Clear glue – looks like new

Ceramic glue: The best adhesive for ceramic items

Anyone who does repairs around the house should know how to use clear glue – strong adhesives that hide rather than highlight the repair or bond. Get all the details below.

Types of clear adhesive

There are many types of clear adhesives so you will want to choose one that is the best fit for your particular project and the conditions that the glue will need to withstand.

Consider whether it will be indoors or outdoors, will the item be subjected to damp conditions, extreme temperatures, or vibration? Then choose a clear glue that will work under those conditions.

Super glue is a common clear glue. However, there are now many different formulations of super glue, so you will want to read the labels and see which one is the best fit.

Clear silicone glue is also available. Silicone is preferred for sealing around bathroom and kitchen fixtures and other wet areas because it is highly waterproof. It remains flexible, maintaining a good seal. The only drawback is that silicone is not paintable, so if the area needs to be painted, you must use another adhesive or sealant, possibly siliconized latex.

Tips for applying clear liquid glue

If your goal is an invisible repair, one of the best pieces of advice would be to go easy on the glue. Clear glue may be transparent, but if you use too much and the adhesive is pushing out of the crack or running down the side, it will be visible. Use just enough glue to achieve an even bond.

  1. Put a small amount on each surface.
  2. Join the pieces together and hold the item still for a few minutes until the glue starts to set.
  3. Have a disposable cloth handy, slightly moistened with acetone or nail polish remover.
  4. After the glue has begun to set, you may want to gently wipe the damp cloth over the visible side of the repair to remove any glue that may have squeezed out of the crack. Don’t keep wiping or use too much acetone. You don’t want  it to get to the glue in the crack and prevent it from setting.

Always have a safety-first mindset. Wear work gloves or nitrile gloves whenever possible. If you get clear glue on your fingers, use acetone (nail polish remover) and hot, soapy water to loosen the bond, then gently pry apart.

Where can I buy clear glue?

Clear glue is available at most hardware and supply stores. An excellent choice for small repairs around the house would be Loctite Super Glue Control. It comes in various formulas but dries clear with great adhesion. It resists water, dishwashing, shock, and even extreme temperatures.

Need a repair on a vinyl seat, fabric, or another flexible material? Loctite Vinyl, Fabric, & Plastic Flexible Adhesive would be your choice. This clear adhesive stays flexible and won’t yellow or crack with age. It can be used indoors or out and is also great for tarps, beachballs, vinyl mattresses, and many more items.