Archive for September, 2014

How to Remove Super Glue from Your False Eyelashes

September 30th, 2014
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Super Glue is one of the strongest bonding products you have the ability of using whenever something is no longer to stay in its place. With Halloween approaching, that means our adhesives may be the perfect solution to keep your costumes safely together to ensure that you do not have the wardrobe malfunction of the year that even Miley Cyrus won’t try to top.

Ladies, we know that when it comes to eyelashes you love adding that little extra piece as the finishing touch to your wardrobe. However, some women do make the mistake of mixing up their super glue products with eyelash glue. While super glue is a great all-purpose sealant that is great for wood, fabrics, plastics, glass and rubber, never under any circumstance should anyone turn to Super Glue as a cosmetic tool. Although it is cheap and very effective, it can be an injury that can send you to the emergency room. No need to fear, here are a few easy steps everyone can remember if they find themselves in an unfortunate bond with super glue.

There are quite a bit of people who believe that nail polish remover is the only valid solution to remove unwanted Super Glue but contact with acetone can enter the body and be extremely painful if it splashes into your eyes. As most may not know, acetone is the main ingredient used in most nail polish removers which is a highly flammable liquid that can also burn, discolor and damage skin on contact. In fact, we suggest you attempt these four solutions to remove Super Glue from your eyelashes:

  • Dab hot water with a cloth until removed
  • Gently massage light/sensitive Baby Oil with a finger or cotton pad
  • Purchase eyelash glue remover and dab on with cotton balls
  • Visit a salon technician for professional eyelash removal

No matter how unorthodox your use of Super Glue may be this fall, we want to remind you to enjoy yourself and do not use Super Glue if it is advised against certain situations. Utilize our safe and quick methods of eyelash removal if you end up accidentally using Super Glue around your eyelids and tell us how these removal steps benefit you in our comments section.

Super Glue as Your Friendly Furniture Stabilizer

September 25th, 2014
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Super glue is a product nearly all households are familiar with. In fact, there is even a Wikipedia page all about Super Glue! When working on projects with wood, you may run into an issue that goes beyond the old nuts and bolts of the past.  While many common wood products are made of dense wood with sufficient oils that make the use of wood glue possible, others need a specialized glue like Leather and Wood Super Glue (made by Super Glue Corporation).

Using cyanoacrylate (CA) glue, otherwise known as “super glue,” is a staple of every wood craftsman. Not only does it form quick-drying bonds to different materials, such as metal to plastic, but it also works well on most types of wood safely without creating more damage. Any loose parts on your project present a risk to the overall structure of your wood chair, table, or other wood objects. That is why it is important to address small cracks and punctures that appear to “give out” or dismantle right away before more damage is done.

Stabilizing Rotten Wood

The first thing to remember is that various woods react differently to stabilization. Softwood absorbs large amounts of chemicals and is too sensitive to respond to treatment. An old carpenters’ trick is to fill nail holes or rotting woodwork with sawdust and super glue. To patch wood with this method, you need sawdust that matches the specific wood you are patching. Add some Super Glue to the hole and then sprinkle over the top with the sawdust.  Repeat until the space is filled.

Repairing Furniture Joints

For minor damage and destruction of wood tables, chair joints and other wood surfaces you can quickly restore the strength of your furniture. Inspect the furniture closely for screws, bolts or nails that may have fallen out or dislodged and deformed. Remove these items if they no longer serve as a supportive source. Once these items and old glue have been removed, place the furniture on a flat surface (to help prevent the glue from leaking out) and add a light coat of glue into each joint or crack. Unlike wood glue which requires clamping and a long wait period (sometimes days!), Super Glue dries nearly instantly needing only some masking tape and a little time.

We Want to Hear From You!

Use Super Glue’s Leather and Wood Super Glue adhesive to repair some of your worn out pieces of leather and wood furniture and tell us how Super Glue worked for you in our comments section!

Super Glues Improve Fuel Efficiency In New Cars

September 18th, 2014
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untitled[Photo Credit:  A new Lincoln MKC …  European PressPhoto Agency via Wall Street Journal]

According to a Wall Street Journal article, September 8, 2014, Super Glues are being used to help make cars lighter in order to ultimately improve fuel economy.

Heavier metal fasteners like rivets, nuts and bolts are being replaced by super glues which can hold things together just as well, or better, while improving fuel efficiency.

“The global market for structural adhesives used in cars, airplanes and other vehicles should hit $2 billion this year, up from $1.5 billion a decade ago,” according to IHS senior consultant Erik Linak quoted in the article.

The WSJ article states that “carbon fibers and other composite materials lend themselves more to glues than screws” and lighter weight aluminum and composite fibers are what automobile manufacturers are using instead of heavier substrates like steel wherever possible in new cars.  “About 27 pounds of adhesives go into the typical car today, up from 18 pounds a decade ago,” said Daniel Murad, chief executive of ChemQuest Group Inc., a Cinncinati consulting firm.

Deciding which metal fasteners can be replaced by glues is a challenge for engineers.  Safety is still their top priority and federal standards must continue to be met.  Adhesive manufacturers, working with engineers, are always seeking new formulas which can withstand higher temperatures, be removed and/or replaced easier, and bond to a wider range of substrates.

Using adhesives (super glues, epoxies, etc.) to replace fasteners is definitely on the rise, in the automobile and airline industries as well as many other industries,  and this is excellent news for manufacturers and consumers!

Can Super Glue Tow a Truck?

September 3rd, 2014
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PHOTO Credit: MythBusters

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In the above Web exclusive video from MythBusters, the crew attempts to rig up a Super Glue tow truck. While the idea should work in theory – our logo after all illustrates Super Glue suspending a car – the application in this particular instance is not as straightforward. The movement experienced when towing a vehicle is very different than that of a vehicle being suspended in the air.

Super Glue bonds are strong, but forces like torque can disrupt them when applied in different directions. In other words, every bump in the road can threaten the integrity of the glue. The group in the video might have had better luck with something slightly more flexible, like our Rubber Toughened Super Glue. Of course, this was all just for fun. Towing a vehicle bumper-to-bumper is a poor idea in any circumstance, and this application goes well beyond the many uses for Super Glue.