Posts Tagged ‘cyanoacrylate’

Guitar Repair

November 18th, 2010
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[Photo Credit: Bailey Guitars blog]

Watching the Country Music Awards the other night was fascinating.  All of the amazingly talented musicians and their equally amazing guitars, banjos, fiddles, and more!  Each instrument is as unique as its owner!  It’s mesmerizing to watch!

We know that musicians grow incredibly attached to their instruments and we’ve heard from many that our super glue products are used to create new guitars and repair favorite ones!  Check out this step-by-step blog post article about making the finger rest.

Wicking beads of super glue into all kinds of wood is a great way to add strength and durability.  Whether repairing or simply reinforcing, cyanoacrylates perform wonders!  Not all super glues are alike though.  High quality super glues come in a range of viscosities to meet specific needs. 

If you have questions about what type, or viscosity, of super glue you need for your project don’t hesitate to contact us.  Custom formulations are even available for private label customers.

Inventor of Super Glue Awarded National Medal of Technology and Innovation

October 21st, 2010
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Harry Coover, the scientist who accidentally discovered super glue during unrelated research as an Eastman Kodak chemist,  has been awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation for 2010.  This year’s award recipients were announced by President Obama, in a White House press release, on October 15, 2010.   The press release states, “The extraordinary accomplishments of these scientists, engineers, and inventors are a testament to American industry and ingenuity,” President Obama said.  “Their achievements have redrawn the frontiers of human knowledge while enhancing American prosperity, and it is my tremendous pleasure to honor them for their important contributions.”

Here is a summary of this year’s award winners from a National Science Foundation press release:

Harry Coover for his invention of cyanoacrylates, a new class of adhesives that have influenced medicine and industry, and are known widely to consumers as “super” glues.

Helen Free for her seminal contributions to diagnostic chemistry, primarily through dip-and-read urinalysis tests, that first enabled diabetics to monitor their blood glucose levels on their own.

Steven Sasson for the invention of the digital camera, which has revolutionized the way images are captured, stored and shared, thereby creating new opportunities for commerce, for education and for improved worldwide communication.

Marcian E. “Ted” Hoff, Jr., Stanley Mazor and Federico Faggin for the conception, design, development and application of the first microcomputer, a universal building block that enabled a multitude of novel digital electronic systems.

We congratulate all of this year’s recipients of  the National Medal of Technology and Innovation which according to the Office of the White House, represents “the highest honors bestowed by the United States government on scientists, engineers, and inventors.”

We especially extend our congratulations to Harry Coover, the inventor of cyanoacrylates, commonly referred to as “super glues”.  His discovery is still enhancing the lives of people today!  Super Glue is amazing stuff!!  Read more about Harry Coover on the Super Glue Corporation website.

Zap-A-Gap: Glossy Wood Finishes That Look Like Glass

September 27th, 2010
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Knife-1-300x225[Photo Credit:  John Pauza]

Look at the radiant finish on this custom knife handle.  You will be amazed to find out how the glassy smooth finish is achieved.

The artist, John Pauza, says he uses our specialized hobby cyanoacrylate, Zap-A-Gap, “as a crack and defect filler, but also as a finish on wood”.  According to John, “I make custom knives and have learned to apply a light coat of  “Gap” with a paper towel, allow it to dry, wet sand smooth with 600 grit paper, then buff with green rouge.  With practice this process creates a hard protective finish that looks like glass!  Incredible stuff!”

We think YOU are incredible, John!  Thanks for allowing us to share your story, and these amazing pictures, with our readers.  We have heard that many woodworkers use Zap-A-Gap to protect the wood, but we’ve never seen such beautiful examples. 

Take a look at these beautiful knives John created with his most unique process:

	Knife-2-300x225Knife-3-300x225Knife-4-300x225.Knife-5-300x225[All Knife Photos Credit:  John Pauza]

Bet these knives could carve a pretty cool pumpkin or two!  Happy Fall, Everyone!!

What do Harry Coover, I’ve Got A Secret & Super Glue have in common?

June 8th, 2010
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harry coover

[Image Credit:  Lemelson-MIT Program “Inventor of the Week“]

CLUE:  180px-Super_Glue_tube

Harry Coover is known as the “inventor” of Super Glue!  Here’s a link to an interesting article about Super Glue, Dr. Harry Coover, and the history of the hanging car.  You can also learn more about Super Glue’s history by scrolling down to the bottom of the page on this link.