We stockpile broken things. Do you do the same?
We’ll let the broken things pile up on the desk or workbench until they are so high they form a visual border wall between one room and another.
It’s only then that we decide to pull the plug on the glue and start checking off “fix broken stuff” line items from the ‘old honey-do list.
So that’s what I’m tackling today. Heather here. But today, you can call me “honey”.
Because I’ll be the one tackling that honey-do list today. And we’ll be doing it with the help of some Clear Gorilla Glue.
But clear glue is just one of LOTS of products Gorilla Glue makes to fix alllll of the things.
We’ve used almost every product they sell at one point or another. Here are a couple of our favorite projects we’ve done using the Gorilla Glue line:
- Easy Snowy Tomato Cage Christmas Tree with Gorilla Glue Spray Adhesive
- DIY Coasters with Pom Poms & Gorilla Super Glue
- DIY Tile Repair with Gorilla Glue Mounting Tape
- Colorful DIY Pom Pom Christmas Tree Decorations
There are a lot of glues out there. So many that it can sometimes be overwhelming trying to figure out the particular glue you should use for a particular job.
We chose clear Gorilla Glue for these repairs because it is described to be non-foaming, non-expanding, and is supposed to dry completely clear. It can be used on multiple surfaces, including wood, stone, metal, ceramic, foam and glass.
To tackle any wood repair project at home, you may want to have the following supplies handy:
- clear Gorilla Glue
- wet rag (used when working with non-porous surfaces)
- clamps (we usethis kind a lot for smaller projects, and this kind a lot for larger projects)
Tackling the Spring Honey-Do List with Clear Gorilla Glue:
As I mentioned at the beginning, I tried this clear Gorilla Glue on three different projects at home to see how it performed.
Clear Gorilla Glue Challenge #1
The first was that little painted antique table in the picture at the top of the post. It had some wood chipping away on the bottom of the tabletop.
This repair required bonding wood to wood. Since wood is a porous surface, I didn’t need to do any special prep of the surfaces before applying the glue.
If you’re working with a non-porous surface(s), you’re supposed to dampen one of the surfaces before applying the glue.
After the glue was applied, I simply clamped the repair with some small clamps (source in the supply list above).
After two hours, the glue is dry. I removed the clamps.
As promised, the clear Gorilla Glue dried completely clear! Sometimes I find that wood glues will turn yellowish when dry.
And some of them bubble up and have a foamy-looking appearance when dry. This didn’t at all with this product!
I will say that I did apply too much glue for this little project, so there was some glue that needed to be removed once the table dried.
It was very easy to get off. I just used a credit card to scrape it a bit, then my fingertips to roll over the area making sure that the surface was completely smooth.
Clear Gorilla Glue Challenge #2
The next project I tackled was repairing a lazy susan in our kitchen.
The carousel has a rubber bumper that attaches to a groove in the particleboard rotating platform. But ours has been falling off for ages.
For this repair, since I was adhering a porous surface (the particle board) to a non-porous surface (the rubber bumper), I dampened one surface (using a wet wad of paper towels) before applying the glue.
After applying the glue all along the edge of the particleboard, and inside the groove in which the rubber bumper is to sit, I used finishing nails to hold the repair in place as the glue dried. Easy breezy.
The glue worked perfectly, and no evidence of it can be seen anywhere it was applied. No more getting hung up on that thing when I’m trying to move the platform around.
Don’t ask me why there isn’t enough of that rubber bumper to make it completely around the lazy susan platform. Drives me nuts, but such is life.
Clear Gorilla Glue Challenge #3
The last item I used the clear Gorilla Glue on was a piece of our kitchen island trim that had fractured off at some point…we have a lot of small people with flailing limbs living here.
And check out the nastiness on that island. Lots of shoe marks and ketchup stains and general muckiness. Ewww. Since this repair was another where I was gluing two porous surfaces together, there was no need to dampen anything.
I simply applied the clear Gorilla Glue to the fractured trim piece and set it in place.
This repair was a bit of a challenge to secure while drying. I ended up wedging a couple 2×4’s between the island and the kitchen wall behind it and placed something heavy on top to lean into the top of the trim piece to make sure the bulk of it was being approximated over the next two hours.
Above is a snapshot of my McGyver-esque drying set-up.
And while that was drying, I decided to repaint the back of that island. I couldn’t NOT do it. It was just too gross.
Luckily, I had painted it with chalk paint initially, so it only took me about 15 minutes to get it cleaned up, and another coat of chalk paint applied. This is why chalk paint is A-MAZING to work with. Super quick and easy.
Here’s how the island looked after the repair + paint job:
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