Rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by precisionh2o Great Gluestick
This is a great gluestick. Used it to bond polyethylene foam into a Pelican case and it bonds extremely well. It has a very good working time, 60 - 80 sec.
December 17, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by CardboardWizard Product Description is a bit over-hyped
Here is what this product promises: Acrylic Hot Melt- UNIQUE high performance adhesive developed for superior bonding too hard to bond surfaces. This adhesive is strong, remains flexible and has a medium open and set time. This remarkable adhesive will bond to concrete, vinyl, metal, rubber, tile, stone, ceramic, leather, melamine, coated papers, foil, wood, nylon, fabric, glass, plastics and the list goes on.
When I first got these, I had to clear out the general, Surebonder, glue stick out by running 2 of these unique sticks through the glue gun. Once I was convinced contamination was gone or minimal, I went to work with the glue.
First I will share the good points. Gluing foam to foam, it's great. Foam to wood paneling, again great. For leather to leather, great. For leather to wood or foam, great again. Fabric to fabric, good. Fabric to wood, great. PVC and ABS, fair but enough to hold parts temporarily in place. HDPE and LDPE forget it. Nylon adhesion was poor at best, but good as a temporarily means to hold parts together. I did not test ceramic, melamine, coated papers, foil, glass, tile, rubber, and concrete.
This is the bad, and a warning to wood workers or DIYer's. If you gluing in dowel pegs, joints, or compound joints, forget it. This glue will only hold wood to wood, from my 18 hours of testing this medium, if you cover at least a 3" x 3" on BOTH surfaces. The glue's flexible property makes this a horrible glue for wood working. After 1 hour of allowing the glue to cool down, I was able to twist 3/4" dowels, sunk 1 inch into a 2x4, right out by hand! The same goes for the lap joint I made with 1x4's. I was able to rip them apart by hand. When I used professional grade wood glue, Titebond III+, it was impossible to pull anything apart by hand (this was after the test parts were clamped for 4 hours, and I allowed the glue to dry for 26 hours) Joints and dowels were also susceptible to impact damage. In other words, if your project tips over on your concrete garage floor, expect it to come apart.
For the price of this glue, I found it's performance fair at best. I am going to keep the rest of the glue sticks, since it does work for my other jobs that involve foam to foam and foam to wood applications. For anything else forget it. You are better off buying glue that is specifically made for the job. If you are wood working, use WOOD GLUE. If you want to glue PVC piping, use PVC CEMENT. Same for ABS.
In parting, I would like to say Surebonder really dropped the ball with this glue, both on quality and price.
October 12, 2014