strong, works almost instantly, and is bottled in three different
viscosities (thicknesses). CA is used for most glue joints,
except where epoxy is specified. CA does emit rather strong
fumes (some say it's like tear gasoline) as it cures, so rule number
one is to work in a well ventilated area.
is also known as plain CA. This is the instant variety, used
for most initial assembly and tack gluing. Thin CA is usually
"wicked" into a tightly fitting joint by putting a few drops
on the seam, then holding the parts together while the CA
penetrates and bonds the parts. When gluing plywood or hardwood,
a mist of accelerator will help the CA work.
also known as medium or gap filling CA. CA+ is used for surface
gluing, filling small gaps between poorly matched parts, and
for general purpose applications. It cures slower than thin
CA, allowing you to apply a bead to two or three parts before
assembly. Also, because it cures slower than thin CA, it penetrates
the wood for a stronger bond. Curing time without accelerator
is 20 - 30 seconds.
or thick CA is used when extra positioning time is needed.
CA- is a great gap filler and is also used to make fillets
when a little extra strength is required. Curing time is about
1 - 2 minutes.