Archive for August, 2009

Back to College Tip – Send Super Glue Along!

August 31st, 2009
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Hot Tip! – Send super glue along with college students for quick dorm room repairs!  Many of our best product use tips come to us directly from our customers.  Here’s a great story, sent in by Josiah, demonstrating just how handy a tube of super glue can be:

“My story involves a college dorm room a broken towel rack and Super Glue.  Due to an unfortunate turn of events the towel rack in my college dorm room broke free from the wall.  It had two feet that held it to the wall and one side came off.  I didn’t panic even though I knew that I would be charged for the damage.  I knew that I had a secret weapon that could save me some badly needed cash.  I went for my Super Glue like a frat boy towards an unguarded beer can.  I carefully applied the glue to the wall and to the part of the rack that had come loose.  I pressed it up to the wall and held on to it like I normally hold on to my wallet.  When I was sure it was dry I let go and tested it.  By the grace of all that is sacred it stayed in place and I avoided a damage charge that semester. . .”

[Super Glue Blogger’s note:  Great tip and we also suggest you send along a pack or two of  HandiTAK with college students.  Great for hanging posters, calendars, and pictures without damaging dorm room walls.  Just don’t forget to knead the HandiTAK until it is tacky for super holding power!]

Sculptors Like Super Glue’s Strength and Instant Set Time

August 31st, 2009
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One of our customers, Chuck, wrote in to tell us about his unique woodworking hobby and how super glue helps:  “I’ve been sculpting various vessels lately, from bowls to candle holders, starting from multiple glued-up layers of MDF (medium density fiberboard) and then carving the build-up with various power tools, from chain saws to grinders to disk sanders.  Obviously I require Super Glue’s strength here, because the glue joints undergo considerable stress during the tooling, especially as the wall of a vessel becomes thinner and thinner.  But a more important advantage of Super Glue is the almost instant set time.  Clamping these many layers all at once with normal woodworking glue would be extremely awkward, inaccurate, and time-consuming.  Whereas with Super Glue I can add layers one at a time, squeezing each new layer with my hands for the specified 15 seconds, almost like using contact cement (but faster, and with re-positioning briefly possible).”

[Super Glue Blogger’s Note:  Super Glue Corporation sells contact cements, and wood glues, but we can see how super glue would work best for this artist’s uses.  Instant adhesives do save time and add strength at the same time.  Thanks for the tip, Chuck!!]

Terracotta Warriors Restored With Super Glue!

August 27th, 2009
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Terra Cotta Warriors[Photo Credit: Houston Museum of Natural Science]

According to an article in New Scientist :

“Chemists have found a way to stop the paint from peeling off the famous terracotta warrior statues unearthed in China.

The life-sized statues, discovered in 1974, guard the tomb of Qin Shihuangdi, the first emperor of China who died in 210 BC. Over 1500 warriors have been unearthed to date, many with bright red uniforms.

But all lost their paint almost as soon as they were removed from the moist soil where they had lain undisturbed for 2200 years. “If you excavate them, they dry out instantly and in five minutes, the paint peels off,” explains Heinz Langhals, from the University of Munich in Germany.

Thousands more of the warriors remain buried at the mausoleum in Lindong, awaiting excavation. Now, Langhals and his colleague, Daniela Bathelt, have discovered why the paint peels and developed a way to stop it happening.

The cause of the problem was the natural lacquer applied to the terracotta surface as an undercoat for the paint pigments. Changes over time in the chemical structure of the lacquer mean that when it dries out, it curls off the terracotta and takes the overlying paint layer with it.

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The chemists solved the problem by finding a way to moisturise the lacquer layer and glue it irreversibly to the underlying terracotta.

To avoid instant desiccation, they pack all newly excavated items into containers which match the moisture levels of the soil. Next, they dab aqueous solutions of hydroxyethylmethacrylate (HEMA) onto the paint surface. HEMA is a monomer building block used to create some modern plastics.

When the HEMA has diffused through to the lacquer, the researchers apply a beam of high-energy electrons to the surface. This causes the HEMA to polymerise and harden, forming a glue which fixes the lacquer permanently to the terracotta.

