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Gorilla Glue Beats Super Glue

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Let me share with you about Gorilla Glue and then I will share my experience with you, with photos. How does it compare to super glue?

I am sure you will find it very interesting. If you have never tried it you will want to and then you will never be without it!


Live and Learn. Gorilla Glue wins over Super Glue - Hands down

A few months back my son was doing some projects for me and he needed a good glue. Well, I immediately thought of super glue, what is stronger than super glue? It is always a waste though isn’t it if you only need a little for you may as well throw away any left over, it never keeps. I have tried many ways to seal it and still it dries up and is such a waste in a world where we try to fight against that!

It will not come out of the same hole either and there is a serious risk of shooting your eye full of it trying to make a new one! Sometimes I find too that even though my fingers may be bonded forever, my intended object is not. It is all I know though and so I offer to go for a large supply.

My son instead mentions a glue called Gorilla Glue. I laugh, but I am interested. Gorilla…wow…has to be strong, huh? Stronger than super glue, OK, I have to see it for sure.

Now the sad part is; although I pick up this interesting glue and see that “wow” it looks like golden liquid and I see the little gorilla on the bottle and pay a moderate price considering how little you get in the super glue containers…but I forget all about the project and it is over and he is gone and where did he use it and how did it work?

OK, no big deal. I have shoes that need the soles glued on the back and that will tell me for sure.

I have already put super glue on an older pair and they really didn’t stick back too good, maybe not enough glue but still it will be nice to try something new.

I have this habit of leaving my walking shoes tied and slip them off with the other shoe on the heel.

Apparently, the strain of pulling a tied shoe off repeatedly (that stays tied) can pull at the seams a little bit for this has happened to a few pairs of really good shoes; or so that is the case with many of mine, Nike or otherwise.

Commonly Used to Repair Wooden Furniture - Uses Never-ending!

Gorilla Glue is a polyurethane adhesive to stick to practically every kind of surface. It expands as it sets which makes it just what the doctor ordered for repairing absorbent surfaces as well as smooth.

Gorilla Tape Tale

On a fishing trip in Canada, the canoe from our outfitter leaked from both ends, so badly we had to stop several times an hour to drain the boat. Our equipment got soaked. We pulled out our Gorilla Tape Camo and decided to try it. One long strip down the seam inside, and a couple strips on the seams at each end, and the canoe no longer leaked. Our gear stayed dry the rest of the week.

When we were looking over the canoe to apply the tape, there were actually several holes. Rental canoes sure get abused! We left the tape on for the next person, so they could have a dry boat. Gorilla Tape Camo gets a place in my travel kit from now on! - Tim

My Glue Job ... and Hard as a Rock!

This can be cut off fairly well with a razor or sharp knife to look presentable.

This can be cut off fairly well with a razor or sharp knife to look presentable.

What is is and how is it used?

Gorilla Glue is a polyurethane product used in so many ways. Over three-fourths of the use is in the form of a foam. Foam is extensively used in flexible foam seating, upholstered furniture cushions, carpet cushion, mattress padding, stiff foam insulation panels, micro-pore foam seals and gaskets, strong elastomeric tires and wheels, automotive seat cushion suspension bushings, electrical catching compounds, carpet adhesive, and solid plastic parts. The foam is typically behind other materials: flexible foams are behind upholstery fabrics in furniture; firm foams are inside the metal and plastic walls of most freezers and refrigerators, behind paper, metals and other external materials. Use for this product in garments is growing: such as inlining the cups of bras! Polyurethane is used too for moldings including door frames, columns, balusters, window headers, and such.

Monkey Grease or Gorilla Glue?


A Polyurethane Adhesive For Smooth and Absorbent Surfaces.

Polyurethanes are also used in making solid tires; forklift drive and load wheels, grocery carts and roller coaster wheels, small equipment tires. Only with the introduction of tough, abrasion-resistant polyurethane parts did modern rollerblading and skateboarding became economical. Polyurethane is used in the lawn and garden industry for wheelbarrows, hand trucks, lawn mowers, carts and such. Providing the bounce and feel of an air-filled tire polyurethane adds the benefit of no flats tires.

