August 27, 2016

MTSC PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Gator's Grip Acrylic Hobby Glue

Gator's Grip Acrylic Hobby Glue is a home brewed acrylic glue that is non-toxic and water soluble. It has become 'the go to glue' used by modelers worldwide for attaching photo-etched (PE) to plastic. It can also be used to attached PE to resin and plastic to resin. It’s got a surprisingly tenacious bond and is exceptionally resilient to sheering forces. Hit that antenna, and it’ll go sideways, but fixing it is just a matter of tweaking it back to where it was. While sold as a photo etch glue it works on various other medias such as plastic to plastic, plastic to resin and metal to metal with great results. For PE it only takes a small dab applied with a toothpick to quickly grab the part and yet still gave some time to position it that most CA glues do not give. Another nice application is on clear parts as it dries clear and does not craze the parts. Unlike Cyanoacrylate adhesives (CA), you can reposition with Gator, that is... while the glue is still uncured. Once cured, the part is stuck quite well! The glue does begin to cure very quickly, and the warmer the air temperature, the faster the process.

Gator's Grip very closely resembles the look and consistency of standard white glue (PVA), but that's where the similarity ends. There's no need to hold in position, as the glue, just like the motto says, "bites" upon touch, and holds securely. The glue dries transparent, to a smooth, sandable finish. Clean up is a breeze, as it water soluble.

Application is easy, use either a brush or a toothpick, the thinner you apply the glue, the better the instant works equally as well "contact cement" style, coating each part, allowing to cure for a few minutes, then assemble as necessary. 

The newest Gator's Glue is Gator's Grip Thin Blend

Here is how it came to be from Kenny ‘Gator Grip’ Loup himself…
Unlike the original, Thin Blend was a happy accident.  When ordering ingredient to make a batch of original blend, I ordered the wrong ingredient.  I didn't realize this until my order arrived at the house.  Being curious, I decided to make a small batch to see what would  happen.  After I mixed up the ingredients, I noticed that it was thinner.  Okay, that may not be too bad.  Now to give it the Gator Grip test.  I glued a strip of styrene to a 4" x 4" piece of flat styrene and let it dry.  I checked on it every so often and noticed it was drying faster, another plus.  Once dry and set, I gave the piece of styrene strip the flick test. What is the "flick test"?  You know, when you hold the tip of your middle finger with your thumb and flick your wife on the forehead.  Okay, that maybe too much information. But  anyway, when I flicked the piece of styrene, the glue joint held.  Not even a crack.  So, now I have this hybrid Gator's Grip Glue that dries faster, is thinner but holds as strong as the original. I tried it with some photo-etch and realized that this may be the best PE glue yet! Okay, I'm getting carried away, but it is a great blend for PE.

Note: If it has been a while since you used your glue, please take time to stir it up. The ingredients will try to separate over time and stirring it before use will take care of that problem.

So in summary
Gator's Grip Acrylic Hobby Glue offers
- No fumes
- Water based, you can thin it even further by adding water
- Fast drying time, yet long enough to allow for corrections (about 20 sec)
- Dries clear with a subtle satin, almost flat finish 
Strength similar to other glues
- No fogging of clear parts
View listings to purchase HERE

View Gator's Grip Glue in use The Museum Modeler

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