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 adhesion...it 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