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One thing I've never needed to use until recently is super glue. I've managed almost four years of living in my own home without breaking anything worth using super glue on, and then I got a car and pulled the top of the gear stick off after only a couple of weeks, the only thing that would stick it back on and keep it on was super glue.
The glue I purchased was this Loctite precision super glue with some of my Amazon vouchers, I would imagine it's available to purchase from hardware and DIY stores too. The 5g tube I bought cost me no more than £3 delivered.
The packaging is quite busy to look at with colours and wording going on throughout the front of the packet. It is made up of a transparent plastic window stuck to a cardboard backing. The packaging tells us it is suitable to use with a variety of different materials including china, metal, rubber, leather, wood, paper and plastics. The actual tube of super glue is made from plastic, the nozzle that the glue comes out from seems to be longer than it needs to be as it is very long, I guess this is to help with precision application (and to save fingers from getting glued together!). The nozzle is hidden beneath a screw top lid so you don't have to worry about the super glue leaking out when it's not in use.
The super glue comes out of the nozzle at a nice speed so you don't have to faff around when too much has come out, you can control it easily. The longer nozzle helps target the areas you need to put the super glue if it is something fiddly. I had to stick the lid of my gear stick back on to the main gear stick and found that with the long nozzle I could get the super glue close to the edge of the piece that fell off and made a circle right the way around the outside. After holding it in place for a couple of minutes the gear stick was as good as new and the piece that had fallen off was safe again. Almost a year down the line and that piece hasn't fallen off again so it really does work.
I haven't had the need to use the super glue again since, but there is still lots left in the tube tucked away at the back of a cupboard should I need to use it again. The results of this Loctite precision super glue are fantastic and for that reason, I'd definitely recommend it.
Super glue is one of those essentials to have in, and if I have run our you can guarentee I will need it. Loctite super glue is probably one of the better brands of super glue I have come across and I must prefer the liquidy sort of super glue than the thicker more jelly type.
A find a little Loctite goes a long way and I have to be careful not to squeeze too much out of the nozzle. The nozzle is very handy, at about 3cm long, getting narrower, like a cone towards the opening which means you can really get the nozzle into the part you need glueing.
I find that Loctite will stick pretty much anything together, including my fingers! It's good for plastic, rubber, wood etc. so I use it to sticks bits of the kid's toys back together, to stick the soles back onto the leather of shoes when they start to part, knobs back on cupboards that my kids have pulled off and the other day I stuck a glass jewel back onto my metal hair clip that fell out. After applying the glue I always hold the two broken parts together for a minute or so until the glue has really fixed tight.
I do have to be careful not to glue my fingers either to each other or to the item I am glueing, which both seem to be a frequent problem I gt when using super glue. I have always been able to tease my ringers apart by washing in warm soapy water, however I am then left with a hard "skin" on my fingers which can sometimes take a couple of days to fully come off.
There are guidelines and warning on the packaging it comes on, and on the tube too, only he they are in really small writing. As well as being careful about sticking yourself together you need to be careful about sniffing the vapours, which smell rather disgusting anyway!
My current Loctite is 7.5g, which comes in a bottle about 3cm high and 2cm wide, plus the nozzle on top. This tends to last me about 6 months or so, I rarely have to buy a new super glue when I go shopping. I think a bottle of Loctite costs around £3-£3.50.
I haven't found anything that Loctite won't stick together, it seems to be really versatile and stick almost any material together. I guess therefore I have to give it a 5!
We use quite a bit of superglue in our house, from mending toys to sticking back knobs on the cooker that my little boy has pulled off!! This Loctite superglue is described as, "a high performance adhesive which is used to instantly stick together various materials such as china, wood, metal, rubber, leather, card and most plastics." I like the fact that it sticks most surfaces or material types together and the only thing it did not hold was on my car. I had a bit of plastic that broke off from the windscreen visor and I tried to glue it back so the visor would stay in place but it did not hold so that was a bit disappointing but apart from that it holds everything else.
