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What is Cyanoacrylate Glue?

Cyanoacrylate glue, commonly known as instant glue, CA glue, or Super glue, has emerged as a reliable and efficient solution as Modeling glue as well as for countless applications. This product with its exceptional bonding capabilities has become a staple in various industries, from crafting and woodworking to electronics and automotive repairs. Let's dive into the magic of this incredible modeling product.

CA adhesive is revered for its remarkable ability to create strong and durable bonds in a matter of seconds. This rapid curing process is attributed to the chemical reaction that occurs when the CA adhesive comes into contact with moisture. The moisture in the air, or even on the surface being bonded, triggers the CA adhesive to transform from a liquid to a solid state, effectively creating an instant bond. This characteristic makes it a go-to option for quick fixes and time-sensitive projects.

One of the most significant advantages of Cyanocrylate is its versatility. Cyanoacrylate adhesive can bond with a wide range of materials, including plastics, metals, ceramics, rubber, leather, and even certain types of wood. This versatility makes it an indispensable tool for both professionals and DIY enthusiasts alike, allowing them to tackle various projects with confidence. Whether you're repairing a broken piece of jewelry, assembling intricate models, or fixing household items, Cyanoacrylate is there to lend a helping hand.

Moreover, the strength of Cyanoacrylate Adhesive is truly remarkable. Once cured, it forms an incredibly robust bond that can withstand considerable stress. It exhibits excellent resistance to impact, heat, and chemicals, ensuring that the bonded materials remain securely joined even in demanding conditions. This strength and durability make it an ideal choice for heavy-duty applications, such as automotive repairs and industrial manufacturing processes.

Another noteworthy feature is its ability to provide precise and clean bonding. Ciano is available in different viscosities, ranging from thin to gel-like consistency, allowing users to choose the right variant for their specific needs. The thin viscosity is excellent for bonding tight-fitting surfaces, ensuring a seamless and inconspicuous bond. On the other hand, the gel-like variants are perfect for vertical applications, as they don't run or drip, providing greater control during the bonding process.

Furthermore, the CA glue offers convenience and ease of use. Its compact packaging in the form of bottles, makes it portable and readily available whenever a bonding emergency arises. Ciano can be applied with precision using applicator tips or by simply using the built-in nozzle. With minimal effort and a little patience, it delivers outstanding results, making it an essential addition to any toolkit.

In conclusion, CA glue has earned its place as a versatile, strong, and reliable adhesive in various industries. Its ability to create instant bonds, versatility in bonding different materials, strength, precision, and convenience make it an invaluable tool for professionals and DIY enthusiasts alike. With this remarkable adhesive in hand, you can confidently tackle any bonding project with ease, knowing that the magic of instant bonding is just a squeeze away.

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How to remove cyanoacrylate glue from plastic?

Cyanoacrylate glue, colloquially called superglue, is a fast and very effective adhesive for all your projects. However, when it accidentally sticks to unwanted surfaces, it can be a challenge to clean up. To put an end to this problem, in our catalog you can find Cyanoacrylate Cleaner, which is capable of removing this glue from virtually any surface. It is very powerful, so it can damage less resistant materials. That is why, before using it, it is recommended to make a small test in a place that can be damaged. 

However, a specific emergency may occur in which you do not have this product, either because you have not purchased it or because you have run out of it. In these situations, how to clean the cyanoacrylate glue? Depending on the material to which it has been adhered, we recommend using one method or another. In the case of plastic, it is one of the easiest materials to remove. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Wet a cloth with vegetable oil or skin moisturizer and rub it against the glue. Wait the appropriate time for the product to be absorbed and then wipe the plastic. 
  2. Another option is to soak the area with vinegar. Then, all that remains is to reiterate the adhesive stain with a spatula or any other object with a non-sharp edge.

