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Q: How often - when using superglue - do you end up with it on your fingers?

Always  
40%

 
 

Occasion  
27%

 
 

Sometimes  
18%

 
 

Rarely  
10%

 
 

Never  
1%

 
 

Gloves  
4%

 
 

(260 votes)


i12fly09/09/2019 16:46:24
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My bad experience was due to a poorly fitting capillary tube into the top of a large bottle of CA. I made the balsa joint OK but after, when I turned the bottle the right way up, escaped CA ran down the side of the bottle and glued 2 fingers and thumb to the bottle. Quite difficult to remove as I couldn't turn my hand over or the bottle would have emptied, I hadn't got any de-bonder or acetone either.....

I kept me quiet with a sharp knife for about an hour

Foxfan09/09/2019 17:11:27
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Could you not just twist your fingers a little? CA has no strength in torsion, whatever, just tension and then it's good enough to repair a Hoover belt! My Unimat lathe drive belt was repaired in 3 places as I was too tight to buy a new one and it ran perfectly!

Martin

i12fly09/09/2019 22:29:23
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Hmm.... Didn't realise torsion would help release. It would have helped release the thumb but the 2 fingers were stuck together as well as to the bottle so difficult to move. Did manage to get free without any blood spilt but I had a few sore patches.....

Fortunately it was my right hand and I'm left handed, otherwise it would have been more difficult wielding the knife.

I'm more careful now if I need to use CA, preferring Aliphatic where possible

Martin Harris09/09/2019 22:50:17
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Too late now but warm soapy water will soften the bond within a few minutes. A bit awkward keeping it away from the bottle in this case but it's a bit less dramatic than hacking your fingers apart with a scalpel...

i12fly09/09/2019 23:16:57
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It's quite surprising how thick skin is on your finger tips if you've got very dry skin like me!

It was all a few years ago and I now have a bottle of de-bonder, I've never had to use it (yet) and to be frank I'm not sure where it is and if I could find it now dont know

Chris Armstrong11/09/2019 20:55:46
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I'm getting better at this. I think I'm a bit more patient these days.

Andrew Jones 1227/03/2020 18:17:08
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Posted by Foxfan on 26/08/2019 14:33:05:

Our water heater system is rarely that hot, Chris and actually, since I do the washing up mainly, I find that water is ideal and by the time I've done the washing up with a scourer pad the glue has gone.

Martin

agree with you

john davidson 127/03/2020 19:37:40
67 forum posts

My worst experience was unknowingly getting ca on the heel of my left hand and then using kicker . The ca started boiling and there was nothing I could do about it, Very hot for a few seconds until the glue set but no pemanent burn

robert chamberlain14/08/2020 01:15:51
160 forum posts

I have gotten into the habit of using those thin exam gloves. They do tear easily and the glue sticks easily so it is a one shot deal. But then I don't use epoxy all that often. Same problem with CA. Bob C

Andy Stephenson14/08/2020 11:18:40
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I want to know why using acetone to loosen and remove CA is such a bad idea as was mentioned in an earlier post. After all it is the principal ingredient in nail polish remover and according to the MSDS I read it has no known health hazards.

Andy.

Graham Davies 314/08/2020 11:44:40
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I remember years ago discovering that there was small amount of uncured CA on my fingers. How? I had taken a 'comfort break' from the building board... I felt the moment of 'tack' and fortunately managed to free myself. Otherwise it would have been a very embarrassing trip to A&E looking like a life-sized adult-themed Toby Jug...

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