I find this superglue works extremely well. All you need to do is add a tiny drop of the liquid to one side of your item, then put together the other side, hold it for a couple of seconds and then it has stuck, tight. You get such a tight hold and it never falls apart over time which is great.
The superglue comes in a plastic bottle with a long nozzle at the top of it. The nozzle is really handy because you can really target where you are putting the superglue and you don't get a bit glob coming out at once which is nice. This is nice because if you get too much it can get messy and also it leaves a bit of a white trace if you get it all over the thing you are trying to glue. Its much better to get a little drop and then its not noticeable.
There is a long black cap that goes over the nozzle that you put on when you have finished using this glue. I never have a problem with the glue drying out and its always fresh and ready to go when I need to use it again.
I find the bottle is much easier to use than the little metal tubes you can get. With the metal tubes I always end up sticking my fingers to it but with the bottle you get to hold onto something a bit more substantial and I never get any of the liquid on my fingers.
A 5g bottle costs in the £2-£3 region so its not very expensive at all and when you only use a drop or two now and again I find a little bottle lasts quite a long time.
I have recently bought a tube of this super glue in order to fix my windscreen wipers. I was due to have my MOT and noticed that my wipers were not cleaning the glass as well as they should. When I looked some of the rubber had come loose which made the glass smeared rather than cleaned. Instead of shelling out the £10 for some new wipers, I decided to try and glue the rubber back on. Guess what, it worked. My wiper blades now work perfectly and have done so for the past 3 months. This was money well spent.
==Price and availability==
The super glue was bought from Morrison's and I paid around £2.50. This was more than I wanted to pay and had there been a cheaper option I would have gone for it.
==Description and directions==
The super glue comes a triangle shaped plastic vessel with a long snout which makes it easy to apply to a precise point. I needed something like this for my intricate job of gluing rubber to rubber. The precision tip is kept under a lid that fits on tightly so that air does not get to the glue and dry it out.
This is sticky glue and will stick your fingers together if you do not use it with care. I found the glue so easy to apply as the nozzle is long so that your hand is not in the way as you try to glue the piece together. The glue needs a bit of squeezing before it comes out of the end hole and it is good that it does not gush out. I prefer to be able to add small amounts.
I glued my wiper blade and left it up to dry and within 10 minutes it was touch dry and ready to be tried out. I was unsure how this would hold up, bear in mind that the wiper blades are exposed to all elements and get wet regularly. The rubber has remained intact and I am so pleased that it has worked. I only used a really small amount, now I have bottle left for all those other gluing emergencies such as broken ornaments and smashed vases. I am confident this glue will glue most things back together and I have to give it 5 stars as I was super impressed with it.
About 6 months ago I bought some Loctite Super Glue Precision because there were a few things around the house that I needed to fix - and having enquired in my local hardware shop I was told that this would probably be suitable for the tasks at hand. The Loctite Super Glue Precision cost me just £3.15 from my local hardware shop which I felt was about the price I expected to pay - although I wasn't prepared for just how little glue there in the bottle for that price - just 5g which really isn't a lot!
The three tasks I had in mind for the glue was mending a chipped vase, mending some tiles around my fireplace - and mending a strap on my leather purse. In terms of stickiness, the glue actually worked absolutely brilliantly at sticking things together. It worked perfectly on the ceramic tiles, the leather purse and the china vase - and I really was very impressed. The glue literally dried in seconds also and so it didn't involve me needing to stand there and hold the two glued bits together for very long at all. I guess the negative side of this is that if you do not line up points perfectly then they will be stuck firmly without a whole lot of chance to correct it. The glue is clear and because I literally needed to apply the tiniest smear of glue, there were no bits oozing out of the sides of the materials pressed together which could make it look messy and unpleasant.
The reason the glue is is called "precision" is because of the fact that the narrow nozzle allows for precision application - and this is a very good thing, especially with superglue because you really don't want it to be smearing too much of it around where you could end up sticking bits of your self to the materials! There is also a little pin type protrusion in the cap which means that the nozzle does not clog up between uses.