Wow, huh? Weighing about the same as air-filled tires even though they are solid polyurethane clear through! How about the car steering wheel plus other interior and exterior automotive parts, including bumpers and fenders. This product is all around us!

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Gorilla Glue has Super Glue, Wood Glue, Epoxy, Clear Repair, and various tapes.

Gorilla Glue

A Little Dab Will Do You

There are the many kinds of Gorilla Glue but I imagine this would be the only type I would use (but who knows?) and I certainly do know now this glue goes a long way. I paid around 5 or 6 dollars for it (same as the bottle pictured above) and it is like having 50 bottles of Super Glue...well the original Super Glue. (Since Gorilla has a Super Glue too.)

I suggest you read all the directions before using any product as I did not in this case. Yes, it is thicker than super glue so I don’t think about expansion. Well we just don’t need to think if we read and follow direction, do we? Which I should have done.

No problem though since these are just walking shoes and I couldn’t care less but it could have been a bad mistake and very ugly on something different. To be sure I was shocked the next day when I picked them up to examine and let me tell you Gorilla Glue really is terrific! I will never buy super glue again. I don’t feel quite so stupid though after watching this last video at the bottom about how not to use Gorilla Glue. You may want to take a look if you have never used Gorilla Glue. It really expands!


Gorilla Glue

Throw Away the Hammer and Screwdrivers

Gorilla Glue is one option for household or craft adhesive needs. It is a strong glue because it creates a tight, lasting bond between two items. It saves time around the home by eliminating the need for a hammer and nails or the use of a drill and screws. Since the glue is made to adhere to several different surfaces, it can be used for a wide variety of projects.

How not to use Gorilla Glue.





This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Jackie Lynnley


Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on July 10, 2015:

That's true Glenn and I just did the same thing a couple of days ago. It might last me forever if I would learn to hold back. So far the shoes I have fixed are just knock about ones; maybe I would think twice on better ones should the need arise! I do hate to look like I have squashed a poisonous snake! lol

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on July 10, 2015:

I use Gorilla Glue for many repair projects around the house. I even used it to glue the soles of shoes as you had done. I never found the project yet where didn't hold. The stuff sure is amazing. Even though I did read the instructions, I made the same mistake as you the first few times I used it. I used less than you did, but still too much - and it's oozed out when it dried. I guess we all make that mistake.

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on December 12, 2014:

Thanks Phil; I am just getting ready to do another show and just reading to get one side wet; never saw that before. If I learn to follow directions I bet it will really work well! lol

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on December 12, 2014:

Will try it Mary; just got a new bottle today! Really appreciate the share. Thank you!

Phil Plasma from Montreal, Quebec on December 12, 2014:

Great hub - I've used it for wood working jobs but have never really considered it for the alternative uses you've described. Repairing a shoe, for example, is a great way to get more use out of the show. Voted up and useful!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on December 12, 2014:

Before I discovered GG, I would pay a nail tech to cover the nail with gel or acrylic. I just put a drop on the nail right from the bottle. It just flows right on with NO bumps. I don't think a Q-tip would work!

I use the kind shown in your photo.

I forgot to share this Hub, but I will now.

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on December 11, 2014:

Wow, thank you so much Mary; I have a thumbnail like that and I will try it. It snags all the time! What kind do you use? Like that above? Put on with like a Q-tip maybe?

Mary Hyatt from Florida on December 11, 2014:

Just came back to add this: I have a fingernail that splits. I've tried every kind of nail glue and nothing works except Gorilla Glue!! It's great.

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on November 01, 2014:

Thanks; danmit for seconding the emotion!

danmit on November 01, 2014:

Yes, very good stuff!

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on October 31, 2014:

I know mary; the more I use it the better I love it. Can't see ever buying anything else. I did get my first bottle's lid stuck on somehow though so have been extra careful with that! lol

Mary Hyatt from Florida on October 31, 2014:

I do a lot of wood crafts, and I can tell you this stuff really works! It doesn't take much to hold wood pieces together.

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on September 29, 2014:

Thank you jeffrey; I will remember that!

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on September 29, 2014:

Thank you jeffrey; I will remember that!

