Archive for October, 2016

Keeping it Together: Bondini and Workshops

October 28th, 2016
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While there’s certainly a stereotype that a workshop is usually for woodworking, there are as many different types of workshops as there are different types of hobbyists and do-it-yourselfers. There is, however, one constant: Bondini adhesives. These adhesives are great for every type of workshop.

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Why Choose Bondini?

 

Bondini adhesives are unique in that they do not require a clean surface for application. That’s right! Unlike other glues and epoxies, Bondini adhesives work on even the most uneven, rusty, oily, greasy, grimy, and dirty surfaces. They also work on both porous and nonporous surfaces, including nylon, glass, wood, ceramics, brick, leather, and more. Bondini adhesives are available in dropper, squeeze tube, and brush-on application options so you can apply as much or as little as needed with ease. The Bondini adhesives line from Super Glue includes five different products to meet all of your workshop needs: Bondini 2, Bondini Everything Gel, Bondini Xtreme-3, Bondini 2 Brush-On, and Bondini Brush-On Remover Gel.

 

Uses for Bondini in the Workshop

 

Because it’s so versatile, Bondini has nearly unlimited uses for crafts, home improvement projects, and hobbies.

 

Bondini adhesives from Super Glue Corporation are ideal for automotive and motorcycle work because they can be used on greasy and grimy lines, connections, and other car parts. Bondini adhesives are great for carpentry projects, too, because they can be used to adhere wood, clean or dirty, to almost any surface you could want to. Similarly, Bondini adhesives are perfect for outdoor projects where it can be difficult to clean the surfaces you want to adhere something to.

 

Bondini adhesives can also be used for crafting activities. These adhesives are great for modeling hobbies such as doll house and miniature furniture construction and decoration, as well as creating model trains, cars, planes, and other vehicles. Art projects like mosaics, sculptures, and jewelry-making can also be made easier with the versatility of Bondini adhesives.

 

Workshop Safety

 

Remember that all strong adhesives require a few safety steps to protect you and your workshop. Before starting any project, make sure to cover any surfaces that you want protected and plastic gloves to protect your skin. You may also want to consider a mask and protective eyewear to protect yourself from the adhesive’s fumes, especially if you have sensitive eyes or a sensitive respiratory system. Make sure you read the instructions on your adhesive before you start your project to avoid damage to your materials.

 

While working on your project, work in a well ventilated area. Fans and open doors and windows can help create ventilation if your workshop is not already well ventilated. Keep your Bondini adhesive away from children and animals, and keep the cap on your adhesive product while it’s not in use. Hold the container firmly, but without squeezing, and facing away from you to avoid spillage and make sure any spillage isn’t on you.

 

Cleaning Up

 

If you need to clean or remove Bondini from a surface, don’t just attempt to tear or pry it off as you can damage the surface you’re trying to pull it off of, whether it’s your skin or something else. Use warm soapy water to work the glue off. You can gently pry at this point to hurry the process, but stop if you meet resistance. Acetone can also remove Bondini and other adhesives, but can damage surfaces and irritate the skin. If you’re trying to remove the adhesive from around your eyes and mouth, just use warm water. If you have difficulty removing adhesive after following these steps, contact a medical professional.

 

More About Super Glue Products

 

Super Glue offers a wide variety of adhesive products with an adhesive available for any project or hobby. Browse our website and blog to find out more about Super Glue uses, removal, and projects and see how Super Glue projects can work for you.

Zap: The Perfect Adhesive for Hobbyists

October 28th, 2016
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If you are a hobbyist, you know how important it is to have the right products for your project. Fortunately, with the Zap family of products from the Original Super Glue Corporation, there is an option for everyone.

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Why Choose the Zap Family of Products?

 

Super Glue’s line of Zap products offer a wide variety of options for everyone. Zap adhesives are versatile, durable, and shock resistant. These adhesives are specifically formulated to be used on both porous and nonporous products including woods, such as balsa wood, metal, plastic, and fiberglass.

 

In addition to adhesives, the Zap Family of products include a variety of products to maintain and protect other hobby components, including engine parts, canopies, electrical connections, and others.

 

Uses for Zap Products

 

Between Zap’s adhesives and other products, this line can be used for almost any hobby.

The Zap line offers adhesives perfect for laminating wood parts, filling gaps, detailed repairs, strengthening fiberglass, and sealing parts. These products come in a range of consistencies for whatever strength of adhesion is needed and for minimizing the appearance of repaired cracks. Zap also offers adhesives that are safe for products that can be damaged by other adhesives, such as foam and plastics.

 

In addition to adhesives and epoxies, Zap offers a variety of other hobby-related products. These include de-bonders for adhesive and epoxy removal, track cleaners and corrosion inhibitors, engine cleaners, and thread lockers. These products are perfect for cleaning and securing a variety of surfaces and hobby components.