Overall, I do think this is a really good product, but I think there could be a little more glue in the bottle for the price.
Being an engineering student I tend to try and fix most things that I own when they break and due to this and my various hobbies I get through quite a lot of glue. After using everything from Pritt stick to superglue to high shear strength permabond epoxy types of glue I can safely say that this Loctite superglue stands up very well to the competition.
For most uses superglue will be strong enough for everyday household tasks but still this doesn't mean that any brand of superglue will stand up to the task as lesser brands will fail to stick what you want but you'll still end up in a mess and stuck to things if you're not careful. It is safe to say then that superglue shouldn't be used light-heartedly as it sticks skin and clean organic material the best (as that is what it was originally designed for), and also is easily soaked up by many other items and certainly will not wash out!
This Loctite superglue is very good though and rightly so seeing as the brand has so much pedigree in making many different types of glues for many occasions. For everyday household tasks it will certainly do so on to a more in depth and focussed review:
Nowadays there are many different types of superglue that give you the option of applying it through various nozzles, with brushes, pens... and the list goes on and on. This product lets you apply the glue through a straight forward self-piercing cap which personally I prefer as when the glue inevitably glues the cap/nozzle shut at the end you can cut it back a bit and still use the product that you have just bought. Although I must admit that on this Loctite glue the cap releases with a simple half turn which makes life much simpler and easier. As with all these kinds of things there is lots of unnecessary moulded plastic and cardboard that had instructions on it. Sure be safe but spare the environment just a little before your glue goes into it and causes havoc.
---PERFORMANCE/EASE OF USE---
Like all superglues the glue looks like it won't do much but then it starts to set and well it doesn't let go of what it's attached to without a fight. It does take some time to set/dry however but you can speed this up with a catalyst. Sometimes this will leave you with a white crusty coating though so beware if this bothers you!
With superglue it is important that you remember that a little goes a long way, and you certainly don't want this seeping out the edges and running everywhere, it's hard to clean off without leaving a mark.
As I have mentioned super glue works really well if the surfaces you're joining are clean and dry, otherwise give up. This superglue is very easy to squeeze out of the tube though I find that the last bit in the tube is always wasted and this is no different with this Loctite superglue.
Over the years I have used superglue to glue many foams (just make sure it doesn't melt them), ceramics, skin (cuts on myself, the hospital even does this so don't be afraid), metals and plastics and quite a few other various things. It even glues some woods to a degree. If you are unsure of whether it will work I suggest trying it on a small inconspicuous spot first.
Superglue is great and everyone should have some in the cupboard. This Loctite superglue stands up very well to competing products and for the money it works very well. Will provide ample strength for most general applications, and is easy to apply in this nozzle. Well worth the money, and more!
---IN CASE OF EMERGENCIES---
If you do end up in a bit of a muddle however do not panic and try to peel the stuck surfaces away from each other slowly, with some rotation, rather than just pull them apart. And if all else fails your local A&E department will have seen the predicament a thousand times over.
Man alive, but you would not believe the amount of things I've stuck myself to with superglue over the years. Honestly, I feel like I should be awarded some kind of prize for services to eejityness. A (by no means comprehensive) list includes:
- Exercise books (many)
- The bath (one hand, and then I stuck the other trying to free the first hand)
- My mother (she looked at the tube clearly labelled 'Superglue', asked if it was superglue, put some on her finger and then tapped me on the forehead with the gluey finger)
- A glove puppet (I put my hand inside the just glued puppet to demonstrate what you shouldn't do for the benefit of a curious six year old, and then realised the damn thing was stuck).
- My own forehead
- Ornaments too numerous to count
- Various pieces of furniture
- My top teeth to my bottom teeth (see below)
- A pair of knickers (I could explain...but I won't)
Superglue, you may therefore surmise, is sticky stuff. In fact, one might go so far as to say that it's glue that is super. Can you see how they came up with the name?
