An Introduction To Starbond Products
Woodworking is a wonderful hobby for people who love to experiment and tinker - there are so many different products and tools available, and each of them can help you with a different project.
Starbond is an incredibly popular brand of CA glue with woodworkers, and they use it in several ways. We have a variety of Starbond Premium Super Glue products in stock at any time, so you’ll always find the right glue for your project on our site.
We might be getting a bit ahead of ourselves, though. Let’s take a look at what CA glue is, how it can be used in woodworking, why we like Starbond so much, and which Starbond products might be right for your project.
What is CA glue?CA glue is sometimes called Cyanoacrylate glue, but most of you will know it as super glue. One of the biggest advantages of CA is its versatility - it can be used to bond wood, fibreglass, metal, and much more.
Compared to your average supermarket super glue, Starbond’s CA glue stands out for a couple of reasons:
- They have a wide variety of different viscosities (which we’ll explore in a later section).
- They’re produced every month, which means higher quality - old CA glues lose some measure of efficiency.
Now that we know what CA glue is, we can take a look at how it’s used in woodworking.
How can I use Starbond in woodworking?Starbond has a variety of different products, and each of them can be used for different woodworking tasks. One thing we must caution against, however, is using CA glues for bonding critical joints. When bonding wood, CA glue is weak-to-mild, and shear stress on critical joints can cause the adhesive to fail.
So what should you use Starbond for? Lots of things! You can use it to quickly repair small cracks or to reapply bark edges. You can use it to fill in voids and knots. You can even use it as a finish - it works particularly well as a lathe-applied finish.
The biggest advantage of Starbond? It works very quickly. Traditionally, PVA glues and epoxies are used for most of these tasks, but they take a lot longer to cure. The fast-acting nature of Starbond means that you need to be precise, and work quickly yourself - but the advantage is that you’ll be able to complete your projects and repairs in record time.
Which Starbond product should I choose?
The product you’ll choose will, of course, vary depending on your needs! The Super Fast Thin Glue, for example, works great as a finish or for bonding hairline cracks.
For filling in knots and voids, as well as bonding larger cracks, the Medium Thick Black and Brown glues are a great choice - and the option between the two colours gives you aesthetic flexibility.
For large voids and gaps, go with the Thick CA - it’s called the gap filler for a reason.
You can also get your hands on a wide variety of accessories for your Starbond glue. The Accelerator speeds up the bonding time, so the glue cures fully in seconds - while Starbond glue only takes seconds to work, the thicker glues can take some time (without the accelerator) to reach maximum strength.
There are also micro tips to make applying Starbond products easier - perfect for when you’re dealing with hairline fractures and hard to reach areas. Finally, there’s the Debonder, for when you’ve made a mistake. For those prone to glueing their fingers together, the Debonder is a must.
As you can probably tell, we love Starbond products - that’s why we have so many different kinds in stock! Take a look at what we have to offer, and if you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
Want to learn even more about CA Glue?
Watch Vic Tesolin chat about the top 3 ways to use CA Glue.