How Important is the Quality of Adhesive for My RC Model Airplane?

Zap adhesive products are a testament to hobbyists who take themselves and their crafts seriously. Considered one of the highest quality adhesives for any recreational activity, Zap has time and time again proven itself to be the choice for model builders who spend countless hours perfecting their craft.

Picking the right adhesive to match your composite RC aircraft should be one of the first steps in the planning process because as you know, it’s mighty difficult to go back once you’ve made a mistake.

Much like a car engine that requires premium quality oil to run, when it comes to providing the right glue or adhesive, there can be no substitutes. That feeling of satisfaction and pride when your model aircraft successfully flies can be in part attributed to you picking the correct tools and equipment for the job.

 A Hobby is a Passion

Part of our mantra at Zap is that a hobby is a passion, and passion is what life is all about. We consider it a privilege to be lost in that moment of anticipation as you concentrate on gluing that one final piece. It is what we call a “being in the zone” and there is no other place you would rather be.

The process of creating a model aircraft, piece by piece, is as much of a joy to the builder as is the moment when the plane takes off for the very first time.

Whether it is radio-controlled aircrafts, miniature railway tracks, model boats or plastic figurines, every set has a piece that needs to be put together with care and dedication. Simply put, the love that is put into your project can only be matched by the quality of resources used to create it. Start now by choosing one of our premium quality adhesives at Zap.

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Scrapbook Adhesives Add Creative Pop

May 27, 2016 No comments »
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Front Porch Treasures puts a super fun twist on scrapbook adhesives, especially if you’re into scrapbooking. And these days, who doesn’t enjoy a little scrapbooking?

Scrapbooking became a huge hit between 2001 and 2004, with over $2.5 billion in sales and 1,600 companies creating scrapbooking products for a growing number of hobbyists (or “scrappers”) who created their own social network to share their creative ideas.

Digital scrapbooking has added more functionality to the traditional scrapbook as interest in this highly involved craft remains high – across the board:

• Over 4 million women in the United States alone consider themselves to be scrapbookers.

• Over 4% of all women in U.S. have done traditional scrapbooking. Millions of others do various aspects of photo books but are not scrapbookers.

• Scrapbooking is one of the largest categories within the craft and hobby industry and now considered to be the third most popular craft in the nation. From 1996 through 2004, sales of scrapbooking products increased across the United States. In 2005, annual sales flattened for the first time after many back to back years of double growth. From 2006 through 2010 traditional scrapbooking sales have declined, while digital forms of scrapbooking have grown. Traditional scrapbooking sales for 2010 have declined to about $1.6 billion in annual sales from a peak of about $2.5 billion in 2005.

Add Pop, Punch, Depth and Dimension to Your Creative Projects

Scrapbook adhesives like the Front Porch Treasures dots are easy to handle and worry-free because all of the products are double-sided, acid-free, lignin free, photo-safe and permanent.

The mounting foam squares and dots come in a variety of sizes and they work great on invitations, pop-up books, and of course — scrapbooking.

Looking for a Few Scrapbooking Ideas?

Scrapbooking is a fun ‘craft’ to do with children of all ages. It’s a great way to round up all those old photos and share a few fond memories. If you want to try something a little different, however, try these on for size:

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Front Porch Treasures Product knowledge Video

Watch the Front Porch Treasures Product Knowledge Video here. We’d love to see a short video of your finished project!

Medical Grade Super Glue Helps Girl Walk Without Pain

May 25, 2016 No comments »
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Medical-Grade Super Glue Enables Girl to Walk Pain-Free

Super Glue has many incredible everyday uses but an article published in March highlights one of the life changing uses Super Glue can have in people’s lives. Medical-Grade Super Glue was used to help Madison Fairchild walk without pain for the first time in years.

Madison had a mass of tangled veins in her calf that caused immense pain when she walked, stood or ran. After trying more traditional treatments that either didn’t work or made the issue worse, Dr. Jonathan Perkins (a pediatric otolaryngology physician at Seattle Children’s Hospital) performed an experimental treatment in which Medical-Grade Super Glue was injected into the veins so that they can be removed surgically. The glue made the veins rigid, which allowed the surgeon to go in and remove them without hurting the surrounding tissue.

“Four days later, she’s walking,” said Kristen Fairchild,  Madison’s mother. “She’s a totally different child. Her outlook is more positive.”

Read the full article here.

(Note: This procedure was performed by a surgeon using Medical Grade Super Glue. SuperGlueCorp. strongly suggests that you keep all Super Glue products out of the reach of children. Please follow safety protocol with all Super Glue products.)

Z-Poxy Gets Top Notch Rating From Customer

May 9, 2016 No comments »
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Z-Poxy Receives Rave Review from Reg D.

Much Love for Z-Poxy Finishing Resin

Our customers tend to come up with some pretty creative uses for our adhesive products. We especially love it when they take the time to send us their stories and photos.

Reg D. recently purchased our Z-Poxy Finishing Resin and wrote to tell us that he uses it to build musical instruments.

