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PVA Glue

July 25, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

PVA (Polyvinyl acetate) glues are what most of us know as good old “white glue”. Common brands would be TiteBond All-Purpose White Glue and Elmers Glue All.

Why you should use it:

  • Dries quickly.
  • Easy water cleanup.
  • Generally food-safe when cured.
  • Inexpensive and economical.

Why you might not want to use it:

  • Requires good clamping pressure.
  • Designed to work on porous materials only.
  • Most are not water poof.
  • Not gap filling.
  • Dries too quickly.
  • Working with non-pourous materials.

What about Titebond II and III?
Titebond II adhesive is a water resistant “cross-linking PVA”. In other words a modified PVA glue that gives better water resistance.
Titebond III adhesive is a waterproof “advanced proprietary polymer”. Sounds like another modified PVA glue, but with even better water-resistance.

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