Glass, metal, leather, ceramic: which glue for which material?

Glass, metal, leather, ceramic: which glue for which material?

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If you are not a DIY pro, it is not always easy to navigate when choosing a glue that will meet your needs. The glue department is often large: there are versatile glues and others to be used only for specific materials. Here is what to enlighten you on the main uses:

Cyanoacrylate adhesives

This first type of glue, more often called Super Glue, sticks almost everything in record time. It will be used mainly on ceramics, porcelain, glass, metal and rubber. As this fixing does not withstand torsions, vibrations and temperature variations, it will rather be used on decorative objects or objects that are handled little.

Neoprene adhesives

With this type of glue, you must glue the two parts of your assembly, it is the contact between the points of glue that allows everything to hold. This glue resists twisting thanks to its flexibility but also to humidity (ideal for bonding shoes). It can be used especially on leather, rubber and cork.


These adhesives come in direct application tubes or require fixing on a gun. This type of glue allows you to attach objects that are not too heavy to the wall or ceiling. Simply apply a regular bead to the back of the object to be fixed and press for a few moments to obtain the fixing.

Vinyl glues

These white glues must be used for wood and its derivatives mainly for the repair or assembly of kit furniture. After application, the assembly must be tight and the optimal drying time is 24 hours.

Hot melt adhesives

This type of glue comes in the form of sticks to be inserted into a gun. Used in particular for wood, glass, ceramic and plastic, this glue adheres as it cools.

Epoxy adhesives

These adhesives are very resistant, multi-purpose and perfectly resistant to humidity. They consist of a hardener and a resin which must be mixed beforehand. The final resistance is obtained after 24 hours.


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