Ask the Elmer’s Glue Experts: Van & Yogi

 

 
 
 
How durable is Elmer's ProBond Advanced?

ProBond Advanced delivers a heavy-duty strength and durability like a polyurethane glue without the foam residue that can ruin your project's finished appearance and quality. It is 100% weatherproof and backed by a performance guarantee from the glue brand that DIY enthusiasts have trusted for generations.

It's strong enough for tough outdoor weather conditions!

How long does a project need to be clamped for maximum bond?

While clamping is recommended when using most DIY adhesives, ProBond Advanced eliminates the need to monitor or "babysit" your project by giving you control of where the glue goes and where it stays when drying.

Unlike polyurethane glues that can foam more than 200 percent during the drying process, ProBond Advanced has zero foam expansion. So, you won't have to check the bond throughout the drying process as you would normally when using a polyurethane glue. Once the glue has been applied, you can clamp and walk away.

You should clamp your project for two hours or longer. For maximum hold, we recommend allowing the project to cure for 24 hours before handling

Does the application method vary with the materials used?

ProBond Advanced was designed specifically for bonding porous surfaces, such as wood, concrete and drywall, to non-porous surfaces, such as metal, glass and ceramic. Porous surfaces will absorb some of the glue during the application.

For best results, apply ProBond Advanced to both the porous and non-porous surface. Once you've clamped the two materials, wipe away any excess wet glue with a wet cloth and move onto your other weekend projects while the glue dries. We recommend clamping for two hours or longer, and for maximum hold, allow the bond to cure for 24 hours before handling.

If I am bonding metal to wood, on which surface should I apply the adhesive?

Able to work on almost any substrate, ProBond Advanced delivers a heavy-duty bond between porous (wood, concrete, drywall) and non-porous (metal, glass, ceramic) surfaces. So, a metal to wood application is an ideal use for ProBond Advanced.

Porous surfaces, such as the wood being used in your project, will absorb a small bit of the glue. Therefore, we recommend applying ProBond Advanced to both the wood and metal, and clamping for two hours. For maximum bond, you should allow your project to cure for 24 hours before handling.

I've noticed that recycled glass bottles are being used as lamp shades in lighting projects. How can I use Elmer's ProBond Advanced to complete a project like this?

For a glass bottle lighting project, ProBond Advanced would work very well in adhering the bottles to a porous surface such as wood. However, please remember that ProBond Advanced is not heat-resistant, so we don't recommend applying the glue to the actual light fixture or any place where it would be in direct contact with a heat source.

ProBond Advanced was designed to bond mixed materials without the foam residue you get working with a polyurethane, making it an ideal adhesive for your upcycling projects. The nontoxic formula also makes it possible to work on projects safely whether you're indoors or outdoors.

How long should the adhesive dry before being exposed to outdoor elements?

Outdoor projects require a bond that is strong enough to withstand the elements. ProBond Advanced delivers heavy-duty strength and a 100% weatherproof bond you can trust for both your indoor or outdoor home projects, without any of the foam residue from a polyurethane glue.

We recommend allowing the bond to dry on your outdoor projects for 24 hours or longer. For semi-porous or non-porous substrates, it may require several days for full strength.

How much adhesive should be used per application?

Porous surfaces, like wood, concrete and drywall, absorb some of the glue, while non-porous surfaces, such as glass or metal will not absorb the glue. We recommend applying the glue liberally to both surfaces.

The amount of glue should be enough to have squeezed out from the bond line when you press the two surfaces together. Once the project is clamped, clean up with a wet cloth is easy to wipe off any excess glue around the bond line. Leave your project clamped for two hours, and for maximum strength allow the project to cure for 24 hours before handling.

Is special preparation required before painting the bond?

ProBond Advanced dries translucent, won't stain hands, and is washable when wet, making clean-up easy.

We recommend clamping your project for two hours. Excess glue from around the bond line should be removed with a damp cloth. For maximum hold, allow the glue to cure for 24 hours before handling your project. Once the glue is dry, it can be painted to match any color, without additional preparation.

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