Incidentally, my years of gluey misadventure have taught me that the best way to separate you from whatever you've stuck yourself to is to prise the surfaces apart with the back of a teaspoon and copious amounts of very hot water. You will be left with hardened glue on your skin which can be removed with a lot of soap, water and brute determination.
Anyway, where were we? Superglue. The stuff that broken ornaments are made of. Also, most of my mad aunt's house is held together with either blu-tak or Superglue and she firmly believes that there's nothing in the world that can't be fixed by one or the other. She's probably right, although I suspect that a compound fracture of the tibia may test Loctite to their limits.
Superglue used to be available in just one format, but the endless march of time has brought many new adhesive advancements. You can get 3 x 10ml tubes, you can get a gel, a pen, glass glue...the possibilities are infinite (and when I say 'infinite', I mean 'you get a choice of 14, although your local Tesco will probably only stock about 3 of those').
If you opt for the bog-standard version, you will get a weeny little tube that comes with a self-piercing cap. I bought mine last week and I seem to remember it costing around three quid, which is a lot for 30ml but it does go a long way. In the past it seemed that the cap almost always became superglued to the nozzle, meaning that to free it you needed a) a lot of patience and boiling water or b) a healthy set of gnashers and no sense (which explains how I glued my teeth together). Loctite must have been aware of this problem as the cap on the one I bought affixes with just one half turn, meaning it's much easier to loosen it.
As ever with these kind of things, there's a lot of extraneous packaging in the form of moulded plastic and cardboard backing. Why a simple, environment-pleasing cardboard box wouldn't suffice is beyond me.
Superglue doesn't actually look very gluey, because it's clear and watery. There is a bit of a smell but it actually isn't too bad and not terribly noticeable unless you have your schnozz very close to whatever you're glueing.
A little goes a VERY long way with this stuff and it will bond most surfaces instantly, so it's wise to plan ahead where you're going to put the glue and how you will hold it so that none gets on your fingers. Once the superglue has set it is extremely difficult - if not impossible - to separate the surfaces so you really do need to think about what you're doing.
I bought mine because I was planning on doing some fun end of term arts and crafts activities with the little 'uns I teach and I wanted something that would stick their projects quickly and reliably. There's nothing worse than a work of art that falls apart before the child can show it proudly to their mum. We were making foam and plastic hairbands, foam keyrings, foam doorhangers, foam and plastic friendship bracelets and felt glove puppets (and yes, I am pretty much the greatest and most generous teacher EVER. Modest, too). Because I don't want to get sued, I sat all the kiddiwinkles down beforehand and explained how strong the glue was and that I would do all the actual sticking but that they could position the objects once I had applied the glue. This worked really well, even with 5 year olds, but I would recommend that very close supervision is necessary if you are using this product with children (and always work in a well-ventilated area). The precision nozzle meant that it was very easy to apply small amounts of glue only where I needed it. The superglue worked fantastically well on all of the foam based projects: it bonded within seconds and was completely dry within 5 minutes. The only thing it didn't work at all with was the felt for the glove puppets: the material was too absorbent and the glue couldn't form a surface layer to make an adhesion with. I ended up using PVA instead. All of the bits and pieces the kids made were stuck fast within a matter of minutes which meant they could take it home at the end of the lesson. Even better, none of them reappeared later on asking me to re-stick things that had fallen off.
In the past I've used Superglue to mend ceramics and glass with great success. These do take a bit longer to bond than plastic and you will need to hold the edges firmly together until the glue has set. It works on wood up to a point, but given its porous nature you're really better off with a wood glue. Paper and card stick almost instantly, but I regard Superglue as a bit expensive for this when Pritt Stick will do the same job a lot cheaper. Lastly, Superglue is also fantastic for repairing jewellery; it bonds metal (as long as it's not huge chunks of steel. Mind you, what woman wears huge chunks of steel in a decorative way? Just Pat Butcher, I 'spose) and most stones effectively. Do not use it on your finest antique gold, though, unless you really do have no sense in your head.