Langhals says damage to the mausoleum caused by rebellions and fires resulted in most of the buried warriors being smashed into fragments, typically 15 centimetres square and two to three centimetres thick. These are easier to treat than whole soldiers, and can be reassembled into full figures once they have undergone the curing treatment.”

“Once they’re treated, you can handle them without any precautions,” he told New Scientist. “We hope we can see the first full soldier at the end of 2004.”

 Journal reference: Angewandte Chemie International Edition (vol 42, p 5676)]

Super Glue Corporation’s Blogger’s Note: Hydroxyethylmethacrylate is a type of super glue with similar chemistry to one of our super cool products recommended for plastics!  Plastic Fusion is polymethyl methacrylate chemistry and has a very high bonding strength.  Recently checked in with our senior chemist about this topic and he told me that HEMA is a chemical from the family of methacrylate monomers (like our CAs) and is normally used as an additive.  Super Glue Corporation’s super glues contain the polymerized form of methyl methacrylate called PMMA which is an additive to “flexibilize” the hard cyanoacrylate (CA).  Actual HEMA is slightly yellow and would not be desireable for our purposes – but the chemistry is from the same family.  We’re glad to know this chemistry was used to restore these amazing terracotta warriors so that they can be appreciated by future generations for a long time!!

 

Fast Pitch Softball Pitcher Tip Using Super Glue!

August 25th, 2009
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Kate, one of our customers, shared this helpful story with us:  “My daughter is a fastpitch softball pitcher and developed a callus on her pitching hand pointer finger (where she snaps the ball).  Her pitching coach tells her to put super glue on the callus to toughen it up!  It works!”

This video shows how those fingers could get sore … great tip!

Super Glue Reinforces Wood Carvings

August 25th, 2009
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Our customer, Laurence, tells us that he uses super glue to strengthen wood – “After hand carving wooden propellers while building model airplanes I basically apply a liberal amount of super glue to the wood and let it wick in to strengthen the propeller and help prevent breakage.” 

[Note:  This tip makes a lot of sense!  Super Glue is extremely strong, and substrates tend to break sooner than joints where the super glue is applied, so using it as reinforcement to strengthen the wood is a great idea!]

Paper Cuts & Super Glue

August 21st, 2009
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Leave it to moms to figure out that super glue is one of the best and quickest ways to heal a paper cut.  In this terrific blog about “simple, fun, and practical uses for everyday items” 24/7 moms shares this handy piece of advice along with other great tips.  All of us at Super Glue Corporation use this unique remedy all of the time … it’s quick, easy, and effective – just a little dab’ll do ya’!  Check out their other great tips!!

Did You Know?

August 20th, 2009
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Did you know that in the incredible animated film, Coraline, they made the snow with Super Glue and baking soda?  In an interview with Coraline director, Henry Selick, LA Weekly writer, Ella Taylor points out this is the first stop-motion ever to be filmed in 3D, and that Super Glue and baking soda were used to make the snow!  Creative people are the best!  Check out these two HBO videos Part 1 & Part 2 to see all the craftsmanship in this movie!


Marine Worm Generates New “Waterproof” Super Glue!

August 19th, 2009
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worm glueAccording to an article in “Science News” 8.18.09 by Rachel Ehrenberg researchers are studying a new formula superglue coming from a Marine Worm (see picture).  “The glue is secreted from a special gland and hardens in less than 30 seconds underwater, forming a leatherlike consistency over several hours.” 

WOW!  This is cool stuff and our lab, at Super Glue Corporation headquarters, will be following this research closely!

Super Glue & Zip Kicker Fix Guitar Nuts & Saddles

August 17th, 2009
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Our customer Robert M. sent us the following tip that we’d like to pass along to guitar playing musicians out there:

“Used together super glue and zip kicker harden as good as bone for guitar nuts and saddles.  Over time guitar strings expand the width and depth of their respective slots.  With a touch of super glue and a slight spray of zip kicker the slots can be filled and minutes later shaped and reslotted.  The tone is, as I said, good as bone.  Why waste the time or money to have expensive repairs done when I have these two handy products around …”

Super Glue & Sticky Fingers

August 12th, 2009
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Here’s an out-take from our recent product knowledge video shoot – You’ll notice Super Glue somtimes sticks instantly to our fingers, too! 🙂

Super Glue Out-take from Super Glue Corporation on Vimeo.