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Repairs Made Easy With Z-Poxy

“The Guitar top, back, and sides were finished with a coat of Z-Poxy to seal and flatten/fill the wood and provide a flat surface for the color coats and finish coats,” he said. And the results? “Top notch!”

The results are truly stunning, wouldn’t you agree? Thanks for the beautiful photos, Reg D!

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Make Scrabble Tile Coasters with Super Glue

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How to Make Scrabble Tile Drink Coasters

If you have ever used the Original Super Glue, you know it dries quickly and firmly once it has cured, making it a very popular adhesive for all sorts of crafts and DIY projects.

This ‘Scrabble’ tile drink coaster set is one of our favorite craft projects because it simply demonstrates how fast and easy it is to work with Super Glue.

Not only are these drink coasters fun to make, but they also make great gifts. As decorative accent pieces, this Scrabble tile coaster set will really add character to your game room or your coffee table.

Note: We’ve also seen this done with Dominoes, Dice, Mahjong Tiles, and old-fashioned checkers. Simply substitute the game piece used in any of these games with Scrabble tiles and you’ve put a new twist on an old classic. With a little patience and creativity, most gaming pieces can be found online for pennies and easily transformed with a little Super Glue.

Scrabble Tile Drink Coasters: Here’s What You Will Need

  • A 5.5” square piece of wood or tile to use as the base for your coaster
  • ⅛” to ½” thick Flat Cork sheeting (Note, you can also use wine corks the way we did in our January 2015 blog)
  • 36 Scrabble Tiles
  • The Original Super Glue
  • Ruler
  • Fine-Tip Permanent Marker
  • Some metal foil to cover your work surface

Making Your Scrabble Tile Coasters

  1. Take your metal foil, and use it to cover your work surface. This will keep any errant glue drips from sticking to your table.
  2. Next, carefully cut a piece of the cork backing the exact size and shape of your coaster base.
  3. Apply Super Glue to the coaster base.
  4. Firmly press the cork backing down onto the glue. Be sure to align the backing appropriately, as Super Glue dries quickly and firmly.
  5. Wait a few minutes for the glue to cure a bit, then turn your coaster over
  6. Now, we could end here and you’d have a perfectly functional coaster. And that’s fine if all you want to make is a plain coaster. Instead, we’re going to add some flair to these plain coasters by adding some gaming pieces. Scrabble tiles are probably the easiest, but you can use other gaming pieces as well. With a little imagination there’s no limit to the fun things you can create. For this, lay the Scrabble tiles out how you’d like them to be arranged on the coaster. If you like, find the right Scrabble tiles to spell out your name. Other ideas: spell out a few fun drinking words or simply go with a mish-mash of letters. It’s totally up to you.
  7. Place a small amount of Super Glue on the back of your first Scrabble tile, then place it in the top left corner of the front of your coaster. Continue until you’ve placed all the tiles (or dominoes, or dice) in the order you want.
  8. Let the coasters sit overnight to allow the adhesive to fully cure and by morning you can enjoy your new set of Scrabble tile drink coasters!

Other Fun Super Glue Projects

Check out The Original Super Glue Blog! We regularly post fun new (crafty!) ideas to spark your imagination and creativity… while giving you new uses for that tube of Original Super Glue adhesive.

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DIY Fridge Magnets with Fix-All Adhesive

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How to Make DIY Animal Fridge Magnets with Fix-All Adhesive

Fix-All Adhesive is a great all purpose glue that you can use on most at-home DIY projects. This Animal Fridge Magnet project is a great example of an inexpensive and super easy DIY home project that you can do alone or with kids.

These cute little critters can be used to mark chore charts, hold up grocery lists, or simply used to decorate a metal surface. No matter where you choose to place your animal magnets, you’re sure to have a blast making them.

Animal Fridge Magnets:
Here’s What You’ll Need

  • A few small, solid plastic animals. You can find these online or at most big-box stores. Note: If you find some hollow plastic animals that you’d like to use for this project, simply cut each animal in half and fill with air-dry clay. This will create a solid backing for your animal that you can then use to attach your magnet.
  • A box cutter or other sharp blade. As long as it has a straight edge, you should be good.
  • Magnets. You can use standard decorative ceramic magnets or you can spend a little extra on some smaller rare earth magnets.
  • Fix-All Adhesive
  • Optional: Spray paint. We like how these animals look once they’re coated with a little metallic gold or silver spray paint.
  • Optional: Plastic ‘Googly Eyes’. Make a fun project even more fun by adding a pair of ‘googly eyes’.
  • Finally, one brick of air-dry clay if you are using hollow plastic animals.

Making Your Magnets

  1. If you’re spray painting your plastic animals, now is the time to do so. Make sure they are completely dry before continuing. Note: Always work on a protected surface in a well-ventilated area when using spray paints or other aerosols.
  2. Once the animals have completely dried, carefully cut them in half using the smooth downward motions to avoid ragged edges.
  3. Clean up any rough edges with the knife.
  4. If you have hollow animal figurines, fill the insides with air-dry clay and set them out to harden up.
  5. Once you’ve done that, simply glue one of the magnets to each half of the animals and let dry.
  6. Optional: If you want to add a little touch of silliness, you can glue ‘googly eyes’ over the eyes on the figurine for an extra whimsical look.

