Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 13
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by jimh way too thick
The glue in the bottle I received was way too thick, almost like putty. It took monstrous pressure to squeeze out a small amount, and then it had no flow at all. It had to be spread by hand, and it crumbled all over the place. I think something went wrong with this bottle, either in manufacturing or in storage before it was shipped out. Just about unusable.
March 6, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by rfpnc1 Elmer's Probond Advanced Multi-Purpose Glue Bonded the Shoe
Probond Advanced Multi-Purpose Glue definitely lives up to its promise of multi-surface bonding without the mess. I was able to repair the handle of a ceramic lamp without any problem. Then I decided to try a more challenging project: an older pair of sandals that had come apart. I followed the directions on the back of the packaging and clamped the glued areas, then let the shoes sit for a couple of days. Voila! The two different surfaces bonded together snugly and without a foamy mess. I can use these sandals in the garden and around the house. I am very happy with the results I received from Elmer's Probond and recommend that every workbench stock this multi-purpose glue.
September 18, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by jswobe Great glue, easy to work with...poor applicator/bottle
I have three boys and they break things - all of the time. So, I am constantly fixing stuff, from toys to flower pots to decorations and sometimes even cups and plates. When things can be glued and reused, I immediately try to do so. I have used super glue, some polyurethane glues, construction adhesive, wood glue and even spray adhesive if the application is right.
Having said all of that, I have been really impressed by this Elmer's Probond glue. So far, I have fixed some plastic toys, a picture frame, a styrofoam airplane and some Christmas decorations. Pictures of two of those repairs are attached. The glue is easy to work with in that it is rather thin - meaning it is not thick and hard to squeeze out of the bottle. It actually comes out too quickly, but I think that is because of the poor applicator design. It set-up quickly (within a minute) and I was able to "let go" and allow it to fully dry in afterward. Within two or three minutes, it had clearly begun drying and within two hours it was dry enough to touch and move around.
My only problem with the product - and the reason I give it four stars instead of five - is the cheap bottle, cap and applicator. Instead of a screw on cap, it is a pull-off, push-on cap. Every time I pull the cap off, I feel like the tip is going to break off of the bottle, and I cannot image that the seal on the tip of the applicator is air tight. I am worried about how long it will last sitting on the shelf with this poor tip and cap. Further, the hole in the applicator is a little large for the thickness of the glue. Since it is relatively thin and flows easily, the glue comes out a little quicker than is desirable. I ended up with glue on some finished surfaces that I would have preferred not to be marred.
So - great glue, easy to work with, fast setting and strong. Just find a way to apply it cleanly and accurately (such as using some scrap cardboard and a stick applicator to brush / rub it on).
December 16, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Paul "Multi-Purpose" is not "All Purpose"
An interesting product. Not Elmer's traditional casein or current PVA base, nor ape-glue's polyurethane base, this is an acrylic base. They claim it is unique, a first in the glue industry.
But "Multi-Purpose" is not "All Purpose".
There's a whole chart on the back of the box. (This chart should be posted with the other information on Home-Depot's and Elmer's websites.) Some materials are claimed "good", some "great", and others are not listed. (Notable is a footnote with abbreviated types of plastics; we don't always know what type of plastic we have.)
I started with several objects on wood. Instructions say 24 hours but I didn't test until 50 hours later.
Although PVC/wood is claimed "good", PVC electric fitting popped right off.
Wood/wood was not so easy to break, and would be adequate for much woodworking, but far short of what a proper wood-glue would do. (The instructions do say that their wood-glue would be better for wood/wood joints.)
Clean galvanized steel on wood stuck better than I would expect. But if a part is made of steel it often has to be strong, and this glue is far weaker than steel.
Stone is specifically mentioned and stone/wood is claimed "great". This interested me because I have lots of rocks and might use them for decorative projects. I found it to be very good, but it was not that hard to knock-off the stone.
As an additional test, I glued a small plastic dog which had fallen off a high shelf and broke its front leg. The repair holds OK; the joint line is visible only in close-up. See attached image.
Inspection of joints suggests the glue fails to grab the surface, it is stronger in its bulk. Aggressive sanding and cleaning might help slick surfaces (and is suggested). More careful clamping may help.
The applicator and glue are awkward. Hard to get a little, you get a glop.
Curing time is very long compared to some other glues. At 4 hours it was just starting to "dry". At 24 hours there seemed to be uncured spots, though I did not test them. I believe you need to wait at least 24 hours before unclamping.
The squeeze-out is blue-gray and semi-hard. Not clear, not that annoying hard foam you get with ape-glue.
The cured glue appears very durable, probably weather-resistant, but only time will tell.
Clean-up before cure with damp rag. If it dries on your finger, it takes a while to pick it off; ape-glue is much worse, some other glues are much easier.
Opinion: does a useful job on many surfaces, including unlikely ones like steel and stone and plastic Corgis. Will not be my first-choice for most jobs. May turn out to be "great" for some specific job that I have not run into yet. Elmer's regular white-glue is far better (and cheaper) for paper and light wood projects; Elmer's Carpenter glue for serious wood joints. For steel and stone there are better choices, but that's outside the scope of this review.
July 25, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by tilepainter it's glue
For an all-in-one product, I would recommend this glue over Gorilla glue. Both do roughly the same thing, but this glue is not a foaming mess like Gorilla glue.
That said, I would sooner reach for cyanoacrylate, contact cement, a good wood glue, silicone, or whatever specialized adhesive is right for the job at hand, than a product like this that does all things, but none particularly well.
On the other hand, if you're the type of person that has one pot of glue in your kitchen drawer for everything, this might be for you; not everyone has my collection of adhesives.
Set up time seemed very long - after an hour of clamping, the two pieces fell right apart, although it did set up overnight. A tough job I did with it was repairing a foam rubber flip-flop sandal which had delaminated. It appears to be holding, even in the wet, which is pretty good for any adhesive.
July 21, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Spring Great Bond!
This product worked great. It works so much better than super glue. Don't waste your money on anything else.
July 2, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DickB Very Versatile!
If you want one strong glue that will do it all, this is the glue for you! I did not want to get into any hard-to-work-with epoxy glue that required mixing two liquids together so I was looking for something that was easy to use and versatile (able to bond many different types of surfaces). This it the one! I have used it on several repiar jobs with 100% success. I strongly recommend it. It will not disappoint you.
July 28, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dale Works well
I just got this glue, and used it on the bottom of a raised handicapped toilet seat to reapply the rubber cushion that protests the toilet surface from scratches. This an area that is subject to moisture and it is working well. I try to repair items before throwing them away, and I am sure this glue will be used numerous more times.
February 1, 2014