For whatever the project may be, many people wonder which type of glue to use, liquid glue or a glue stick. 

Both the liquid and the stick variants are easy to use, readily available, and reliable. 

Are there instances when one is better than the other? Are their applications interchangeable? Let's dive into it!

What is a Liquid Glue?

Liquid Glue is a water-based adhesive and is often either a cyanoacrylate glue or a polyvinyl acetate (PVA) glue. The former creates incredibly strong bonds and is not as messy as other types of glue. PVAs, on the other hand, usually require longer curing time and clamping may be needed.

Liquid Glue is a staple for many arts and crafts projects, be it at home or at school. Its ubiquity can be attributed to its versatility, non-toxic formulation which makes it safe to be used by children, and allows for easy clean up. Many types of this glue are environmentally friendly as well.

Liquid Glues Worth Considering:

The LePage School Glue is perfect for kids. This glue cleans up easily with soap and water and dries translucent white for those clean and invisible glue lines when using it on paper, fabric, cork, veneer, wood, and cardboard. It is safe to use and has a non-flammable formulation, so you can give the little ones this school glue and let their creativity run wild.

The LePage Super Glue Liquid Pro is a heavy-duty cyanoacrylate super glue that quickly sets in 15 to 30 seconds and dries transparent, making it the ideal choice if you want a repair that is unnoticeable. It works well on various porous and non-porous surfaces including leather, rubber, wood, china, paper, ceramic, hard plastics, metal, and more.

Do you need to repair stuff around the house? The LePage Super Glue Ultra Liquid Control will do the job. It is suitable for repairing toys, rubber seals, jewellery, metal car parts, and figurines. It is fast-acting and dishwasher safe and highly resistant to temperature, moisture, and most chemicals.

When you need a precise and no-mess application, especially for repairing things, the LePage Super Glue Liquid Brush-On is the right product. It creates a strong bond on porous and non-porous surfaces like plastics, metals, wood, rubber, fabric, leather, and more.

The LePage Super Glue All Plastics is formulated to fuse hard-to-bond plastics. It easily bonds to plastics such as polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). It is also resistant to moisture, extremely cold temperatures, and most chemicals.

And finally, if there is one liquid glue that can do just about anything, it is the LePage Liquid Multi-Purpose Super Glue. It dries clear and sets within 30 seconds. It can easily bond rubber, hard plastics, wood, cork, metal, fabric, leather, and more!


What is a Glue Stick?

A glue stick is a hard or solid type of glue that comes in a push-up container, often a tube. It may refer to the variant used by most school children. The other type of glue stick is used in a glue gun and is more commonly called hot melt glue.

A glue stick, like the LePage Glue Stick, is acid-free and non-toxic. This makes it a popular part of any school supply list. It dries clear and invisible for a clean look. It also does not wrinkle paper. With its convenient twist applicator, it is pocketable and does not create any mess. Little children can use it at school and at home without any worries.

The hot melt glue is perfect for DIY. It can be used to fix shoes, china, and depending on its formulation, wood and textiles. Due to it requiring the use of a glue gun that heats up, it is not advisable to be used by children.

Liquid Glue and Glue Stick – When to Use Either One?

  • Generally, liquid glue is stickier and creates a stronger bond. So, if you want a tighter bond, use liquid glue. 
  • A little goes a long way. A few small dots of liquid glue are enough to do the job.
  • Liquid glue can be watered down and applied with a brush.
  • For repairing stuff, choose a strong liquid super glue.
  • If you are working on paper and you do not want it to get all wrinkled, go with a glue stick.
  • For a smoother application, a glue stick does it best. 
  • Are you worried about your kid getting messy? Hand your child a glue stick.

Make the Right Choice

It is wise to keep both on hand in case you need them. Assess the situation where glue is needed then pick the best product for that application. Check out our line of glue products for even more options!