Elevate Your Cyanoacrylate “Super Glue” Application With an Accelerator
Cyanoacrylate, better known as “super glue,” changed many industries when it was invented. There were many difficult substrates that could be glued together quickly and permanently with a simple application process. These included things like plastic, metal, leather, wood, and more. As more cyanoacrylates come on the market, some take longer to set than others.
This is where the “super glue” accelerators come in. A cyanoacrylate accelerator can be used before the adhesive to make the bond almost instantaneous. Putting two things together with glue can make the glue come out. These products can also be used to make the glue harden so it doesn’t come apart.
What is a CA Accelerator? The Quick Explanation
There are many things you can do with super glue accelerators, but the most common and obvious one is to speed up the time it takes for super glue to dry. A stronger final bond can also be made by using super glue accelerators. This is true, for example, in dry climates and between hard surfaces that have a lot of oil or acid on them (think wood).
Glue that dries with water from the air is called “super glue.” It is a very strong adhesive, and when it starts to harden, it makes a long-term connection with the surface. A super glue accelerator adds moisture to the air so that the curing process can be sped up. It can also help in dry places.
When Should I Use a CA Accelerator?
They can be used in many different ways. If you don’t want to read all about it, we won’t. We’ll focus on the most common and most effective ways to use it. Woodworkers use layers of super glue and super glue accelerator, either alone or in combination with oils, to make their projects super strong and weather-proof. This is how they do it. People who use super glue accelerators can make their projects go faster and better if they use them. It is especially good for attaching hard materials and making strong bonds in dry places.
MITREAPEL AC400 has an easy-to-use spray bottle that can be used for product assembly, manufacturing, wire tacking, silk screening, gap filling, and a lot of other things as well.
What products work with a CA Accelerator?
The Science Behind Cyanoacrylate Super Glue Accelerators
What You Need to Know About Cyanoacrylate
Ethyl 2-Cyanoacrylate (ECA) is the glue’s main ingredient. It’s usually made up of 92% polymethacrylate, 0.5% hydroquinone, and 0.1% organic sulfonic acid, but this isn’t always the case. Thinner glues tend to be closer to 100% pure ECA.
Super glue is very strong, so it needs a stabilizer to stay liquid. It starts to harden as soon as moisture breaks down its stabilizers and the adhesive starts to polymerize into a long-term bond with the surface.
There is condensed water vapor on the surface of two different materials that make them stick together. This is how it works: The faster the super glue is stuck between these two surfaces, the faster it will dry and become strong. When it comes to humidity, the more moisture the surface has, the faster the super glue will dry.
It takes time for glue to harden because it starts at the surface and moves toward the center. This means that thick seams or large dots of glue may harden slowly or not at all. Avoid seams that are more than.25mm thick if you want a strong bond.
How Does the Super Glue Accelerator Work?
Acetone-based super glue accelerators usually use acetone as the main agent that evaporates. This means that when the acetone is put on, it evaporates, leaving behind an ingredient that can speed up the process. Because the glue sticks quickly and firmly to the surface you want, this is how it works:
How to Use a Super Glue Accelerator
Clean and dry the parts you want to bond before you start. The surface needs to be clean and dry so the super glue can stick well to it. Dirt or dust can make the super glue less effective. As soon as your substrates are clean and dry, you can start gluing them together.
- Spray the Accelerator: Spray the accelerator on the surface first. If you don’t want to “drown” the area with accelerant, don’t spray too much of it. Too much accelerator can make the surface frosty or white in color.
- Apply the Super Glue: After you’ve sprayed the accelerator, apply your super glue on the other side.
- Press Substrates Together: To make an instant bond, put the accelerator and adhesive on the two surfaces that you want to join. Then, put the two surfaces together and hold them together until the accelerator and adhesive have set.