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on June 24, 2014:

Haven't tried the tape I am not sure I should....just kidding! Thanks for stopping by!

retief2000 on June 24, 2014:

If Gorilla Tape/Glue were women I would marry them and put them up in separate houses because a bigamy charge would be worth it.

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on December 16, 2013:

Maybe not...good to have you stop by and it is fantastic stuff.

The Logician from then to now on on December 16, 2013:

I can't believe it, my son just called me 10 minutes ago and asked if I had Gorilla glue (his chairs are loose). I said "Never heard of it" Then I find myself looking over your hub pages because of a comment you made elsewhere and bam! there it is Gorilla Glue! Thank you for enlightening me, still can't believe I just heard of it and was led to your webpage!~ Weird!

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on November 24, 2013:

Great to hear W1totalk, we love hearing testimonies about it and I know I love it. Thank you.

W1totalk on November 24, 2013:

I just know Gorilla Glue got me out of plenty of issues with broken items. Great writing and hub.

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on November 23, 2013:

lol Thanks Gail! It is great stuff believe me you will love it and never buy super glue again! I cannot believe what a great bargain it is.

Gail Meyers from Johnson County, Kansas on November 23, 2013:

I have never tried Gorilla glue, Jackie. I have only used super glue. It sounds like amazing stuff! I will have to try it. That's amazing that it even stopped your canoe from leaking! Voted up and useful.

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on November 20, 2013:

No Dream On it does not. It amazes me how good it works and the top does not stick! There is a small metal piece that fits in the hole though so maybe that is the secret. I have two bottles I am using on and neither give me one bit of trouble. Thank you for asking!

DREAM ON on November 20, 2013:

I bought super glue years ago and was so disappointed that I got one use and then it hardened like a rock.Will Gorilla glue do the same thing ?I look forward to trying it . Such a cool helpful hub.

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on November 20, 2013:

I bet they will keep holding too. Just learning to use the right amount is my only problem! lol Thanks for sharing that with us Sherry!

Sherry Hewins from Sierra Foothills, CA on November 20, 2013:

I have never had any luck with super glue, but I love Gorilla Glue. I broke my glasses frames last week, and fixed them with Gorilla Glue. I ordered new glasses, but my old ones are still holding up for now.

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on November 20, 2013:

JG11Bravo - I plan to try that tape next, it does sound very good too and i am so amazed at the very good prices on this glue!

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on November 20, 2013:

Thanks Christy it really is super, all of it and I have been using it for days now going by directions; so very successfully!

JG11Bravo on November 20, 2013:

Gorilla Glue is liquid duct tape. On the walking shoes subject, it did wonders on a split in my hiking boots as well, and a nine-mile mountain hike with 50 pounds on a trail that people have been air-lifted off of because of the incline didn't kill it.

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on November 20, 2013:

Hi Jackie, I had never heard of Gorilla Glue before I read your hub! It sounds even more powerful than the typical super glue product we buy. Thanks for the tip- and cool that it kept your walking shoes together :)

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on November 19, 2013:

Thanks vespawoolf, it is terrific. I used some last night and haven't checked out the results today yet but feel sure it will be good. I don't know how I made it without it so long and the bottle and lid do not stick together is even more amazing! So pleased you like to visit! Anytime! I get hungry when I visit you, lol.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on November 19, 2013:

Wow, I'm going to get some of this glue! I'll be sure and follow the directions and plan for expansion. I can't believe you were able to repair your walking shoes. I always enjoy reading your Hubs, Jackie. Thank you for sharing!

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on November 16, 2013:

You bet Alice! It will fix you right up, just remember to make my mistake for it does expand! A little dab'l do ya!

Alice Ann Day on November 16, 2013:

Thank you for letting us know about this glue Jackie. Like you, I always thought super glue was the superior. I'm always having problems with the soles of my boots. Problem solved!

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on November 15, 2013:

Yes, Deb it is and I am just discovering it may be the "best" stuff of its kind!

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on November 15, 2013:

Polyurothane has been around for years and is wonderful material. Many of the window and door sealers are made from this material, too. It is very strong and commands our respect. Good stuff, or should I say Great Stuff, Jackie?

