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Different kinds of adhesives are accessible in the market for use on different materials. Before choosing the adhesive, be sure about the material that needs to be glued and the strength of the adhesive needed to glue it. You can see on the adhesive’s label itself the strength of the glue and the type of materials on which it can be applied. Follow the instructions on the label before using the adhesive.
Your choice of adhesive basically depends on the surface you will use it on. The surface may either be porous like wood, paper, dry wall and cloth. Or it can be smooth like glass, ceramic, plastic and metal. If you’re working with a non-porous, smooth surface, use white glue. Use hot glue or wood glue if you are working on a porous surface. Contact cement is fine to use for porous as well as non-porous surfaces.
Think about also the time an adhesive takes to dry. In general, super glue, hot glue and water-based contact cement dry very quickly. In comparison, carpenter’s glue and silicone sealant take hours to dry.
Also be sure if the adhesive you should use is heat-resistant or water-resistant. Normally, water-based contact cement, super glue and silicone sealant are all heat-resistant and water-resistant. Hot glue is water-resistant and wood glue is heat-resistant. White glue is neither water-resistant nor heat-resistant.
Cleaning up is another place of consideration when you are choosing which type of glue to use for your home repair job. Super glue and silicone sealant can be cleaned with acetone. Some glue like water-based contact cement, wood glue and white glue can be cleaned with water.
Before you buy an adhesive for your home repair job, read the labels on different adhesives so you know the strength of the glue and the surfaces on which you can apply the glue. Do not forget to read the warning labels. Avoid inhaling the glue and always carry out the glue work in well-ventilated areas.