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Different Types of Glues Available on the Market

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There are different types of glues available on the market today, which make it easy to fix and fasten a wide range of items. When choosing a glue, it is important to choose the one that best suits your purpose.

Types of Glue

The two main types of glues are outlined below:

1. Water-based glues

Water-based glues usually take more time to apply, but they dry out very quickly. It is difficult to remove these glues once they have dried up. Water-based glues come in different forms, including sprays, paints, and streaming liquids.

2. Oil-based glues

Oil-based glue is easy to apply to surfaces, because it spreads out quickly. There are two types of oil-based glues: fast drying and slow drying. It is recommended to choose the one that best fits your requirements.

How to Apply Glue

When applying glue, always consider the surface on which it should be applied and use the right glue for that surface type. Be careful not to use excess glue, as it can seep out and spoil other surfaces. If you find the surface has become dirty or unsightly after applying the glue, clean it with a damp cloth.

Glue can be used to make paper boxes, such as gift boxes for packaging items and toys. Glue should be a staple in every household, as it is a quick and practical solution for fixing items if needed.

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Below is a detailed breakdown of the different types of glue:

1. Hot Glue

Hot glue is also known as a hot-melt adhesive. It has a high viscosity, which means it contains a lot of liquid. Hot glues are available in different shapes and sizes, like sticks or tubes, depending on their quality and use. Using a heat source like an electric iron or wood-burning tool, is very helpful when working with hot glue.

2. Super Glue

Super glue can be used to fix items almost instantly. It is available in different colors, such as white or clear, and can be painted on a surface or object if necessary. The only drawback of using super glue is that it forms a fragile bond, which, if you pull hard enough, will break easily.

3. Epoxy & Cyanoacrylate Glues

These types of glues need metal or plastic to bond the surfaces. They are water-resistant and are particularly effective on oily or greasy surfaces. You can use these glues for kitchen use and other household repairs.

4. PVA Glue

PVA glue offers the broadest range of applications over any other type of glue. You can use PVA on a variety of different materials, including glass, metal, wood, stone, paper, leather, and plastic. It can be used to attach two objects or materials together.

5. Spray Adhesive

Spray adhesive is also known as contact spray adhesive because it functions as a spray mist that adheres surfaces together upon contact. You can apply spray adhesive to a surface and stick another object to it.

There are various applications for glue:

1. Fixing broken toys

Toys often need fixing and glue can help you improve most toys quickly, all while keeping the texture and color the same as before.

2. Making flower vases

You can make beautiful floral arrangements in vases using glue. Simply coat the base of the vase in small stones or popcorn kernels and attach dried flowers using glue. This will ensure the flowers remain firmly in place for a long period of time.

3. Repairing broken china plates

Glue is very practical when you want to fix cracked china plates. Use the glue to fill any cracks or gaps in the plate, and later paint over it as desired. 

4. Fixing broken headlight glass

Broken headlight glass can be repaired using transparent solid glue or a glue that matches the color of the glass. It is important that the glue used does not impede the illumination of the headlight once applied.

Glue is a strong adhesive that can be extremely useful in a number of situations. It offers many functions, the most common of which being a paste for gluing cards, paper, or cloth. Glue can usually be found in any stationery shop, hardware store or supermarket.

In conclusion, you can use glue for a variety of different purposes. Depending on your requirements, there are several different glue options to choose from.