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on November 14, 2013:

Well GTF my first thought of the name was not impressive, I thought it would be more dangerous than superglue if you made a mishap. Well you can see what a mishap looks like but it really is nothing like superglue. You can take the lid off and on normally and the glue does not harden in the container. I like it much better than I thought I would, it really is fantastic. I got my last jar at Wal-Mart for under $4!

Claudia Porter on November 14, 2013:

I've hear of Gorilla Glue, but never used it. Now I will. Thanks for the review. I also just like the name of the product.

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on November 07, 2013:

Well, wait a minute, teaches, Gorilla Glue makes Super Glue of their own, so maybe he is using that. I just cannot imagine how good their Super Glue must be!

Dianna Mendez on November 07, 2013:

My hubby has super glue and gorilla glue for different uses. I don't know why, but he is an expert on this type of adhesive bonding. Great information and now I can chat with him about it. Thanks!

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on November 06, 2013:

Thanks Kim, was hoping to let friends know what a great thing it is. I was so sick of super glue I think is why I am so crazy about the Gorilla glue and it doesn't harden in the bottle!

ocfireflies from North Carolina on November 06, 2013:


Perhaps it is because I live with a trade specialist who always has some sort of fix-it project that I had heard of Gorilla Glue. Regardless, your hub is interesting and complete with great information.


Beth Perry from Tennesee on November 05, 2013:


Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on November 05, 2013:

I know, I sure hadn't and now I just want something to break!! lol

Beth Perry from Tennesee on November 05, 2013:

My husband loves the Gorilla Glue; he uses it for so many things! I am surprised not more folks have heard of it.

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on November 05, 2013:

Makes sense it would be hard to get off but I bet it is not as likely to get on you as super glue? That stuff is really hard to use and not get on you. We really should all use those really cheap disposable gloves when we glue. You can get 100 of them for $1 at dollar tree. I am just bad to jump in a job without thinking first, lol. Thanks for adding to the thoughts on this Pamela.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on November 05, 2013:

We have used this glue on several projects over the years, and once glued it is permanent! I do not like getting it on my fingers as it is very difficutlt to get off. Gpo-be-gone does not work but I usually find something to get it removed. Useful and interesting hub.

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on November 04, 2013:

You are welcome Nithya, I am thrilled about it! Really. lol Thanks!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on November 04, 2013:

This glue is amazing, never knew about this, thank you for sharing.

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on November 02, 2013:

twigs22bend - Thanks so much for telling us. Seems this stuff is pretty popular! Yes hurry and glue everything before winter blows in!

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on November 02, 2013:

RTalloni -It may do it, I really need to look at some other kinds besides the bottle up there. Maybe all don't expand like the liquid, good point, thank you.

RTalloni on November 02, 2013:

My Samsonites just went through TSA and 5 different jets. For the first time ever one was damaged (in two places!). The pull out handle was bent and there is a small tear in the black fabric on the front of it. Was thinking of using Gorilla Glue to repair it, but wondered if all of their products expand like the wood glue. Now I'm thinking that a tiny piece of the tape might work better. Thanks!

twig22bend on November 02, 2013:

Gorilla glue really works. I have to find it and repair a tray. I have used it on many surfaces and it never fails.Thanks for reminding me.

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on November 02, 2013:

FlourishAnyway, that is how I feel, just might have to break something! lol Thanks for stopping by!

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on November 02, 2013:

Thanks for telling us wetnosedogs; it seems there is nothing negative on this product except using too much and that is a negative plus isn't it?

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on November 02, 2013:

Hi Genna! That is the truth and I am gonna be trying this out left and right! It's on my shopping list too and I have plenty!

FlourishAnyway from USA on November 02, 2013:

I've heard about this but never tried it, so thanks for the information. Now I am wondering what I have that needs sticking back together forever. Going to go look for some broken stuff so I have an excuse to buy this.

wetnosedogs from Alabama on November 02, 2013:

I have used Gorilla Glue and sure do like it lots better than Super Glue.

