General Product Information
Water vapor is the catalyst that activates the Krazy Glue bond. Since moisture is present in the air at all times, an open tube of Krazy Glue will "cure" very quickly. To prolong the useful life of your tube, always replace the cap immediately. You may also consider Single-Use Packages containing 0.5 grams of Krazy Glue so you can use each tube once and throw it away.
Though it works with most, Krazy Glue cannot bond all materials. For best results, please do not use on paper, foam, rear view mirrors, polyethylene, Teflon® or other fluorocarbons. Check out our different formulas to find the glue that is best for the materials you are bonding.
The traditional white glue you used in elementary school works by filling in the microscopic pores on surfaces and forming a latex bond.
The chemical name for Krazy Glue is ethyl cyanoacrylate - a non-toxic, colorless, extremely fast-acting, strong adhesive. In its pure form, once bonded, it can provide over 1000 pounds per square inch of bonding strength.
Krazy Glue requires a "trigger" to activate its adhesive properties. Fortunately, that catalyst is common water, naturally present on almost any surface on earth and in the atmosphere as water vapor. That is why it is important to always keep the glue container sealed tightly when it is not being used and stored in a cool, dry place.
During the Vietnam War, cyanoacrylate was proven valuable to military surgeons. Under battlefield conditions, they used it to stop bleeding and even close wounds. Today cyanoacrylate is used in specific formulas developed for medical use.
Note: Krazy Glue products should not be used for wound care.