It is also possible that the adhesive may adhere to other materials. The most common are metal, glass, fabric, and, of course, the skin itself. For each of these, we have the best alternative methods to CA Glue Debonder:

  • Metal surfaces:
  1. Wipe the affected surface with a damp cloth.
  2. Apply pure acetone or nail polish remover on a cotton pad and press it against the adhesive until it dissolves. Once dissolved, it will be easier to clean. In case you need a slightly stronger product to dissolve it, methylated spirit, lighter fluid or hydrogen peroxide are a good choice.
  3. In the case of resistance, try scraping off the adhesive with a spatula or razor blade. 
  4. If the metal on which the glue has spilled is painted, after cleaning the surface, apply spray lubricant and wait for it to absorb. Then scrape it off with a dull edge.
  • Glass: For glass, try substances such as vinegar, petroleum jelly, nail polish remover or oil. After soaking the area, carefully scrape off the adhesive with a non-scratch pad.
  • Fabric: this material is more difficult to clean because of its delicacy, although there are some options available. 
  1. Try to remove as much of the adhesive as possible without using any products.
  2. Prepare a container of cold water and soak the fabric overnight.
  3. Add a little liquid laundry detergent over the adhesive residue.
  4. With a soft bristle brush, gently scrub the fabric.
  5. Rinse the fabric with warm water.
  6. If the stain is excessively stuck to the fabric, try rubbing it gently with a cotton swab soaked in acetone, and finish by rinsing the fabric again in warm water. Be careful because some acetones can damage the fabric or fade it. 
  •  Skin:
  1. Soak the affected skin area in soapy water as soon as possible. 
  2. Now, wet it with acetone-based nail polish remover and let the affected area dry. 
  3. With a nail file scrape off the adhesive carefully so as not to irritate the skin too much. 

Remember, to remove cyanoacrylate stains quickly and it is recommended to use Green Stuff World's CA Glue Debonder on all the surfaces described above. Use these techniques only in case of emergency. 

Where to buy super glue?

Super Glue, also known as cyanoacrylate, can be purchased in several establishments. It is common to find it in craft and model stores, hardware stores, supermarkets, and online stores. There are different brands with a wide variety of formulations, so you should choose the one that best suits the specific needs of your projects. From Green Stuff World, we recommend you to try the cyanoacrylate glue from our catalog, a quick adhesive that you can use on a multitude of materials such as glass, fabric, metal or plastic, among others. 

We have two formats, liquid, and gel, as well as all the necessary accessories for you to get the most out of it: accelerator, dond enforcing dust and cleaner. Buy our cyanoacrylate online to get a professional result in your models, figures, and dioramas. 

Difference between CA glue with liquid and gel formulation

When it comes to adhesive options, both formulations offer distinct properties and advantages. While they both belong to the same family of adhesives, their consistency and application methods set them apart.

Cyanocrylate glue is a liquid adhesive with low viscosity. It is designed to bond materials together rapidly upon contact. This type is ideal for applications where a thin layer is needed or when bonding surfaces with tight clearances. Its fluid nature allows it to penetrate small gaps and create strong bonds quickly. It is often used in crafts, woodworking, electronics, and general household repairs.

On the other hand, Gel formulation offers a thicker and more viscous consistency. This gel-like modeling product is designed to stay in place and not run or drip, making it ideal for vertical or overhead applications. It provides added control during the bonding process, preventing the adhesive from spreading beyond the intended area. This type is commonly used with or without precision tips where precise application is required.

The Cyanocrylate gel offers several advantages over its liquid counterpart. First, the thicker consistency allows for better gap-filling properties, making it suitable for bonding uneven or rough surfaces. It can fill small voids or irregularities, ensuring a secure bond. Second, it provides more time for repositioning or adjusting the bonded materials before the adhesive fully cures. This can be particularly beneficial when working with delicate or complex assemblies.

However, it is important to note that the gel formulation may have a slightly higher curing time because the thicker consistency may take a bit longer to react with moisture and fully harden. Therefore, patience may be required, allowing adequate time for the adhesive to cure properly.

