Is Gorilla Glue really for the Toughest Jobs on Planet Earth? [+]
Gorilla Glue is an all-purpose adhesive. If used correctly, it will bond just about anything and for just about forever. It is free of solvents and fillers, which makes it so strong and versatile. There are some surfaces and materials that are difficult to glue, such as certain plastics. Aside from a few of these materials, we are certain Gorilla Glue offers an extraordinary, waterproof bond on just about anything.
Do I need to prepare the surface first? [+]
Make sure surfaces are clean and tight fitting. For smooth, shiny surfaces, such as metal and plastic, adhesion can be increased by sanding or abrading the surface. This gives Gorilla Glue more surface area to grip.
Why do I need to add moisture before gluing with Gorilla Glue? [+]
Gorilla Glue reacts with moisture to cure – this is what causes the chemical reaction in polyurethane adhesives. Therefore, you need to apply a small amount of moisture to one surface. Then apply glue to the dry surface and clamp. For dense hardwoods, lightly dampen both surfaces prior to gluing.
How much Gorilla Glue should I apply? [+]
Apply a thin layer of glue. A little bit goes along way, so apply half as much as you think you are going to need. As a general guide, use one ounce per square foot. Be careful of uncured ‘squeeze out’ or wet glue, particularly on finished furniture. If you need to remove any squeeze out, we recommend wiping with a dry cloth or using a standard paint thinner. Make sure you use the solvent with care in a well-ventilated area. Always wear gloves. Once the glue is dry, it is best removed mechanically: try sanding, chiseling, scraping or picking at it. The glue will not damage tools.
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What if I don’t have clamps? [+]
Gorilla Glue expands as it cures. To ensure the strongest bond, clamping pressure is needed. There are many different ways to clamp your pieces, but keep in mind the stronger the pressure the better the bond will be. Professional clamps are ideal, but if those aren’t handy, heavy weight from bricks, books, even tape on some smaller repairs will work. The key is to ensure a tight fitting glue line by applying even distribution of pressure.
What is the proper clamp time? [+]
When using Gorilla Glue, clamp objects for 1-2 hours. When working with the Gorilla Glue fast curing formula, clamp for 30-60 minutes. And for best results, leave overnight.
How do I clean up Gorilla Glue? [+]
Wipe off excess glue immediately with a dry cloth or standard paint thinner. Do not drag glue over material, instead make small swipes to remove wet adhesive. Make sure you avoid skin contact. Cured glue can be removed with a chisel, scraper or sandpaper.
My bottle of glue has formed a dry layer on top, can I still use it? [+]
Any glue that is still in liquid form is perfectly usable and reliable. If the dry layer is very thin, use a pointed tool to poke through it and carefully pull the dry layer through the cap. Squeeze out the excess air from the bottle when you have finished using the glue and store in a cool, dry place.
Do not microwave or heat your bottle of Gorilla Glue to soften the top layer.
How do I extend shelf life of Gorilla Glue? [+]
Gorilla Glue is moisture-activated. Once the adhesive comes in contact with moisture, it can start to harden. To extend the shelf life, always wipe lid and nozzle clean with a dry cloth and tightly replace the lid.
Is Gorilla Glue truly 100% waterproof? [+]
Yes. Gorilla Glue is 100% waterproof. It passes ANSI/HPVA HP-1-2000 Types 1 and 2.
Can you speed up the curing process? [+]
Gorilla Glue should be clamped for one to two hours. During this time, it reaches 80% cure. Allow 24 hours for 100% cure. Gorilla Dries White 2x Faster should be clamped for 30-60 minutes. During this time, it reaches 80% cure. Allow 24 hours for 100% cure.
What is the temperature range for using the wet glue? [+]
From 40–130ºF. For best results use at room temperature.
The glue is hard in the bottle. Can I heat it to soften? [+]
Do not microwave or heat your bottle of Gorilla Glue. The best way to soften is to place the bottle of glue in a cup of warm water