 

Cleaning Up Zap Products

 

If you need to remove a Zap product from a surface, don’t attempt to force it off and pull adhered objects apart. This can damage the surfaces. Sometimes a razor blade can be used to sever bonds and separate items, but, if not, soak the area in warm soapy water to soften the glue. The adhesive should weaken within a few hours. Acetone can also be used to remove adhesives, but can damage surfaces and irritate skin, so hobbyists should use acetone for this purpose with caution. If trying to remove Zap products from around the mouth and eyes, do not use soap, just warm water. If adhesive or epoxy doesn’t remove from the body within a few hours, contact a medical professional.

 

More about Super Glue Products

 

If you’re a hobbyist, don’t trust your pastime with anything less than the best. To find the Original Super Glue Corporation’s line of Zap products at a merchant near you, consult our list of Zap distributors. In addition to the Zap family of products, we also offer a wide variety of adhesive products with an adhesive available for any project or hobby.

5 Strength Defying Uses for Super Glue

October 28th, 2016
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While super glue can be a great tool to use around the house for those DIY projects, most people don’t know just how strong this adhesive really is. In fact, time and time again, super glue has been proven to be one of the strongest available bonding agents on the market.

Here’s a look at five ways super glue has been used that proves just how strong a bonding agent it truly is.

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 1. The Hanging Car

A radio station had heard about super glues and decided to put them to the test at a local junk yard. Among the super glues tested were many of the National Brands on the market today. The test was to hold a hanging car from a crane. Eastman 910 (commonly known today as super glue) bonded steel which lifted up to 3000 pounds after just 10 seconds. Today’s record for weight held up by super glue is 5000 pounds.

 2. Mountain Free-Climbing

Recently, two Americans completed what has long been considered the world’s most difficult rock climb, using only their hands and feet to conquer a 900m vertical wall on El Capitan, the forbidding granite face in Yosemite National Park that has beckoned adventurers for decades.

Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson became the first to free-climb the Dawn Wall, a feat that many had considered impossible. They used ropes and safety harnesses to catch them in case of a fall, but relied on their own strength and dexterity to ascend by grasping cracks as thin as razor blades and as small as coins, which is extremely tough on the fingertips.

When the fingertip callus splits, climbers have devised various remedies that allow them to keep going. Athletic tape (applied in an X-pattern to allow full mobility of the finger joint) can provide enough protection for an injury. More advanced than the X-pattern is the Miami Thong, also known as the British Flag, in which separate strips of tape are applied in layers, first longitudinally, then in a crisscross design.

A common problem with tape is its tendency to slip off the finger. Instead of wrapping the finger more tightly and risking it going numb, climbers often use a strong adhesive such as super glue, applying it directly to the skin before wrapping the digit in tape.

 3. Battlefield Wounds

The use of super glue in medicine was considered early on. Eastman Kodak and Ethicon began studying whether the glue could be used to hold human tissue together for surgery. In 1966, super glue found a use in Vietnam, tested on-site by a specially trained surgical team, with impressive results.

The compound demonstrated an excellent capacity to stop bleeding; so, during the Vietnam War, Dr. Coover developed disposal super glue sprays for use in the battlefield. This spray was used as a way to stop bleeding from an open wound, so that wounded soldiers were able to be transported back to the base hospital.

Super glues are still used in surgeries today to close up wounds and surgical incisions, and can be used as a barrier against common bacterial microbes including certain staphylococci, pseudomonads, and Escherichia coli. Super glues also find use in medicine for orthopedic surgery, dental and oral medicine, veterinary medicine, and for home use as Band Aid brand Liquid Bandage.

 4. Fixing Coral Reefs

Super glue has even proven to be strong underwater, as it can be used to fix coral reefs. While this is a popular trend among people who own aquariums, just imagine the potential that super glue has for fixing damage to coral reefs in the ocean.

To attach coral frags in your aquarium:

  1. Gather your materials—Super Glue adhesive, AquaMend putty, paper towels, and your coral frag.
  2. Find the right location—take into account the flow and lighting the area provides, match that with the requirements of the coral frag.
  3. Trim the frag plug—frags are sold on live rock pieces or on their own. You will need to trim to match the type of aquascape you are looking for.
  4. Mix up a small ball of AquaMend putty—make just enough to fill any holes or areas that are on the live rock you are attaching to.
  5. Apply the adhesive gel to the frag or plug—dab dry the coral with a paper towel. Use the correct amount to make a secure bond for the next step, but try not to add too much that it will ooze onto the coral itself.
  6. Apply the putty ball to the adhesive on the frag—you don’t need to push very hard, just secure it to the glue.
  7. Apply another layer of adhesive to the top of the putty—super glue gel will cure to a wet surface.