Cyanoacrylate and Modeling glue accessories

In addition to Cyanoacrylate glue, there are several modeling products that can be used in conjunction with it to enhance its performance and versatility. These products are as follows: 

  1. Bond Enforcing Dust is a fine powder that is always used as a reinforcing agent for all sorts of Cyanoacrylates. When applied to the adhesive, it helps strengthen the bond and increase its durability. The dust can be sprinkled over before it cures, allowing it to seep into any gaps or uneven surfaces, providing added reinforcement. This is particularly useful when working with porous materials or when extra strength is required for the bond.
  2. CA Glue Activator, also known as Cyanoacrylate Accelerator, is a diffuser product that is used to speed up the curing time. When applied, it accelerates the chemical reaction, allowing it to cure almost instantly. This is especially beneficial when working on time-sensitive projects or when dealing with materials that are difficult to bond due to their composition or surface characteristics. The Cyanoacrylate Accelerator ensures a quick and strong bond, reducing the need for extended clamping or holding.
  3. Ciano cleaner or Cyanoacrylate debonder, is a solvent specifically formulated to remove the excesses. CA debonder is useful when working with delicate or sensitive materials where any residue could mar the appearance or cause damage. The cleaner effectively dissolves and removes the adhesive, ensuring a clean and professional finish. It is important to note that the cleaner should only be used on compatible surfaces, as some materials may be sensitive to solvents.

When combined, these modeling products offer a comprehensive toolkit for various bonding and modeling applications. The Bond Enforcing Dust provides reinforcement for added strength, the CA Activator accelerates the curing process for faster results, and the Cyanoacrylate Cleaner ensures a clean and precise finish.

How to preserve super glue? 

Preserving superglue involves taking specific precautions to extend its shelf life and maintain its effectiveness. Here are some tips to help you preserve it:

  1. Use precision CA tips available at our site to extend the lifetime of the bottles.
  2. If you are not planning to use it for a long time prepare it for storage: remove the precision tip, clean and wipe your bottle nozzle and neck, and re-cap it.
  3. Make sure your modeling glue is stored away from your Super Glue Accelerator. The accelerator gives off fumes (aerosols) just sitting there, which can cause to harden in the bottle prematurely. We recommend a zip-lock bag for the accelerator.
  4. Store in a cool, dry place: Keep it in a temperature-controlled environment away from direct sunlight, heat, and moisture. Extreme temperatures can cause its deterioration.
  5. Seal the container tightly: Ensure that the container or bottle is tightly sealed after each use. Air exposure can accelerate its hardening inside the bottle.
  6. Keep it upright: Store the bottle always in an upright position to prevent leaks and maintain the proper viscosity of the product.
  7. Use small, airtight containers: If you need to transfer a small amount for very specific applications, use small airtight containers or dispensers. This can help prevent the rest of the product from being exposed to air and drying out.
  8. Avoid contamination: Keep the CA tip of the bottle clean and free from residue. Residue on the tip can harden and block the opening, making it difficult to dispense the adhesive accurately.
  9. Use a desiccant: Placing a desiccant packet or silica gel next to the bottles can help absorb any moisture that may get inside and extend its shelf life.
  10. Keep the cap clean: Wipe the cap and the threads of the bottle clean before sealing it to ensure a proper seal and prevent it from drying around the cap.
  11. Store in a dark place: While not as critical as avoiding extreme temperatures, keeping the product in a dark place can help protect it from UV light, which can affect its performance over time.
  12. Rotate your stock: If you have multiple containers of cyanoacrylate adhesive, use the oldest ones first to ensure that you are always working with the freshest one.
  13. Check for expiration dates: Some of them may have expiration dates. Make sure to use them before they expire for optimal performance.

Advantages of the CA glue 

One of the primary advantages is its fast-drying properties. Ciano typically dries within seconds to minutes, which makes it ideal for projects that require a quick turnaround time. The fast drying time also means that it can be used to bond small or delicate parts, as it won't run or drip before it sets.

Another advantage is its ability to bond with a wide range of materials. This makes it a versatile product that can be used for various applications, including woodworking, model making, and jewelry making. The Cyanoacrylate Adhesive is also waterproof and heat-resistant, making it suitable for use in outdoor or high-temperature environments.