Super Glue vs Miracle
Here is some information
on the comparison of Super Glue with Miracle Glue.
For the last half century or so the
conventional wisdom for gluing something together when you really
needed it glued <i>now</i> was to go out and buy a small tube of
Super glue or Krazy glue have been used for
repairing a thousand different things - From broken toys, to
fingernails, to skin.
But it has had its problems. I’ve heard just
about every complaint out there about superglue or krazy glue.
Often, it just doesn’t work or, the biggest complaint seems to be
that when you are ready to use it there is nothing to use – it has
dried up. My unsubstantiated theory is that is why the containers
have gotten smaller over the years. One never gets more than one
use out of a tube of super glue because the cap glues shut and you
can’t get at the rest of it. So, the manufacturers have now made
the tubes a one shot deal.
Approximately ten years ago another product
hit the market on this side of the Atlantic - an industrial version
of this type of glue that has been marketed mainly through trade
shows and events. The main ones available are Miracle Glue, The
Last Glue, Pasco Fix and Lighting Bond. You can invariably find
these glues being demonstrated at Home Shows and Boat Shows around
the country. Most can now be found more easily on the internet.
Technically, the difference is this: The base
of all of these adhesives is something called cyanoacrylate. If you
move in the hobby circles, it is commonly referred to as CA. The
latter, newer glues are far superior. The main difference is in the
distillation process – the number of times the product is
distilled. Super Glue and Krazy Glue can be considered your raw
form. They are your “crude oil”. The newer products: Miracle Glue,
The Last Glue and the others are the “refined oil”. They are
distilled several times. The solvents are distilled out. Solvents
make super glue dry out too quickly and get brittle and discolor
In application here are some of the
differences. The newer glues come in larger bottles which generally
last much longer – usually about 3 years if kept refrigerated. You can get literally hundreds of uses if you take care of
a bottle. Because there are no solvents, they will not dry out
quickly when exposed to the air. If you forget to put the lid back
on for even a couple of hours it isn’t a problem – as long as you
don’t knock it over. They bond extremely quickly depending on the
material being adhered. And for the most part once glued the item
will stay glued. The better ones dry both clear and flexible. For
all the fishermen out there – you can mend your waders with these
types of glue as well. Because there are no solvents, you won’t
melt the neoprene. Super glue or krazy glue will eat a nasty hole
right through your waders or wetsuit.
So, the next time your are visiting a Home
Show, Boat Show and sometimes the state fair, have a look for the
person demonstrating the “miracle glue”. Quite a show! You will be
impressed, I’m sure.
purchase Miracle Glue here.