Q: Thinning Super Glue -- what to use?

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Rob Myers

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Sep 12, 2009, 8:29:36 PM9/12/09
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If you wanted to make Super Glue/ Crazy Glue even thinner, what would
you thin it with?

I realize you can just buy a 'thin version' off the shelve, but still,
I am interested in knowing what you would thin it with if you felt
like doing that.

Does any know the answer?

Thanks,
-- Rob

Lloyd Olson

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Sep 12, 2009, 8:32:29 PM9/12/09
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Acetone. Some nail polish removers have it. LTG :)

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Sep 13, 2009, 7:59:17 AM9/13/09
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I would not try and thin it. I would just buy
new glue in the thinnest form you desire.
most hobby shops sell SG in different
thicknesses. you could use acetone
to thin it, but it may compromise the
structure of the glue.

Gman

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Sep 13, 2009, 1:16:10 PM9/13/09
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On Sep 12, 8:29 pm, Rob Myers <rsmy...@rogers.com> wrote:

Woodcraft stores and online sell three thickness or CA glue, I use all
three. Thin, medium and thick. (i use these for 'fixing' bark and wood
fibers while turning natural edge bowls, mother nature and I need a
little help sometimes)

gypsy....@gmail.com

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Dec 22, 2015, 12:09:02 AM12/22/15
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Xylene

rsm...@rogers.com

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Dec 26, 2015, 1:17:36 PM12/26/15
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On Mon, 21 Dec 2015 21:08:47 -0800 (PST), gypsy....@gmail.com
wrote:
Not Acetone? I thought 'Super Glue/ Crazy Glue' had Acetone in it.

If Xylene will works as a thinner for those glues, are there
advantages to using it over Acetone?

Thanks,
--- Rob

barakandl

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Dec 28, 2015, 3:50:59 PM12/28/15
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Xylene and Acetone are different beasts. Xylene is a non polar solvent where Acetone is more of a polar solvent. The solubility of things could be different between the two.

Frank Furhter

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Dec 28, 2015, 8:02:29 PM12/28/15
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barakandl wrote:
> non polar solvent

For those in the know...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solvent
http://www.masterorganicchemistry.com/2012/04/27/polar-protic-polar-aprotic-nonpolar-all-about-solvents/

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Bob C

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Dec 29, 2015, 11:11:37 AM12/29/15
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I thought cheap generic glue was already "thinned" according to past posts

rickca...@sportvision.com

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Sep 3, 2017, 3:58:27 PM9/3/17
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I'm about to try thinning my thick super-glue by adding some super thin super-glue. With any luck this will save a fairly big bottle of thick super-glue that's getting way too thick.


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The_Black_Knight

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Sep 4, 2017, 2:03:49 AM9/4/17
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> I'm about to try thinning my thick super-glue by adding some super thin super-glue. With any luck this will save a fairly big bottle of thick super-glue that's getting way too thick.

Thinning thick super glue or I have to assume you are referring to the family of glues under Cyanoacrylates is wasteful actually REDUCES bond strength.

"Mixing and matching" glues is also a bad idea because of the changes in chemicals that are used in different types of glues, which can cause discoloration.

Many times thick glue means the glue has aged or simply cheap.

Go buy a new bottle of Loctite 20G SG Professional and throw the old bottle out.
Don't be cheap, or you get cheap results.
A $6 bottle of loctite even with a lot of repairs lasts months.


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Oct 3, 2017, 2:00:26 PM10/3/17
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According to the wikipedia page on CA:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyanoacrylate#cite_note-34

"As cyanoacrylates age, they polymerize, become thicker, and cure more slowly. They can be thinned with a cyanoacrylate of the same chemical composition with lower viscosity.[34] Storing cyanoacrylates below 0 °F (−18 °C) will nearly stop the polymerization process and prevent aging."

As far as the last claim on storage, it should be added that it is suggested to let the container and contents rise to ambient temperature in order to reduce condensation, which causes more rapid curing of the glue.

rrgu...@gmail.com

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Nov 27, 2017, 10:45:52 PM11/27/17
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If you just want to reduce drying time you can chill the super glue in the freezer. This also works well to keep it from solidifying in the tube.

Frank Furhter

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Nov 30, 2017, 12:28:34 AM11/30/17
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rrgu...@gmail.com wrote:
> If you just want to reduce drying time you can chill the super glue in the freezer. This also works well to keep it from solidifying in the tube.
>

So you can huff late at night, just in time for that
'can't get back to sleep' after you wake up and change
the bag and drink some more water.

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Mal Mcauliffe

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did it work @rickca...@sportvision.com ?

Kenneth Vaughan

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Aug 20, 2021, 12:35:18 AM8/20/21
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acetone will NOT thin super-glue! In fact, quite the opposite… it “gels” it, and what results might be a good adhesive/gap sealer; but it might be worthless - I don’t know, I threw it away as a failed experiment.

KJMain

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Nov 28, 2021, 1:13:51 PM11/28/21
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On Friday, August 20, 2021 at 12:35:18 AM UTC-4, Kenneth Vaughan wrote:
> acetone will NOT thin super-glue! In fact, quite the opposite… it “gels” it, and what results might be a good adhesive/gap sealer; but it might be worthless - I don’t know, I threw it away as a failed experiment.

Acetone will thin superglue. just make sure it is an unopened bottle and 100% pure. If there is any moisture present it will gel the superglue.
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