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First Look Review
Gator's Grip Hobby Glue
Gator's Grip - Transparent Acrylic Polymer Adhesive
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by: Mark R. Smith [ GUNNY ]

Originally published on:
Model Shipwrights

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This "first look" style review is of crew mate Kenny "Gator" Loup's latest offering, introducing "Gator's Grip Hobby Glue", acrylic polymer adhesive.

I've had the ultimate pleasure of being on the ground floor testing of this new adhesive, and I have put the glue to test in many different applications...brass to brass, plastic to brass, stainless steel to plastic, stainless steel to brass, and even plastic to plastic!

The glue itself very closely resembles the look and consistency of standard white glue, but that's where the similarity ends...yes, you can use white glue for PE attachment to your models, but you have the problem of supporting odd pieces until tack action begins to take place. With this new glue, there's no need, as the glue, just like the motto says, "bites" upon touch, and holds securely. The glue dries transparent, to a smooth, sandable finish.

Unlike Cyanoacrylate adhesives, you do have the capability to reposition with Gator Glue, that is while the glue is still uncured. Once cured, your part is stuck, and stuck quite well! I'm not quite sure of exactly how long the recommended cure time is, but the glue does begin to cure very quickly, and the warmer the air temperature, the faster the process goes...I let the stuff dry overnight before, as I usually would do the same with any other adhesive that I would be using at any time.

Application is easy, I used either an artists paint brush or a toothpick, and found that the thinner that you do apply the glue, the better the instant adhesion...it works equally as well "contact cement" style, coating each part, allowing to cure for a few minutes, then assemble as necessary. Clean up is a breeze, as it is acrylic based glue, until final curing. The glue removes quite well from carpeting, as I did an experiment by spilling some on a carpet swatch, letting it sink in a bit (you know, to make it seem like you are running about the house, looking for something to wipe up the spill!) and then washed the glue up with a bit of warm water and dish soap...after the carpet dried, you couldn't tell that a spill had occurred...try that with Cy!

Just as an experiment, I took a small section of 1/700 scale PE ship railing, standard mount, nothing fancy...I attached this railing to a flat piece of evergreen with some Gator Glue, and let the glue cure over-night (after pulling the railing up and repositioning, just to make the test even more difficult). The next day, I performed a few basic stress tests on the joint, first, took a small alligator (no pun intended) clamp attached to a line, clamped it in the center of the railing, placed the assembly flat on the floor, and did a straight up pull test...lifted the piece 50 times, with no give in the joint.

Next test, a bit more radical...I wanted to test the flexibility of the joint, especially at the point of attachment. So, I placed a small ruler parallel to the glued-on PE railing , and proceeded to fold the railing down flat against the evergreen, so that the ruler was laying flat on top of the entire assembly, thus placing the maximum amount of flex that might be expected in a situation.

I removed the ruler, expecting to see that the PE had broken free of the evergreen, but the PE sprung back up to its original position! So, I tried it again...and again...still, no separation at the glue joint....fantastic flexibility and adhesion!

I made several test assembly pieces up, and using both acrylic paints, as well as solvent based paints of many different manufacturers, and the glue joints passed each test 100%. There were no signs of weakening or degradation of the glue joint at all.

I personally don't think that I'll ever use Cy as my main PE adhesive again, and I can't wait to use the glue on a complete PE dress out on my next ship subject. The glue is offered in 1.5 fluid ounce bottles, sent straight from the swamps of Louisiana, at a small price of $5.00 USD $1.50 shipping, and one bottle should last a long time, mates! Visit Gators website to place an order (and check out the other fine products available from Gators Paint Mask).
Highs: Great adhesion properties, great durability, holding power, and a soap and water clean up!
Lows: The only low of this product is that it will freeze (being an acrylic base) and seperate...just keep it in a warm place!
Verdict: Overall, I think that this new adhesive gives the modeler a new choice, and although not an "instant" adhesive as Cy is, it still has instant adhesive qualities...Highly recommended from this modelers point of view!
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  Scale: Other
  Suggested Retail: $5.00 USD
  Related Link: Official Company Website
  PUBLISHED: Jul 27, 2007
  NATIONALITY: United States

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About Mark R. Smith (Gunny)

I have been building models of all sorts all of my life, concentrating mainly on the coolest one's when I was younger, but now I focus directly on all military subjects, from armor to warships. After years of counting rivets, I put away the calipers, dial indicators, and micrometers and now just ha...

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hello Kenny, Mary emailed or p.m. you about her review.we did not know if you got it.if so we hopr you liked it. Bruce
OCT 09, 2007 - 10:14 AM
It was great Bruce! Here's the review if you guys are interested. Review Gator
OCT 09, 2007 - 10:56 AM
Actually, Gator Glue has been around for years, as a stronger alternative to Elmer's White Glue for woodworking and other applications....it is a relatively recent discovery for modellers, however. My dad used to use it a lot for household stuff.
OCT 14, 2007 - 02:16 AM
Sorry Rory, Gator Glue is my own special mix. New to the market this year. It has never been bottled before. Gator
OCT 14, 2007 - 05:01 AM
Howdy Kenny, If no one minds, I am MOST happy to chime in here I am one of the many happy recipients of Gator Glue and can report that it not only lives up to it's growing reputation as an adhesive, but has also proved itself as a fantastic addition and ingredient in a forth coming product line I have been working on and assembling at this time. Our good Kenny Loup has always been a forward thinker, and is firmly entrenched in efforts that push the envelope. For this he gets a big 'thumbs-up' smiley from me, and I would plug that smiley in if I could, but, unfortunately we still have the same Kinderschool group of smileys here on site that we've always had.........sorry Jim Tread.
NOV 10, 2007 - 04:05 PM
After reading the reviews I ordered a bottle on Friday. It'll be nice not having to pull tiny pieces of flesh off after supergluing parts to myself. I do have a question about shelf life though. I've noticed with CA that it will go bad in a few months after opening the bottle. The same is true with Gorilla Glue, which I believe is what Rory was thinking about. How about Gator Glue? Once the bottle has been opened is there a time limit on how long it will remain useable?
NOV 11, 2007 - 04:35 AM
Excellent question Cary. To create Gator Glue, I went to the paint industry for my components, since that's what I know. If you make sure you put the lid on when your finished, I dare say it will last at least a couple of years in the bottle. And, since it is water based, if you see it start to thicken up, just add a little water and thin it back out. Gator
NOV 11, 2007 - 05:49 AM
Well, this sounds so good I also has to try it. Ordered two bottles just to be sure I am getting more and more tempted to try building a warship and I do not want to make radars and railings with the glue I use today. Under all circumstances it will come in handy for tool claps on tanks and sights on aircraft.
APR 17, 2008 - 11:52 PM
Ahoy Gator! Where the Fr*&%$#@-ing h$%^**$#@! have I been? I hadn't heard about your glue, just ordered a bottle! I am looking forward to playing with this stuff!
APR 18, 2008 - 10:05 PM

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