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How to Make Superglue Dry Faster?

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Written by: Jeremy Sanchez


How to Make Superglue Dry Faster?

Are you working on a project and need to make super glue dry faster?

I have several solutions for you:

  1. Clean the parts you want to glue and eliminate any debris and dust;
  2. Work in a hot environment or use a hair dryer to blow hot air on the glue;
  3. Add baking soda to the glue;
  4. Put super glue on one surface and spray isopropyl alcohol on the other surface.

These tricks will speed up the drying process and help you finish the project sooner.

Read below for a step-by-step tutorial on how to make super glue dry faster!

Also, please read my article on how super fast glue can dry for more info.

How to Make Superglue Dry Faster?
  1. Clean the parts before gluing them

In many cases, superglue dries slower if the surfaces aren’t clean.

Dust and debris will slow the drying process, so cleaning your materials before binding them is better.

Follow the steps below to learn how to do this efficiently: 

  1. With a damp cloth, wipe the surfaces of the materials you want to glue;
  2. Leave the materials to dry;
  3. Apply super glue on one surface (one drop per square inch);
  4. Bond the two surfaces tightly without leaving too much space between them;
  5. Clamp the two materials together for 3-5 minutes;
  6. The superglue bond will cure in 24 hours.

You’re already one step ahead if you clean the materials before bonding them and fitting them tightly.

The superglue will dry faster already.

  1. Work in a hot environment

High temperatures help the superglue dry faster.

This works on any glue, not just super glue. Try to bring your materials indoors and glue them there.

You’ll notice that the superglue will dry significantly faster.

A radiator will speed up the process artificially if your home isn’t warm enough.

Alternatively, if you’re working outdoors, the summertime sun should do the trick.

You can also use a hairdryer set on low to blow hot air on the glue.

This will decrease the drying time significantly. But remember to move the hairdryer along the entire glued area.

If you keep it in one place, the glue will overheat and produce the opposite effects.

  1. Use a fan

Just like heat, a good airflow will make the superglue dry faster.

You can use a fan or ventilator to blow air on the glue and decrease the drying time.

This will also help with the toxicity of the super glue. The air will disperse the chemicals hanging around you.

If you don’t have a fan, you can use your mouth to blow some air on the glue.

Even though it’s not as efficient as a fan, it’ll go a long way in making superglue dry faster.

  1. Add baking soda to the superglue

Adding baking soda to the glue will accelerate the drying process.

Follow the steps below to make superglue dry faster with baking soda:

  1. Use a damp cloth to clean the surfaces;
  2. Put super glue on one surface and then add some baking soda to the glued area;
  3. Unite the two surfaces and clamp them together;
  4. Wait for 3-5 minutes before releasing the clamp.

Remember that adding baking soda will make the superglue heat up. It’s better to use protective gloves when doing this.

Alternatively, you can use other glue accelerators that you can get online or from hardware stores.

  1. Spray isopropyl alcohol on the surface

Isopropyl alcohol is a DIY accelerator, just like baking soda.

It can make super glue dry faster if you spray it on the other surface you want to glue.

Follow the steps below:

  • Clean your materials before you glue them;
  • Add super glue to one surface;
  • Spray isopropyl alcohol on the other surface;
  • Clamp the two surfaces together and wait for 3-5 minutes

The superglue should harden in about 10-15 seconds, but it’s better to wait longer to prevent mishaps.

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