See, they should have put us in charge of restoring King Tut’s beard!
Gel, eh? But will it feel as effective to superglue things without the mild panic and unique sensory experience of acrylated fingertips? I think it builds character.
I came in thinking that the entire elephant had been created via successive layering of said glue. Sad. But glad to hear about this alternative.
Anyone have any experience comparing Gorilla brand to Hot Stuff gap filling super glue? I’ve been a happy user of HS super glue since my model rocketry days, but have noticed that the glue has a tendency to stiffen up after about a year. That being said, HS has a great consistency, and I have found it to be a good alternative to the watery non-gap filling version.
Those itsy-bitsy tubes make sense:
“Cyanoacrylate adhesives have a short shelf life. Date-stamped
containers help to ensure that the adhesive is still viable. One
manufacturer supplies the following information and advice: when kept
unopened in a cool, dry location such as a refrigerator at a temperature
of about 55 °F (13 °C), the shelf life of cyanoacrylate will be
extended from about one year from manufacture to at least 15 months. If
the adhesive is to be used within six months, it is not necessary to
refrigerate it. Cyanoacrylates are moisture-sensitive, and moving from a
cool to a hot location will create condensation; after removing from
the refrigerator, it is best to let the adhesive reach room temperature
before opening. After opening, it should be used within 30 days. Open
containers should not be refrigerated.
Another manufacturer says that the maximum shelf life of 12 months is
obtained for some of their cyanoacrylates if the original containers are
stored at 35 to 40 °F (2 to 4 °C).
User forums and some manufacturers say that an almost unlimited shelf
life is attainable by storing unopened at −4 °F (−20 °C), the typical
temperature of a domestic freezer, and allowing to reach room temperature before use.
Rechilling an opened container may cause moisture from the air to
condense in the container, however, reports from hobbyists suggest that storing in a freezer can preserve opened cyanoacrylate indefinitely.
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. Storing cyanoacrylates below 0 °F (−18 °C) will nearly stop the polymerization process and prevent aging.”
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