Adhesive Types

Adhesive Type

Characteristics

Best Uses

White Glue
polyvinyl acetate

Strength: Moderate
Drying Time: Several Hours
Moisture Resistance: Poor
Heat Resistance: Poor
Hazards: None
Cleanup: Soap and water

Wood
Paper
Cloth

Two-part epoxy
epoxy

Strength: Excellent
Drying Time: varies by brand
Moisture Resistance: Excellent
Heat Resistance: Excellent
Hazards: Toxic Fumes/flammable
Cleanup: Acetone

Wood
Metal
Masonry
Glass
Fiberglass

Hot Glue
hot melt

Strength: Varies by type
Drying Time: 60 seconds
Moisture Resistance: Fair
Heat Resistance: Fair
Hazards: Hot application
Cleanup: heat / acetone

Glass
Plastics
Wood

Cyanoacrylate Glue
Instant glue/Super glue/Krazy Glue

Strength: Excellent
Drying Time: Seconds
Moisture Resistance: Excellent
Heat Resistance: Excellent
Hazards: Instant bond/flammable/toxic
Cleanup: Acetone

Glass
Ceramics
Plastics
Metal

Contact Cement

Strength: Good
Drying Time: Bonds instant/Cures in 1 hour
Moisture Resistance: Good
Heat Resistance: Excellent
Hazards: Flammable/toxic fumes
Cleanup: Acetone

Laminates
Plastics
Plywood
Flooring

Yellow Glue (carpenter's glue)

Strength: Moderate
Drying Time: Several Hours
Moisture Resistance: Moderate
Heat Resistance:
Hazards: None
Cleanup: Warm water

Wood
Paper
Cloth