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12-21-2014 04:30 PM

I bought a large quantity of both cyanoacrylate glue-super glue, and quite a few bottles of gorilla glue too.It has all gone rock solid in no time,and needs to be thrown out, a total waste of money.I have heard that if you leave it in the refridgerator over a period it stays good is that true? Alistair ps or any other ideas this stuff is not cheap.

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#1 posted 12-21-2014 04:38 PM

Both glues cure in the presence of moisture.
Best I can tell ya is to buy in small quantities. Sorry.


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#2 posted 12-21-2014 04:52 PM

Alistair…..When I buy super glue, I use LockTite Liquid, not the other….The liquid stays in liquid form ready to use, whereas the gel-like stuff “goes rock solid” as you stated…I too bought a small bottle of Gorilla glue, and didn’t use it for several months….got hard a a rock, also…I thought about taking both bottles in the house and boiling them to soften them, but was afraid they’d blow up….!!!!!....Like Bill said….buy small bottles, and use it quick….lol….

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#3 posted 12-21-2014 04:57 PM

Can’t speak to Gorilla Glue, but my CA lives in a plastic box in the refrigerator in the break room (garage) outside the shop. Once the bottles are opened, I put them in a plastic zip-lock bag before returning them to the fridge. It keeps for a year or more.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#4 posted 12-21-2014 09:29 PM

Alistair, I have a bunch of bottles of glue…. CA, PVA, Poly, Epoxy, etc. that I have had for about 4 years. They are all still viable, in fact I just used a bottle of CA opened last year and a 24oz bottle of PVA glue I opened the year before.

The trick here is, don’t let oxygen get to them.

I have a medium sized bottle of Argon gas I used on a welding job 10 years ago and never used again. It is hardly used and I hated buying it because the job was almost done.
I put a dollop on the top of anything I use for gluing, finishing, or securing that cures in oxygen, (aerobic).
So far, in 6 years I haven’t used enough argon to even lower my gauges at all.
I have heard that any ‘non’ corrosive gas will prevent the curing, and I know it must always be heavier than air.

I think you would be good with many types of inert gases, and even where you live I would bet you can find little bottles of the gases at decent prices, (My argon was $140 then, and 389 now).

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#5 posted 12-21-2014 09:41 PM

Refrigeration for cyanoacrylate storage works great. The conditions you want for that chemistry are cold, dark and dry which is what you get in a fridge.

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#6 posted 12-21-2014 09:45 PM

I use the one below. It might be a Canada/USA thing but the packaging and color is identical to Loctite.

This one has the LePage name on it. ($6.95 at HD) It’s the Liquid not the Gel and it just sits on my work shelf until I need it. Couple of Months is no problem. They come in a Snap Shut Clear Plastic Container. Maybe that helps.

I’ve used the Gorilla Glue Twice now. The First time and The Last Time! Hard as a rock in a couple of weeks or so.


PS: Hope you’re still feeling a lot better!


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#7 posted 12-21-2014 10:03 PM

CA glue keeps better (IMHO) in the freezer . It doesn’t freeze at that temperature, just keeps. I’ve kept it for years in there!

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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#8 posted 12-22-2014 01:29 AM

I’m just finishing up a 4 oz. bottle of CA thin I got a Woodcraft about 3 years ago.
I keep it in a filing cabinet in my garage (no heat or air conditioning).
The only thing I’ve done is to make sure I put the cap back on as soon as I finish using it and especially if I’m spraying accelerator.
I have had the cap and applicator tip harden…I just poke a needle down the applicator tip and scrape out the cap.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#9 posted 12-22-2014 06:52 AM

This is very interesting…

I put the bottles in a jar… then, I put that Jar inside another jar… Seems to work pretty well…

Sometimes, if left out in the open, the bottles will shrink, break, crack, & the stuff start flowing all over the place causing a real PAIN of damage…

I like this thread… Keep the ideas flowing! :) LOL

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#10 posted 12-22-2014 02:29 PM

I use super glue to protect the cuts and splits and cracks I get in my fingers and thumbs when I mess with wood, and especially in the winter when things are so dry….When they start busting open and stinging, the glue comes out…You have to cut the air off to the cuts…It not only protects the cuts from hurting, it starts healing them up, too…..

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#11 posted 12-22-2014 02:43 PM

I too have had good luck with the ‘Super Glue’ from Woodcraft. Keeps a LONG time in the shop without refrigeration.

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#12 posted 12-22-2014 03:51 PM

I usually buy super glue/CA from Harbor Freight. I get those really small tubes that come in multiples per package. They have the thin, and gel as well. EZ on the wallet also.

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#13 posted 12-22-2014 03:59 PM

I once bought a gallon of glue on sale, thinking I had a deal! Well I had it forever and realized that not being a production shop, I would never use it before it expired (and yes glue expires). It ended up in the garbage.

Since then, I only buy enough to get the project done. On a second note though, be aware that if a store does not move a lot of glue, it can sit on a shelf for a long time. Learn the mfg codes to determine age. Follow mfg’s directions to make sure it’s performance is at it’s peak.

To me glue is the one spot you do not want failure!

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#14 posted 12-22-2014 08:48 PM

I’ve had that problem with super glues but since switching to Loctite, I have no more problems with drying up or the cap gluing itself stuck.

-- Rick M,

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