How End Users Can Extend The Life of Cyanoacrylate Adhesives
Known for its superior curing ability, cyanoacrylate adhesive (AKA quick fix glue) differs from traditional adhesives in that it contains acrylic resin rather than being water-based. Moisture on a material’s surface is what activates the chemicals in cyanoacrylate adhesives to create strong bonds. Cyanoacrylates can be used on metal, porcelain, glass, leather, rubber, and plastic items and you don’t need a lot for a strong and secure seal.
Most glue bottles or tubes come with needle tips to help control volume and assist with precise application. Unopened containers of this glue have a shelf life of between eight and 12 months and much less after it’s been opened. To maximize this time limit, store super glue in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Ideally, containers should be stowed in temperatures ranging between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent heat and humidity from building. Hot environments compromise the integrity of cyanoacrylate adhesive, causing it to become hard and dry.
To keep the glue from drying out store it in its original vessel inside an airtight container or sealed plastic bag, between uses. You can also recycle silica gel pouches that commonly come with consumer goods like electronics, purses, or new shoes and add them to your airtight container to help absorb moisture. Refrigerator storage is an additional option, but don’t use the glue right out of the fridge; instead, let the glue reach room temperature.
Another easy way to extend the life of cyanoacrylate adhesive is to place the lid back on the bottle and secure it tightly immediately after each use. Additionally, cleaning the outside of the glue container and its nozzle with a cloth will also prevent contamination that could diminish the glue’s effectiveness. If some of the adhesive dries on the container’s tip or exterior in the process, simply wipe the areas with a cotton ball soaked in nail polish remover to dissolve the bond.
Source: House Digest