Enjoy Your New Animal Fridge Magnets!

Be sure to place your fun animal magnets where they’ll be seen and adored! Of course, you can follow and apply the same steps using other objects that you think would make for an interesting magnet.

You can pick up a bag of extra Scrabble tiles and turn those into fridge magnets. They’re a fun way to pass the time while waiting for something on the stove to boil.

Whatever you decide to do with this ‘magnetic’ idea, the sky’s the limit!

If you’d like more ideas, be sure to check out the Original Super Glue Blog or just simply browse online for more great uses of our adhesive.

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Wedding How-to: DIY Centerpieces for Personal Charm

March 25, 2016 No comments »
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Wedding decor can take a lot of time, effort, and money to assemble. Creating your own centerpieces can save you precious money, while adding personal charm to your wedding theme. With just a little bit of Future Glue, you can create beautiful centerpieces that will wow all of your guests and make your ceremony unique and memorable.

Use Flowers

Nothing is more romantic than floral centerpieces. Flowers exude an air of freshness while adding a pop of color to a white table cloth. Attach your favorite flowers together with Future Glue to create unique, handcrafted arrangements.

Custom Frames

With Future Glue, it’s easy to showcase your favorite photos by creating custom frames. Frames are simple to make and can incorporate special designs and messages to share cherished memories with your guests.

Party Favors

Little party boxes are attractive accent pieces which offer a fun gift for guests to open while drawing their eyes to the table. Boxes are easy to make with stiff paper and Future Glue: use your wedding colors or a striking hue to add contrast to your theme.

Tissue Flowers

If you are planning a winter wedding, fresh flowers may not be readily available. Fortunately, tissue flowers are easily made year-round. Through simply gathering tissue paper and gluing the ends together, you create the effect of a beautiful bouquet without worrying about freshness. Add bells in the center for Christmas spirit.

With a little creativity, you can make meaningful decorations that will add personal, handcrafted charm to your special day. For more wedding DIY inspiration, consult the crafting experts at Super Glue.

DIY Fur Ottoman: Simple Steps with Super Glue

March 18, 2016 No comments »
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Super Glue is a crafty and resourceful way to revamp your home on the cheap. Its versatility lends it to endless possibilities—even transforming your furniture.

Follow these simple steps to make your own custom DIY fur ottoman for a chic update to any room:

1. Purchase a used or plain ottoman.

If you are planning on adding fur, simple is best. Used ottomans are perfect for projects like this: not only are they cheaper, but they also add character to your design for a truly unique piece. If you’re not an antique shopper, a plain ottoman will do just fine.

2. Remove the original fabric.

Strip down the ottoman to its bare bones. Once you’ve reached the cushioning, prepare your Super Glue. If the cushioning is too damaged, it may have to be replaced in order to achieve the look and feel that you desire. Fortunately, foam is very inexpensive and easy to find.

3. Prepare the fur and the glue.

Take precise measurements before cutting the length of your chosen fabric: you’ll want a continuous strip that covers the whole ottoman. Sheepskin rugs are also a great way to achieve the same effect without spending too much time and money.

Apply glue to the frame. Place the fabric over the top and make sure that it is properly secured. Trim the edges to your liking.

4. Let dry and enjoy!

Your ottoman is almost ready! You will want to let it dry for at least three days to ensure that the fabric has properly set. Once the fabric is securely attached, your ottoman is ready to enjoy.

For more DIY home inspiration, consult the crafting experts at Super Glue.

DIY Decorative Mosaic Tray

March 11, 2016 No comments »
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A mosaic tray can add creative flair to any coffee table or desk for a personal touch. Best of all, you won’t have to break the bank to make one. With your favorite bowl, Bondini glue, and some old CDs, you can create a beautiful custom mosaic tray for your home with these simple steps.

Materials

-Plate or bowl
-Bondini glue
-Old writable DVDs
-Kitchen shears
-Gloss (optional)
-Grout

Directions

1. First, you will need to separate the layers of the DVDs. It is important to use DVDs for this project, as CDs only have one layer. Using the kitchen shears, cut from the edge of the DVDs to the center. Repeat on the other side, cutting the DVDs in half. Gently lift apart the two layers. Continue to work your way all the way around the DVD: you should be left with a thin silver layer to use for your project.

2. Once the layers are separated, cut the DVD halves into 6 or 7 equal pieces as if you were cutting a pizza—however, leave the ends attached to the inner ring of the DVD to prevent the shards from flying. Then, tear the pieces gently from the inner ring.

3. If your tray is going to be displayed outside, you will need to spray the DVD pieces with gloss in order for them to retain their reflectiveness. Otherwise, the reflective coating will wash off in the elements.

4. Adhere the DVD pieces to the edge of the tray with a dab of Bondini glue. Be careful not to get any glue on the reflective surface.

5. Carefully apply grout between the pieces, using a damp rag to wipe off the excess. The grout will protect you from being cut by the sharp edges, and will also add another layer of protection if you plan to leave the tray outside.

For more DIY inspiration using Bondini glue, check back with the crafting experts at Super Glue.