One thing that most wood glues reviews fail to address is how to apply the product. To help you out, we will show you the step-by-step process:
Step 1: Gather the necessary things
First, ensure you have all the necessary items. These include the glue, applicator, project parts, a respirator or mask, and clamp.
Step: 2: Ensure the pieces are clean
Next, ensure the parts to be joined together are very clean and dry. They should be free of grease, oil, dust, dirt, moisture, and other things. You can use sandpaper, abrasive pad, or a cleaner to eliminate the said compounds. This helps to ensure the bond is tight and that there is no contamination.
Step 3: Apply it on the pieces
Open the glue container and let it air for a few minutes. This, however, may vary with some times, which can be applied immediately. Using an applicator or brush, apply the glue on the two surfaces that need to be joined together. Do not apply too little, as this will affect the bonding strength. Also, don’t apply too much since it’s not only wasteful but may leave a messy result and surrounding.
Step 4: Expose the pieces to air
Most glue requires the parts bearing the glue to be left exposed to air for a few minutes. This allows the chemical reaction to begin. However, most modern types can be applied and the parts pressed tightly together instantly. It is important to read the instructions on the pack to see what the manufacturer recommends.
Step 5: Join the parts
Next is to join the two parts together. It’s critical to make certain the entire surface is properly covered with glue. Gaps or air bubbles will create a weak point. It has also been proven that a rough surface creates a better place for the glue to bond. This is why you may need to scruff or sand the surfaces slightly before applying the glue.
Step 6: Clamp them together
After placing the parts together and firmly pressing them tightly, you need to clamp them down. This helps to ensure the parts don’t move out of position or assignment. This also increases the pressure and prevents any gaps or airs bubbles from forming. You can use a vice, clamps, or grips depending on the type of project or work. A larger project will require several or heavy-duty vices while a small job will do with a few lightweight clamps or grips.
Step 7: Allow it to dry and cure
Finally, place the project in a safe place where it will not be touched or disturbed. This allows it to start drying and curing. This may take several minutes or hours depending on the type of glue.
NB: Drying and curing are two different things. Yes, the glue may appear dry. However, it may not have cured. This means that although it feels dry and is hard to touch, the chemical bond is yet to be achieved. You should, therefore, give it time and follow the recommendations from the manufacturer.