A tool-free glue that’s fast and dependable
Years ago, FastCap introduced a revolutionary fast-acting glue that sets in about 10-15 sec. and is virtually unbreakable. Most of you are probably already familiar with 2p-10. In case you’re not… (Stay tuned for a brief overview of the NEW 2P-10 at the end of this article!)
I cut miters on the ends of several pieces of baseboard about 4 in. long and no one’s been able to break one yet, at least not without stomping them on the floor.
|Fastcap’s 2P-10 is a two-part adhesive that’s really easy to use.|
|The adhesive comes in a squeeze bottle and the activator is in an aerosal can (it’s available in a squeeze bottle, too). Glued miter returns are done in about 15 seconds with no visible glue line.|
2P-10 comes in a medium viscosity for melamine and smooth surfaces, or thick for raw wood-to-wood. There’s also a gel for heavier applications.
|But be very careful about what you glue with this stuff—AND WATCH YOUR FINGERS! Do not get this glue on your pencil and then put the pencil behind your ear. There is a slight learning curve when using this glue, and if you aren’t careful you can become part of your work. A debonder is available and probably a good investment.|
2P-10 is a CA type adhesive, but has acidic stabilizers added to compensate for the highly acidic nature of wood. Those stabilizers are not typically found in CA glues.
|And as for the typical type of white residue left behind by other CA adhesives, I’ve seen no evidence of it with 2P-10. I’ve used this stuff on MDF and various woods.|
I’ve noticed no outgassing, and though the product seems a little pricey, I’m able to use the same 8-oz. bottle for months and it’ll still be half full. What I’ve saved in time far outweighs the cost of the glue.
In fact, I haven’t touched a miter clamp since I started using this glue. I apply the glue to one side of the joint and spray the activator directly onto the glue. At first I sprayed the activator on the opposing piece as per the manufacturer’s instructions, but I found applying the activator to the glue REALLY sped things up. (Yes, I’m obsessive about time….) I’ve been able to narrow down the open time to about 5-8 sec.
I do mostly stain-grade work and this glue has been remarkable for every application. It even works when immediately applied to joints that have just been stained. At my miter table I keep a stain pot and brush so as soon as I make a cut I stain it with the brush, wipe off the stain with a rag and immediately glue the joint. I haven’t experienced any joint failure, ever. But part of the learning curve is getting the parts aligned quickly and holding them together tightly, while simultaneously “rolling” your fingers a little to prevent accidental flesh-to-wood adhesion. And in my work there’s plenty of opportunity for that—especially when I’m gluing up 22 1/2-degree wall returns, which I’m able to nip in only 15 seconds.
The glue completely cures in 30 seconds when you apply the activator. If you need a little more open time, don’t use the activator. As for shelf life, I’ve had the product for about 3 months, and it’s stored in my trailer (which reaches about 120-130 degrees during the day!). I’ve seen no change in the glue. The manufacturer claims that 2P-10 has been tested in a 5-year environmental chamber with extreme temperatures, hot and cold, with no adverse effects.
You can get the glue from most hardware stores, and you can purchase the Adhesive Kit from Amazon for about $33.00. You should order the 10-oz. bottle of 2P-10 and a 12-oz. bottle of Activator, or you can purchase a SoloKIT which contains a can of Activator and a 2-oz. bottle of glue if you want to give it a try first. But take my word for it, this is the good stuff, guys! No more clamps, pin nailing, glue squeeze out or mess.
(This article originally appeared on GaryMKatz.com)
FastCap has recently improved 2P-10, and THAT is news!
|Paul Akers has added a new 2P-10 formula called 2P-10 Rubber Toughened (notice the RT on the bottle of Jel!).|
The new RT glue is 20% stronger and far more elastic, so the glue joints won’t be quite so crystalline and will absorb shock much better.
|And don’t miss the new 2P-10 Glue Caddy. It holds a bottle of glue and a can of activator.|
The Glue Caddy may seem like a funny accessory, but it works!
|The Glue Caddy not only holds your glue inverted, so you don’t have to shake the bottle, but there’s a stopper in the base of the Caddy, so the tip is never clogged.|