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All-purpose glues: Get to know the DIYers best friend

If you’re looking for a multi-purpose glue for your next DIY project, you’ve come to the right place. In this short guide, you’ll learn the basics about all-purpose glues and universal glues and how to use these great all-rounders.

What is all-purpose glue?

All-purpose glues, also known as universal or multi-purpose adhesives, can be used for a great variety of projects. There’s a huge range of universal adhesives out there, but don’t stress – we're here to provide helpful tips on choosing and using a glue that suits your needs.

If you’re pressed for time and stuck on which specific glue to use, chances are an all-purpose adhesive is a great choice. Just make sure to check on which materials your preferred multi-purpose adhesive will work.

What does multi-purpose glue do?

The capabilities of universal adhesives are almost endless! From fixing small household appliances and repairing soccer balls to constructing industrial-sized objects like ship decks and wind turbines, all-purpose glues are incredibly versatile – and handy.

But not all universal glues are equal, and it's important to learn about the product properties and special features of each to find the one that’s the right fit for you.

For example, Loctite Extreme Glue No Drip Gel provides long-lasting bonds for a variety of materials such as:

  • wood
  • metal
  • leather
  • plastic
  • ceramic
  • glass
  • foam
  • rubber and more

The revolutionary water-resistant Flextec formula sets it apart. It withstands vibration, moisture, impact, UV exposure and extreme temperatures, making it an incredibly versatile all-purpose adhesive. From arts and crafts to tricky repairs in and around the home, it’s great for almost any job. Plus, it’s even dishwasher safe!

How to use universal glue

Always remember – safety first! Make sure you wear gloves (we recommend using nitrile gloves), work with your all-purpose glue in a well-ventilated area and wash your hands after use.

  1. Prepare your workspace and see to it that the surfaces you want to bond are completely clean, dry and free from dust, grease, old glue, paint or other contaminants.
  2. Pre-fit the materials so that they’re perfectly aligned before you start gluing. If you’re trying to bond very smooth or glossy surfaces, you might need to lightly sand them for better adhesion.
  3. Apply a thin layer of glue to one of the surfaces and carefully press both parts together. If you need to reposition, make sure you do it within five minutes (which is when the glue starts to cure).
  4. Clamp or tape parts together while the adhesive cures and do not move or use the glued object for at least two hours. In 24 hours the bond will be as strong as it gets.
  5. Clean your tools and remove any glue residue using a cotton bud soaked with acetone. Dried adhesive is a little trickier to get off – you'll need to scrape off as much as you can with a hard edge and then wipe the rest off with acetone.

To keep your all-purpose glue in top condition, make sure you close the tube nice and tight right after use and store at room temperature. Avoid extreme temperatures and humidity – they'll reduce the shelf-life of your multi-purpose adhesive.