Spray glue, also known as spray mount or adhesive spray, refers to any adhesive that comes in an aerosol can and can be applied by spraying a fine mist onto surfaces. It is used for temporarily or permanently bonding two materials together in a wide variety of applications.
How Does Spray Glue Work?
Spray glue consists of an adhesive polymer or resin suspended in a gaseous solvent propellant. When sprayed out of the can, the propellant evaporates, leaving just the adhesive material behind to bond to the surfaces.
The spray application process allows an even, controlled coating of adhesive. Spray glues are designed to stick fast initially but also allow repositioning of items if needed. The bond then sets quickly, often within minutes, as the remainder of the solvent evaporates. This makes spray glue a versatile, user-friendly adhesive option.
Advantages of Spray Glue
There are several benefits that make spray glue a useful adhesive and craft supply:
- Ease of Application – The spray nozzle allows quick, full coverage without the mess or hassle of liquid glues. It easily reaches into corners and covers large areas faster.
- Even Coverage – The fine spray mist coats surfaces evenly for consistent bonding power across the entire area.
- Minimal Wrinkling – Materials bonded with spray glue are less likely to wrinkle or distort as the glue dries.
- Repositionable Initially – The items can be slid around to align properly after glue is applied but before the bond sets fully.
- Fast Drying – Most spray glues dry in 1 to 5 minutes. This allows projects to be handled faster.
- Easy Cleanup – Excess spray glue can be wiped away with a damp cloth while wet. Dried overspray usually rubs off easily.
- Versatility – Spray glue can bond porous and non-porous materials permanently or temporarily. Some types can handle both rigid and flexible surfaces.
Popular Uses of Spray Glue
Spray glue has many uses in crafts, DIY projects, construction, and more. Here are some of the most common applications:
Arts and Crafts
Spray glue excels at adhering lightweight paper, fabric, photos, embellishments, and more in cards, scrapbooks, collages, decoupage projects, and various paper crafts. It provides smooth, wrinkle-free adhesion. Acid-free, photo-safe formulas are ideal for preserving photos and mementos.
For home DIY projects, spray glue can quickly and securely bond materials like wood, tile, plastic, metal, foam, and composites. It offers bonding power similar to liquid adhesives while being easier and neater to apply. Common uses include installing wall tiles, adhering laminates or panels, and assembling various materials.
Packaging and Printing
In manufacturing and packaging, spray glue bonds paper, cardboard, plastics, foams, labels, and more. It’s commonly used to assemble boxes, apply packaging labels, mount signage, and bind books and magazines. Some industrial spray adhesives can permanently bond even rough, heavy-duty materials.
Construction and Repairs
Contractors, handymen, and builders rely on high-strength spray glue formulations to install insulation, soundproofing, or carpeting. Temporary spray glue also aids tasks like hanging wallpaper and holding pieces in place for nailing or screwing. Spray glue is ideal for on-site repairs when clamping isn’t possible.
Fabric and Upholstery
Spray glue adheres fabric to surfaces quickly and smoothly with no seam gaps. It excels at applying fabric coverings to furniture, headboards, lampshades, Ottomans, and crafts. Some stretchable fabric glues allow bonding fabric while maintaining flexibility.
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What Materials Can Be Glued with Spray Adhesive?
Spray glue works on an extensive array of porous and non-porous materials including:
- Paper, cardboard, photos
- Fabric, felt, leather
- Wood, MDF, particleboard
- Plastics, acrylics, PVC
- Cork, foam, insulation
- Carpet, rubber, tiles
- Glass, concrete, stone
- Metal, aluminum, steel
Users should read manufacturer specifications to choose a spray glue compatible with the particular materials in the project.
Tips for Using Spray Glue
When working with spray glue, following some basic guidelines will produce the best results:
- Choose a spray glue formulated for the materials being bonded. Consider bond strength needed, flexibility, acid-free properties, etc.
- Work in a well-ventilated area and avoid inhaling fumes.
- Clean and dry surfaces thoroughly before applying glue. Any grease, dust or moisture will interfere with adhesion.
- Hold 6-10 inches from surfaces and apply a uniform, even coat of glue. Avoid runs and drips.
- Let glue tack up for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before bonding.
- Carefully align items and press together firmly. Use a brayer roller or press with hands to maximize contact.
- To reposition, gently peel items apart and reassemble within 60 seconds.
- Clean up wet overspray immediately with a damp cloth.
With proper selection and application technique, spray glue serves as an indispensable time-saving adhesive for countless household projects and crafts. Its instant grab and rapid cure allow users to attach materials quickly and handle projects faster than liquid glues. Keep spray glue on hand for tackling all kinds of craft, construction, and repair jobs.
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