Glue is very convenient when it comes to sticking different materials together. It sticks materials such as glass, wood, plastic, cloth, etc. However, there are some cases where the glue doesn’t stick properly. The effectiveness depends on the type of glue and how well you follow the instructions. Once most types of glue are used to bond two surfaces together, they don’t come off easily. But what about getting the glue to dry more quickly? Here are tips to show you how to make glue dry faster for a long-lasting effect.
Tips for making glue dry faster
Chances are that the glue is taking longer than expected to dry because you’re doing it all wrong. The secret is in heat and air circulation techniques that can be applied in very simple ways:
Tip #1: Check the expiry and seal
First of all, it’s very important to make sure that the glue you’re using isn’t about to expire or hasn’t already expired. This greatly affects the overall performance of the glue and also extends its expected drying time. Using new and fresh glue guarantees that it will dry up as fast as it is supposed to.
Also, the glue should not be tampered with in any way. For example, watering down the glue only causes it to saturate the materials being glued together. Dilution ruins the stickiness of the glue so it doesn’t form bonds and dry as it’s supposed to.
Tip #2: Glue is sensitive to heat/temperature
Applying a little amount of warm air to the surfaces being glued together using a hairdryer causes the glue to dry up faster. When you raise the temperature, the glue particles move faster and are forced to
quickly find a place where they bond. This explains why glue hardens when left unused and stored in places with high temperatures.
Tip #3: Glue needs airflow to dry
Proper airflow helps the glue to dry up faster. If you’re not in a well-ventilated area, you can use a fan to push oxygen onto the surfaces that are being glued together. Alternatively, you can use an air drier; it will also cause the glue to dry up faster than it normally does.
Ensure that you keep the area well ventilated especially if you’re applying multiple layers on the surface or using the glue for a long time to avoid feeling sick after inhaling the fumes from the glue.
The glue dries inwards from the areas that are exposed to air and then proceeds to the center.
Tip #4: Apply thin layers
If you really want your glue to dry quickly then you should avoid applying thick layers. This doesn’t make the bond any stronger – it only makes the glue to take much longer to dry.
Tip #5: Clamping helps
To help the glue dry well and the surfaces being glued together are in the right place, you should clamp everything together. If the two pieces move before the glue has dried completely, it can result in an offset glue position. Clamping makes more sense as a way of maintaining the stability; holding the pieces in the same spot for long will eventually get uncomfortable.
Clamps come in handy when you’re gluing together elements that need more pressure so that they can stick together. The clamping also causes the excess air from in between the two surfaces so that they can be bonded more readily.
Tip #6: Make a glue mixture
Another very effective trick to speed up the bonding potential of the glue is to use the glue to make a mixture by mixing it with either baking soda, sawdust, or a resin. Making a glue mixture makes it dry faster and form stronger bonds that are very durable.
Be very careful with these mixtures as they bind and harden almost immediately. This means that you have to carry out the application very quickly.
Steps to follow when using glue
Glue is a go-to-bonding material for a lot of people making it a sustainable household need. This is especially so for those who are into craft-making. Thanks to glue, many broken elements can get fixed. There are so many industries that make use of glue such as medicine and construction.
If it’s your first time using glue, follow these simple steps:
Step #1: Prepare all the items you need
Ensure that all the items you’re going to need are within easy reach so that you don’t have to keep moving about as you look for them. If you leave the glue exposed it’ll dry up before you find the other element that you wanted to glue.
All your focus and concentration should be towards the project that you’re working on.
Step #2: Clean the surfaces of the elements before sticking them together
Before applying glue on any surface, clean it first. The glue will not work as well if there’s any dirt on the surface.
Some of the things that might affect the effectiveness of the glue include rust and grease. For rust, use a sandpaper to get rid of it. For grease, use a damp cloth and soap to remove it.
Step #3: Carefully apply the glue and allow it to dry
Apply the right amount of glue depending on what’s being glued together. While very little glue will not be enough, applying a lot of it may cause the glue not to stick at all.
As you wait for the glue to dry, try out apply the different techniques that speed up the drying process.
Not all types of glue take a short time to dry and that totally fine. The most important thing is that the bond formed is strong and long-lasting. When a particular type of glue takes longer than normal to dry, take this as an opportunity to correct any mistakes that might occur. If the glue had already dried up and you realize that the bonding went bad, you can use acetone to clean up the surfaces and make a second attempt.
Always makes sure that you read all the instructions on the glue bottles to avoid harming yourself or anyone working with you.