Finally, should you ever be unfortunate enough to lop part of your finger off in Donegal, they really will use Superglue to bind the wound. I speak from experience.
Not only am I a keen crafter, in need of glueing and sticking, but I also need to fix things around the house, random things, and for a lot of purposes, only super glue will do!
I found loctite superglue for only £2 in my local tesco the other day. I was in need of doing some sticking, and it seemed a good price, so I snapped it up with the added advantage of club card points!
The glue is very small, there are only a couple of mls in the tube, but it is so strong you only need a tiny bit to go ever such a long way. The tube backs onto a piece of cardboard with a plastic bubble over it which keeps it safe until you use it. The packaging is 100% recyclable which is a huge bonus in my eyes. It is easy to get out of the packaging. Once it is out you do not need to put it back in, but I would reocmmend putting it in a little sealed sandwich bag just incase it leaks everywhere. Highly unlikely, but you do never know!
The superglue comes in two parts which makes it sealed until you use it. Once you screw the top into the bottom it breaks the seal and makes the glue open to the atmosphere. The lid is a screw on and off, and you only need to squeeze it the tiniest bit to get the glue out. ou have to be careful and allow yourself time to do this as it can be quite dangerous if you rush.
One little dab of glue is very sticky and non reversible, so make sure you only put it exactly where you need to use it and nowhere else, as once you have put it down there is no changing your mind! The glue is incredibly sticky, keep it well away from yoru skin. It only takes a second to almost stick two of yoru fingers together and have to rip them apart and then the glue stays on your fingers for a good couple of days, learn from my mistakes!
Once you have mastered using the glue, it is so incredibly useful. There are somethings with crafting that prit stick is not enough for. Sometimes you just need something with that extra strength to go the bit further to create a lasting effect.
In the house I have fixed many things with superglue, fridge doors, shoes, purses, etc there is no limit. Nothing else is as strong or as effective. Wirth keeping in every household, but well out of the way of children and in a very safe place. I can only imagine a leak to be very dangerous!
Oh, what's a girl to do when her husband comes home a little tipsy, falls into the toilet and rips the seat clean off? (I really, really wish that was a joke. Two words: Stag Night. Of course you have to try and keep up with the groom. Well, 10 out of 10 for trying honey... ) I suppose the first thing to do is assess the damage - husband will live (I'm feeling generous) but toilet seat has not fared so well. The two locking poles that attach the seat to lid now look more like one and a half poles.
The only thing I can think of to fix it is the tube of Locktite in the kitchen drawer. It was purchased from a pound shop, but it was slightly more expensive, about £2.00. Of course, the RRP is higher, I believe it to be £3.49, but I can't abide cheap superglues; they never seem to stick properly for me. Locktite is suitable for plastics and that's all I needed to know at that point - the thought of going a night without a working toilet seat, it's enough to send shudders down your spine.
I'm afraid the glue was purchased a while ago, so I no longer have the paper packaging but on the image for this review, you can see it's basically blue paper with the red, white and blue 'Locktite Super Glue' logo on the top and I'm pretty sure that's what it looked like when I picked it up 6 months ago. Locktite's a well known brand and I don't think you would miss this packaging in the shop. The usual precautions and provisos apply with all superglue: Don't get it on your skin, don't inhale it, don't ingest it, don't let children anywhere near it obviously. Also now, you will find that most stores will not sell superglue to under-16s (a good thing I think) so you can't send your kiddies off to the shop for a pack if you run out, you'll have to buy it yourself.
It looks like any other tube of superglue. It's a white plastic bottle with the blue and red Locktite logo on the front and a black screw top. Each bottle contains 5g of superglue. The only real difference to other brands is a slightly longer nozzle - I think that's why it's classed as precision. I have to say that when I've used other superglue in the past, I've always ended up with loads coming out and gluing everything around me. Locktite seems to fare better here; the speed at which the glue comes out is a little slower affording more control (probably due to the longer nozzle and therefore, smaller hole). Another good point is that the six months or so it's been left after opening in my kitchen drawer don't seem to have hampered the quality of the glue: I'm impressed.
