Q Bond is a Cyanoacrylate product that comes with unique hardening powders, enabling the glue to be used as a filler as well as an adhesive. Let’s take a look at this unique product and find out how it works and if it’s worth buying.
If you’ve ever used a CA superglue before, you’ll know in spite of its great adhesive properties, it can’t really be used to fill gaps, or to build up a surface.
Many people know the trick of using a powder like baking soda to build up a surface and using liquid CA to harden it, creating a solid repair.
Q Bond has taken this idea one step further, creating specially formulated powders that work on different surfaces once hardened with Q Bond liquid (CA glue).
The adhesive itself can be used with or without the powder, and has all the versatility and strength you would expect from any CA glue.
Q-Bond Pros and Cons:
- Can be used to fill gaps
- Solidifies in only 10 seconds
- Can be filed or sanded
- Great for auto repairs
- Can cope with extreme heat
- Comes with plastic and metal powders
- Can be used indoors and outdoors
- Strong smell while wet
- Powder can be messy
Q-Bond has all the great features of CA glue, with the additional option to use the included powders to form a strong and solid material.
Bonds in 10 seconds
Q Bond solidifies in a matter of seconds, forming an extremely hard material that can be sanded or filed to the desired shape. (if used with the powder)
Works on almost any material
Q-Bond comes prepackaged with two separate powders included, which help it adhere to almost any material imaginable.
Designed for use on Metallic surfaces
Designed for use on plastic surfaces
In addition to the powders, the liquid by itself has all the adhesive properties of any other Superglue.
Can be used with or without the powder
Q Bond liquid is just like any other CA glue, with all the strength and versatility you would expect.
If you need to adhere two surfaces together, using the liquid with no powder is the way to go.
The powder is used for building up new material and reinforcing existing repairs, such as for filling in gaps or cracks.
Extreme Temperature Resistant
Q-Bond is extremely temperature resistant, even more so than regular CA glue.
According to the manufacturer, Q-Bond can withstand temperatures up to 356 °F (180 °C).
This has helped Q-Bond build a solid following in the auto industry, being used to fix and seal damage in automobile parts.
How to use Q-Bond adhesive and reinforcing powders
How you use Q-Bond depends on whether or not you’re using the liquid on its own, or if you’re also using the reinforcing powder.
1: Prepare the surface for the repair
Make sure the surface is clean and dry. Remove any paint, grease, oil, and dust from the surface as it will prevent the bond from forming with the surface.
If using the powder, roughen the surface a little with sandpaper.
2: First, fix any repair with the liquid on its own
Before using the powder, it’s recommended to fix any repair with the liquid first.
If this is the first time you’re opening the liquid, you will need to puncture the top of the tube with one of the included pins.
Apply a small amount of liquid and hold the repair together for 30 seconds, just like you would with regular superglue. Once the liquid has hardened, you’re ready to use the powder to reinforce the repair.
3: Apply the powder around the repair and saturate it with liquid
After the initial repairs are dry, apply the reinforcing powder around the repair site.
Saturate the powder with the liquid until there is no dry powder visible.
After 10 seconds, the powder and the liquid will have formed a completely solid material, which can be sanded, painted, and finished as desired.
If you are reinforcing a large area, you will need to do this step in layers to ensure there is no powder left dry at the end.
4: Leave the piece to fully cure for 24 hours before use
While the bond will be solid in only 10 seconds, the glue will continue to harden for a period of up to 24 hours, depending on the humidity and temperature of your working environment.
Especially if you’re repairing an auto or something that will take a lot of stress like an office chair or some garden furniture – it’s important to leave the repair to fully cure for 24 hours before you put any stress on the joint.
5: Store the glue in a cool, dry place for future use.
The powder can be stored alongside the glue in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and any moisture sources.
If you run out of liquid (or if it dries up in the bottle!) you can use any other superglue with the Q-Bond liquid and it will work just as well.
What does Q-Bond work on?
Q-Bond works on anything a regular CA glue works on.
The reinforcing powders are not only adhesive, but provide a level of mechanical adhesion too, so it’s more useful for plastic where the glue on its own might not be strong enough.
There are so many unusual and creative repairs people have used this stuff for, I recommend checking out the reviews on Amazon for more inspiration.
Q-Bond works on…
- Bumpers & Grills
- PVC Plastics
- Motorcycle Fairings
- Polystyrene & Styrofoam
- Engine Casings
But it doesn’t work on…
- Polypropylene Plastic / PTFE
- HDPE/LDPE Plastic
What are the ingredients?
Q-Bond is made up of two parts – the liquid and the powder.
The liquid is Cyanoacrylate, the same as any other CA superglue.
Both the black powder and the silver powder are made up of various metal oxides and salts, you can find the full details in the safety data sheets.
Where to buy Q-Bond?
Q-Bond has a huge cult following in the auto industry, so it’s available from most garages, hardware stores and auto parts stores.
If you can’t get there in person, it’s also available on Amazon.
Is Q-Bond Fuel Resistant?
Yes! Q-Bond is resistant to fuels including gasoline and diesel.
Q-Bond Maximum Temperature Resistance:
Q-Bond can withstand temperatures of up to 356 °F (180 °C), making it perfect for use in automobile repairs and in outdoor or indoor repairs.
What color is Q-Bond once dry?
The liquid itself dries clear and colorless, however, if you are using the reinforcing powder, the overall material will take on the color of the powder. (Black or Grey)
Is Q-Bond Waterproof?
Q-Bond forms a water-resistant seal once it’s fully cured. For best results, make sure to use the powder to reinforce the seal.
Does Q-Bond work on Wood?
Absolutely, Q-Bond is perfect for wood and other porous materials. You may not even need to use the reinforcing powder, depending on the shape of the surfaces.
Q-Bond Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)
The Safety Data Sheets for Q-Bond are attached below.