Gorilla Glue

gorilla-glue-001This is not your ordinary glue. Warning labels on the bottle say to be careful and not to get it on skin or clothes.

According to the information this will glue: stone, metal, ceramics, glass, wood, foam and more.

Probably need to think also about what you use it on as it also states that “will stain skin and ruin clothes”.

How do you try this in a review as according to the label it will glue just about anything. I have heard from someone who has used this to glue a retaining bolt in place on a chainsaw that could not be held with any other glue.

The bottle I bought has a shelf life of less than 1 year when I bought it – is that normal or had the shop had it on the shelf for quite some time?

I’ve been using this glue on and off for around 2 years now and sometimes it is great, other times the foaming and expansion gets to me as it tends to make quite a mess. After a few minutes it foams out of the joint and this can damage the part you are trying to glue.

However, where this does come into it’s own is when you want to just fix something that you have no other way of fixing. As it says on the bottle it will glue: Stone, Metal, Ceramic, Glass, Wood, Foam and lots of other things and any of those materials to any of the other materials. In the world of glue this really is something special.

Glue Metal to Metal

metal-metal-002I took 2 pieces of 3mm thick aluminium approximately 20mm by 40mm and roughened the surface with fine emery.

A small blob of gorilla glue was put onto the central overlap area at one end of the sample.

metal-metal-003The 2 pieces were overlapped and pushed together and help together with metal spring loaded clips.

This was all done at 15°C and left at this temperature for 1.5 hours.


So, what does the joint look like. I placed the part in a vice and then gently tapped the other end with a large hammer, I was expecting a reaction, none, it just flew apart.

OK, it was a large hammer and so quite a large impact.

The joint looked dry and brittle if anything which was surprising.

I will try a different preparation and see what I can achieve.

I’ve just read your review of Gorilla glue. You asked for comments. I’m not a great fan of the stuff as it’s very messy to use, but as you say sometimes it’s useful.

gorilla-glue-002If you don’t mind me saying, your review with the metal plates might be misleading it that you do not seem to be following the usage instructions. You show these in one of the photos of the bottle. It’s a polyurethane glue that requires a certain level of moisture to cure. It might have been useful to mist the areas to be joined with a little water. The glue will then foam a lot more than in your test. Also, you can see that they recommend curing for 24 hours. 1 1/2 hours is a little short in my opinion.

I’ve glued a block of wood to a breeze block wall that needed a lump hammer to subsequently remove, and glued broken bricks together. Messy but a good bond. And yes, it’s really not easy to get off your fingers. Regards, Paul

Price: approx £9.50 for 115ml


This is a special glue that is useful to keep for when nothing else works. The down side is that it has an expiry date and mine had a shelf life of less than 1 year when I bought it.

Glue Wood to Metal

file-handles-009I have used this to glue wooden file handles to the metal file tang and the result is superb.

These homemade file handles work really well and are a great way of adding character to some of your tools.

These handles are not coming off anytime soon as the gorilla glue grips very very tightly, but as they are easy and just my time is required to make then they can stay where they are.

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I've been making models since I was around 7 years old and using a lathe from the age of 11, a self taught engineer with a passion for making model engines.

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