I find the odour of all superglues to be offensive though and this one is no exception. I don't like breathing the stuff in. It does dry very quickly though and within a minute or two my poor toilet seat was ready to be put back where it belonged. Looking up Locktite on the internet, it seems it will glue more than toilet seats(!) with wood, ceramics, metals and other plastics are being cited as examples. I'm only talking about plastics here, but I'm extremely satisfied with the strength of the bond it's formed. Nearly a week later, it's still in place quite comfortably. In the past I have used this glue to stick the handle back on my favourite tea mug too and that's still going strong several months later. So I'm quite confident in saying the repairs you make with this glue will last. I think it's well worth paying the extra for this brand.
I have decided however that we will have to buy a new toilet seat soon, but that is no remark on the quality of the glue, which I have found to be superb. If you treat it with the care all superglue requires and stick your broken stuff together as fast as possible after applying the glue, it works perfectly. Hanging his head in shame, Mr. Mc seems to understand that our next shopping trip will result in either the purchase of a new toilet seat or a fancy headstone for his final resting place. I look forward to reviewing a new toilet seat soon then - I'm not sure what I could say about a slab of black marble.
Loctite superglue is such a useful adhesive. The Loctite superglue costs around £2.80 for a 5g bottle but it worth paying the extra for the brand name. In the past I have popped to Wilkinson's and bought some of their own brand of superglue only to be disappointed when the repair fell apart after hours. Loctite superglue or any adhesive has to be handled with care. The glue must be used correctly and the small bottle must always be stored well out of the reach of children. The tiny bottle of loctite superglue has a long nozzle with a small hole at the end that allows the glue to be released one drop at a time.
In my case I bought the bottle of Loctite superglue hoping to repair my vacuum cleaner. I had bumped the cleaner and a corner of the plastic casing had broken away. Maybe I was on the road to nowhere but it was worth trying to glue the piece of broken plastic back into place. I have used superglue before and I have accidentally spilt a drop onto my skin. The Loctite liquid bonds in seconds and as it hits the skin it dries and forms a white skin that is hard to remove. Trying not to panic whilst running your glued up fingers under the warm water is a difficult job! Hence I now wear a pair of latex gloves when I use superglue.
The tiny bottle of Loctite superglue is sealed into a plastic compartment that is backed with a sheet of card. The plastic bottle has a very small base but a long pointed nozzle that helps you to direct the adhesive with precision. Before you apply the superglue make sure that the surfaces that you need to stick together are clean. Lay some old newspaper on the surface that you intend to work on. Remove the nozzle from the bottle and allow the superglue to flow to the top of the long nozzle. The glue flows slowly so you have time to aim it correctly. Apply a good layer of glue to one side, place the broken piece on the top and hold the two together until the superglue has bonded. The bonding process only takes seconds.
Usually that is job done. In my case the repair to the vacuum cleaner casing was easy and straightforward and it has not come apart again. Loctite superglue can be used to stick china, rubber, card. Wood and metal. Provided you treat it with the respect it deserves then it is a very capable glue.
If you do have reservations about using Loctite superglue then you can also purchase a small bottle of Loctite glue remover gel. The remover gel allows you to remove glue from skin, you can also remove any accidental spillage or undo any item that you may have glued together incorrectly.
When I was younger I super glued myself to a bead curtain. In an attempt to free me my mum then super glued herself to me! After much fairy liquid and soapy water we separated but I swore never to use the stuff again. So when my cat Layla jumped up and broke my favourite plant pot clean in half my fiancé said he would go and get some super glue to fix it felt a little worried.
He went to Homebase and got some Loctite Precision Superglue. The recommended retail price is £3.45 for a 5g bottle, but it was on offer when he bought it. This seems like a lot for a tiny bottle but you only need to use a small amount at a time. It comes on a card with Loctite Super Glue Precision written across it. The instructions and uses are printed on the back of the card.
