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Spray Adhesive: A Fine Mist For Your DIY Needs

Choosing a spray adhesive simplifies your repairs, whether you’re working with metal, plastic, fabric, or wood. Follow our simple step-by-step guide to help choose the best spray glue for your project.

What Is Spray Glue?

    Spray glue is an adhesive applied onto a surface from a pressurized container as a mist. Many types of spray adhesives are a solid choice for crafts, decorations, furniture repairs, mending clothing, school projects, and everyday DIY fixes.

What Are Spray Adhesives Used For?

Spray glues are commonly used for crafts and art projects, repairing furniture and appliances, and mending leather or fabric.

Some spray adhesives are repositionable, allowing for detailed placement. Most sprays dry clear and won’t bleed through or cause wrinkling on paper applications.

Spray glues can be used for bonding wood, metal, acrylic, foam, fabric, cardboard, leather, corkboard, glass, foil, rubber, and many plastics. Some spray glues aren’t recommended for exposure to high temperatures or humidity, so be sure to check before using it on an outdoor item.

What Types Of Spray Adhesives Are Available?

    For common use and crafting, a multi-purpose spray glue is the right choice. It dries clear and clean and won’t yellow with age, making it ideal for non-load-bearing household fixes and projects. It’s best for indoor use.
    Need a spray with a bit more hold? Look for a designated heavy-duty spray glue. Its superior bonding strength works effectively on bonding wood, metal, acrylic, foam, fabric, glass, and most plastics.
    More demanding jobs, such as indoor/outdoor bonding of heavier materials or bonds exposed to high temperatures, require a high quality adhesive like LePage Heavy Duty Spray Adhesive.

How To Apply Spray Adhesive

Using spray glue is easy. Just follow these steps for a quick and powerful bond:

  1. Prepare before using. Choose a well-ventilated area and a work surface with adequate space. Always use a mask to avoid inhaling fumes. Wear latex or nitrile gloves (not PVC, nylon, or cotton).
  2. Cover tables or benches with protective cloths or papers. Surfaces to be bonded should be clean and dry and free of oil, wax, paint, or any type of residue. 
  3. Ready the glue. Spray glues are temperature sensitive, so apply adhesives between 18°C and 35°C. LePage Multi-Purpose Spray Adhesives come sealed with a protective nozzle. Turn the spray tip so the black dot aligns with the nozzle and shake the can vigorously before use.
  4. Apply the spray glue. Hold the can in an upright position, pointing the valve toward the surface to be bonded. Apply an even coat of adhesive to both surfaces.

    While spraying, maintain a distance of 20 to 25 cm (about 8 to 10 inches).
  5. Join the pieces. Wait 2 to 3 minutes after spraying. The glue should become sticky. Secure the parts in place and apply gentle, but firm, pressure. Hold in place.
  6. Let the glue cure. Be aware, that spray glues dry quickly. The bond should be secure in just a few minutes. For full bond strength, leave undisturbed overnight.
  7. Clean up and store glue properly. After using, invert the can and give it a quick spray to clear the valve and tip. Clean any residue or buildup with turpentine or mineral spirits, then wipe thoroughly with a dry cloth and replace the cap. 


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