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How to Choose the Right Wood Glue

23. July 2018 12:20

Finding reliable wood glue for your next project can seem like a pretty straight forward choice. You have a wood project, you need wood glue. Can it get more complicated than that?

The sticky reality is that there are many varieties of wood glue to choose from and the right one for your project depends on the specific type of intended application and uses.

Do you need wood-to-wood assembly, wood-to-HPL assembly, or wood-to-Veneer assembly? What if you need it for panel manufacturing, which is best a hot or cold press? Will it dry yellow or clear? Maybe you’re tackling a fine woodworking project which extends the gamut of considerations to furniture, cutting boards, interior and exterior applications to name a few.

Well there’s a right choice for each one! Below is a list of four popular variants of wood glue that each offer specific benefits depending on your application needs.

Wilsonart® White Glue (WA 10) is a fast-setting, PVA adhesive when faster machine times are required.

  • Benefits Strong Bond, Sands like Real Wood When Dry, UV dye for Finishing Ease, GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified
  • Best for Assembly, Panel Manufacturing and Wood-to-Wood Applications
  • Dries Clear When Dry

Wilsonart® Wood Glue (WA 30) is a high-strength, fast-setting, yellow PVA adhesive ideal for woodworking.

  • Benefits Strong Bond, Sands like Real Wood When Dry, UV dye for Finishing Ease, GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified
  • Best for Assembly, Cold and Hot Press, and Wood-to-Wood Applications
  • Dries Yellow When Dry

Wilsonart® Type II Glue (WA Type II) is a one part, fast-setting, PVA adhesive for when water-resistance is required.

  • Benefits Water-resistant, GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified
  • Best for Assembly, Cold and Hot Press, and Wood-to-Wood Applications
  • Dries Clear When Dry

Wilsonart® Melamine Glue (WA M) is an acrylic-based adhesive to bond non-porous materials to wood and composite surfaces.

  • Benefits Strong Bond, Specifically for Prefinished Surfaces (lacquered, painted, UV-coated), Very Low Odor
  • Best for Assembly
  • Dries Clear When Dry

Still not sure if you know which wood glue is the right one for you? Wilsonart also has a handy online Adhesives Selection Tool to help narrow down your choices. Check it out!

Have more questions about the different types of wood glues on the market and which one is the best choice for your next project? Join us at the “Techniques and Time-Savers for Engineered Surfacing Products” on Tuesday, August 21st.

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