The bottle is small and reminds me of a nail varnish bottle. It has a long pointed black ridged lid which makes it easy to twist off. The actual bottle is clear so you can see the liquid inside which is quite runny for glue.
The label on the front is blue with Loctite Super Glue Precision written in red and blue. On the back it warns that it bonds skin in second and is an irritant.
The glue doesn't have a strong smell just a faint whiff of what smells like "school glue".
Using the glue is pretty straight forward. When you take the lid of there is a long pointed neck to the bottle which lets the glue out in small controlled drips. The pointed neck does make applying the glue very neat.
When Mark stuck my planter he simply applied the glue carefully to each piece and held them together for a few seconds and that was it!! Pot mended.
Super Glue can be used to bond many things :-
There's no doubt it is a very versatile little bottle of liquid but it can be dangerous. My friend dropped some super glue on her jeans once and it burned straight through and actually gave her a nasty burn on her leg. She had to go to casualty and was having treatment for several weeks. I also knew a lad who went to the loo after using super glue (its true) I wont go into details about his treatment. But Super Glue can be dangerous and should be handled with caution.
If you do stick your fingers together Loctite recommend that you should gently prise them apart after using lots of warm soapy water. This should hopefully minimise any damage.
I'm not a practical man, I know this from experience.
On one memorable occasion, I announced that I was going to change a light bulb in the kitchen.
When my wife found me half an hour later, lying on the kitchen floor next to an upturned chair, covered in broken glass from the light bulb and suffering from a mild electric shock, my wife also became aware of the fact... I'm not a practical man.
However, I am not lacking in enthusiasm and recently when I managed to sit on my favourite pair of Sony headphones, I decided that I was going to mend them.
So I shouted to the wife that I was off to B&Q to purchase some "Super Glue"
"Nooooooooo!" she cried, "don't do it".
I don't have a good record where superglue is concerned.
* Glued my fingers to a vase that I was attempting to "fix"
* Sat on the tube and glued myself to the chair
* Glued my mobile phone to my ear, when I decided to take a call while I was attempting to fix my sons toy motorbike.
So, she had plenty of reason to be concerned and she even offered to pay for replacement headphones.
No, no, no. I was determined to succeed.
So off I toddled to D.I.Y central, where I made what I can only melodramatically describe as a life changing discovery.
Loctite Superglue Precision
Precision being the key word here people!
"For Accurate Bonding" it boasts on the packaging and with it's extra long nozzle, specifically designed for accuracy, I felt confident that this project would prove to be a success.
I have to say that the length of the nozzle does make this glue dispenser look suspiciously like a nasal spray.
Now there is a mistake that I don't want to make!
Loctite claim that this glue is suitable for bonding china, metal, rubber, leather, wood , paper and plastic.
I have found no reason to dispute any of these claims although for my specific project, I used it on plastic.
As advised in the instructions, I found a suitable work surface and set to work.
The area on my headphones that required bonding was quite small and would have been very tricky to bond with the standard applicator but with the extra long nozzle and the fact that you can dispense just a drop of glue allowed the task to be managed with relative ease.
I then held the broken pieces together firmly for two minutes and they were reunited again.
No fuss, no mess and most importantly, no disasters!
Again, I followed the easy to understand guide on the packaging and removed any excess glue from the nozzle before replacing the cap. The cap actually has a pin moulded into it to ensure the nozzle doesn't clog. Genius!
Obvious really, but do ensure that this glue is stored somewhere safe and secure as it is an irritant that will effect the eyes, skin and respiratory system. There are instructions on the packaging in regard to dealing with accidental skin bonding. Not that anyone would be silly enough to do such a thing.........
I was really happy with my purchase and felt that £2.79 for a 5g bottle was a fair price to pay. There didn't appear to be a premium for the bottle with the long nozzle, maybe a few pence difference but given the effectiveness of the design, I certainly wouldn't gripe about it. I also have plenty left in the bottle for any future projects/disasters.
Thanks for reading.