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#1 riley71198 Jun 29, 2012 09:17 PM

best CA Glue?
 
I'm tired of my CA glue bottles always having crappy tops that never seal up the bottle and are always hard to get off. I buy mine at the local hobby shop, but I'm wondering what others are using that don't have this problem. Any of them that screw down and are easy to keep sealed?

I always see ads in the magazines for certain 'manufacturers', and some say they have propriety CA glue.

Anyone have a favorite that they order?

#2 DGrant Jun 30, 2012 12:10 AM

I prefer "Bob Smith Industries" CA's. They're available here in Cali at alot of hobby-shops with the hobby-shop name label on them. Several sizes, and types. As for tips.. they sell extras too.. the caps on this brand of CA seems to actually "snap" shut. As with most glues too, wipe that tip when you're done with a segment, that goes a long ways to keeping the bottle-tip easy to use.

Being a California company I'm not sure if its available in other area hobby-shops.. but a Google search would probably give some info..and I have seen the company advertised in national magazines for mail-order.. This glue seems to rival every other CA brand I've tried.. and I'm sure they're making glue and other companys are simply putting thier name to it.. but I've tried Zap(Pacer product), Jet(goldberg product), Sig, GreatPlanes, and several others over the years.. I do usually buy a new bottle cap with every bottle.. it doesn't hurt..and they're very cheap. ... good luck. :)

#3 JohnathanSwift Jun 30, 2012 12:20 PM

I buy Smith's 8 ounce bottles and use diabetic syringes to draw it out and apply it: drug stores sell 10 packs of the syringes for about $2.00, no script needed.

#4 WAGliderGuy Jun 30, 2012 12:49 PM

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Originally Posted by DGrant (Post 22035640)
I prefer "Bob Smith Industries" CA's. They're available here in Cali at alot of hobby-shops with the hobby-shop name label on them. Several sizes, and types. As for tips.. they sell extras too.. the caps on this brand of CA seems to actually "snap" shut. As with most glues too, wipe that tip when you're done with a segment, that goes a long ways to keeping the bottle-tip easy to use.

Being a California company I'm not sure if its available in other area hobby-shops.. but a Google search would probably give some info..and I have seen the company advertised in national magazines for mail-order.. This glue seems to rival every other CA brand I've tried.. and I'm sure they're making glue and other companys are simply putting thier name to it.. but I've tried Zap(Pacer product), Jet(goldberg product), Sig, GreatPlanes, and several others over the years.. I do usually buy a new bottle cap with every bottle.. it doesn't hurt..and they're very cheap. ... good luck. :)

Agreed. Also, I have found Bob Smith CA in about every hobby store I have visited around the country - even Hobbyking sells their CA I believe.

#5 JohnsPop Jul 01, 2012 11:55 PM

I buy the HobbyKing brand CA and really like it. The bottle have the screw on top with the pin down the middle similar to Mercury adhesives that keeps the nozzle open. I saw my old bottles and nozzles and keep clean nozzles handy..... when they get junk all over them on the outside, I just throw the nozzle and cap in a jar of acetone I keep on the bench and put on a clean nozzle.

I've also seen some folks use those tiny little push on applicator tips and they say to just leave them open and they don't clog. On the off chance they do, they just snip off about a 32nd... I haven't tried that, but it's worth a shot I guess. :)

#6 Curare Jul 02, 2012 12:05 AM

I have a sneaking suspicion that the hobbyking CA is in fact BSI CA. The labels look very similar...

#7 JohnsPop Jul 02, 2012 12:10 AM

I think you're talking about a different one they sell and you're probably right. The only label on the one I buy is a barcode with item number: http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...Medium_b_.html

#8 planeman Jul 02, 2012 12:23 AM

I've written this here before and here it is again. There is an EASY cure for hardened CA glue bottles and small applicator tips.

1. Moisture is the catalyst that sets off the CA hardening. Simply put your open CA bottles in an empty and clean jelly jar. Also put into that jelly jar some silica gel (the little packets that come in various food and other packages to keep things crisp) and then close the jar. The silica gel absorbs the moisture in the air inside the jar. I have CA bottles sitting on my workbench that have lasted for years by doing this! Also, you can by silica gel packets online. Just search "silica gel". Its dirt cheap.

2. For a great applicator tip to use on CA bottles with thin CA, get a couple of hypodermic syringe needles from you doctor. The needles pop off the syringe and the needle base fits the top of a CA bottle perfectly. Cut the sharp end off with a Dremel abrasive wheel though. The needle tip will clog after it sits for a while. No problem. Just hold the needle tip above the flame from a butane cigarette lighter for a second and the needle tip opens right up!

Planeman

#9 Curare Jul 02, 2012 12:28 AM

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Originally Posted by JohnsPop (Post 22051099)
I think you're talking about a different one they sell and you're probably right. The only label on the one I buy is a barcode with item number: http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...Medium_b_.html

I was referring to this one.

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...oam_Safe_.html

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...og/BSI-123.jpg

now doesn't it look like this?

http://www.bsi-inc.com/Pages/hobby/images/supergold.jpg

#10 Art Schmitz Jul 02, 2012 12:45 AM

I've had good results with the 'MERCURY' brand. They have a money back guarantee.

#11 Curare Jul 02, 2012 01:09 AM

I've used the mercury foam safe stuff. I'd struggle to tell it apart from ZAP odorless though.

These days I just use ZAP because it's readily available. I buy little ones often.

#12 rcav8r2 Jul 02, 2012 10:18 AM

My $0.02. ZAP seems to perform the best for me. Cures properly and lasts forever. Bob Smith is a close 2nd, and is what I go for when I can't get Zap. I tried Mercury, and it is OK. The pin in the cap is a neat idea on paper, but in practice, it has failed on me with the 3 bottles I have tried. The glue is on par with the Bob Smith stuff, but not as good as Zap.

I stay away from Great Pains & Hobbico glue, and will get nothing if they are the only choices. They must get stuff that is rejected by everyone else, then let it sit in a warehouse for a year or two.....

As planeman does in post #8, I've been storing my CA in a sealed tub of silica gell for years now. Before doing this my Zap would almost never cure in the bottle or clog, but other brands did.. Now NONE of my CA does.... (hint: works well for Gorilla glue too)

#13 Woodstock 1 Jul 02, 2012 10:25 AM

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Originally Posted by Curare (Post 22051186)

Particularly when the HobbyKing bottles have: "Distributed by BSI Atascadero CA" on the back...

And not only the gold ca is BSI, so is the pink and thin blue rubber strengthened ones. I am very happy with them.

#14 fix-n-fly Jul 02, 2012 05:26 PM

I've used Bob Smith CA before and was not happy when I brought it home from the hobby shop and couldn't get it to glue two pieces of balsa together. This was a brand new bottle I bought from a hobbyshop with the hobbyshop's name imprinted on the bottle. I prefer Carl Goldberg Super Jet if available or Zapp in the green or red bottle. Super Jet can be used for lite ply, balsa, or most anything. I even used it to re-attach my inside rear view mirror to the windshield and it held for a year and a half.

#15 dhmclean Jul 02, 2012 05:29 PM

One of the guys from my LHS gave me a great tip about CA recently. Don't put the cap on. Ever. When you are done for the day just leave it upright. If it gets clogged use a matching diameter of music wire to clear the nozzle. I have tried it, and it is awesome. I have used up about 4 each of thick and thin and only used the music wire once or twice. Usually I can use the whole bottle without clogging. It seamed strange at first not to cap the bottles, but it works great! I throw the cap out with the packaging now.


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