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At home when we break something we know is expensive or we are just too lazy and stubborn to go out and buy the same item again we tend to use super glue to fix it.
I have struggled to find decent super glue at a good price. In my local Tesco store over the weekend I found this Loctite super glue which is apparently a gel formula and it was meant to be priced at £3.00 however due to package damage it was down to just £1.25
I purchased the product in the hope it could fix 3 items in my home. The first was clip for a light I use in my vivarium. I had to change a light bulb and I broke the clip which is annoying to replace so I found the plastic and it was difficult to use this glue.
I poured a small amount of this clear gel onto the plastic and also onto the clip as well. After about 2 minutes holding it in position the item came apart again. It took me around five attempts before the glue managed to hold this plastic clip together.
My second attempt was to try and put together a figurine a porcelain cat I had in my home for years and the ear had come off and needed to be stuck on again. This was perfect I poured a small amount of the glue onto the ear and within 30 seconds it was stuck back to the figurine.
So the glue does work but not in my view on everything. The price for this product is quite substantial for me and you get for your money a small container which you squeeze the gel from and an anti-clog cap which sounds pretty good overall.
Some stats about this glue indicate it is shock and water resistant. I am someone who is rather childish and decided to play around with these stats. I put the figurine into some hot and cat water to clean it around. The glue never came undone.
When it came to the shock resistance all I did was grab the ear I had re-attached and begin to move it around slightly and it was firmly stuck into place. However with the plastic clip for my light the water resistant test failed. The clip came apart and was tilted and it showed this glue is poor on plastic.
The glue is solvent free which is true I could not smell any sort of strong odour from this product at all throughout my time using it. I would also point out that if you get this stuck to your fingers in any way you do not get that burning sensation you can get with other glues which are meant to do a similar job.
This item is meant to be good for vertical items and porous materials but in terms of plastic it fails. For the price tag which is around £3.00 or more I guess depending on where you go to buy this I would perhaps consider cheaper alternatives.
The water and shock tests proved this product can work but not on all surfaces. I will use this again due to having plenty left over but there is problems which show it is not the best glue around.
My flip flops are the comfiest shoes I have ever had so when the sole started to come off I had no choice other than to fix them!
I popped to Asda and found this glue on offer at £2.00, the other version was more than 50p more so I bought this one. Not for the first time but I will get to that in a minute.
This comes well packaged so that if it was to leak on your way home it wont get all over your shopping or anything else. It has a seal you have to break by putting on the lid.
It comes in a very small 3g tube but as you only need a small amount at a time I always find that the lid is (not surprisingly) glued on before I finish it all.
It is suitable (according to the packaging) for use with china, porcelain, most plastics, paper, card, metal, rubber, wood, leather, and may other different materials.
I have found that doing my shoe was very easy but I have in the past had problems with this product. The gel formulation does not dry as quickly as standard super glue so it needs to be held together for a lot longer. I am not sure this is as good as the standard for it's hold. If you have a job that will be needing a really strong glue then I wouldn't recommend this.
There is one brilliant thing about the gel, oh, maybe I have thought of another so make that two good things. One is that where it is a gel rather than a fluid it doesn't drip, means less accidents! The main one for me though is that where it doesn't dry as quickly getting my fingers stuck is far less likely! Yes we have all done it at some point but me more than most!
This is good for little jobs but is nothing like as strong as the fluid glues.