Have a great weekend.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on November 02, 2013:

Anything that can replace hammers and screw drivers has my vote! Thanks, Jackie. I will add this to our shopping list. :-)

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on November 02, 2013:

Frank that is really great, so I am getting some positives here confirming my belief it can do wonders. Thank you. I think I am going to use it like a nail one day soon, see if it holds? Bet it does!

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on November 02, 2013:

Thanks for telling us angryelf and I am really anxious to buy more even though my bottle is pretty full. I just know the price will rise and I want plenty while it is so low.

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on November 02, 2013:

I wouldn't put any glue around the chicken Faith, they peck at everything, and I think they are OK for awhile. My imagination is working overtime though so I know I will be gluing something! Hope you and hubby have a very restful weekend, and you are feeling much better.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on November 02, 2013:

Hey Jackie, i do use this product and i love it.. LOL an interesting share my friend

angryelf from Tennessee on November 01, 2013:

Gorilla glue is amazing. I have a 9 year old pair of suede leather western boots that the sole starting separating from. Reglued it with gorilla glue, and it's still holding stronger than ever 2 years later. Yes, my boots are very well loved :)

Faith Reaper from southern USA on November 01, 2013:

Oh ... well, you were very creative with the Gorilla Glue and thought of plenty of uses, with your shoes too, and please do not do that ... lose a finger! I meant to mention too about the Super Glue before that I, too, have glued my fingers together LOL But it was no fun really, as it takes forever to wear off! Plus, you're right, once opened, you might as well throw it out after that first use, as it will not be any good after that ... very true.

Yes, I did read that about fixing the leaking boats. That is amazing it can keep water out like that and make such a powerful seal to hold. Oh, the bird bath that I made was supposed to be mosaic, and I guess it sort of is LOL

LOL, well, I hope maybe at least one thing breaks so you can glue it LOL

Glue away ... hey, maybe your chicken houses need some mending, but they are newly built ...

Hugs, Faith Reaper

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on November 01, 2013:

Well that is a great idea Faith and after doing this hub I have been wondering what all I can do with it and man do I have the planters and pots I could glue upside down and make some pretty stuff for my garden! That glue on my shoe is on the inside so not noticeable and I figure if I try to cut it off I will lose a finger!

I will certainly know to not use too much from now on and you know come to think of it I even have a little table I got at a flea market split down the middle I saw yesterday, I will give that a try too. Did you see up there where some guy fixed a leak in a boat? What about roof leaks? I just bet! I just want something to tear up, you know that? lol

You have a great weekend too! I'm gonna be gluing stuff.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on November 01, 2013:

Hi Jackie,

I know about Gorilla Glue ... lol, and we just used it just this past weekend on a small Duncan Phyfe antique table that I found at a flea market for not much at all. Anyway, the girls were up and they love to use that table in the main area of the house when we are in there to do their crafts/coloring because their color crayons do not roll off the table, as it has sort of a rim around the top of the table and is low to the ground... just their size. Well, one of the legs broke and we used Gorilla Glue to fix it. They have a big kids table in their room too as their craft/coloring table, which is much sturdier than that old table of course, but it is fixed! I love your photos there : ) and you are setting a new style trend on those shoes .. Hey, what works, works! Oh ... years back I believe it was Gorilla Glue that I used to glue clay pots of varying sizes upside down to make a bird bath and a clay saucer/plate for the main bird bath part on top, and they all stuck together just fine, and it is out in my front yard right now. I painted it and decorated it with Italian Tessera tiles, but of course had to use different glue for the tiles for the inside of the bird bath where the water is contained. I made the tiles into a descending dove, representing the Holy Spirit with the different beautiful colors. It turned out just okay because I did not buy a big enough clay saucer for the top part of the bird bath, so it looks a bit off, and that is okay.

Gorilla Glue works!

Up and more

Have a great weekend,

Faith Reaper

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on November 01, 2013:

Thanks, Devika, it really is amazing and I don't think the dangers are as bad to get on you as super glue. I have sealed my fingers more than once with that stuff and was all day getting back to normal minus some flesh.

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on November 01, 2013:

Thanks so much kj force for sharing that and I am sure it will be a help to all who read it plus a few laughs. I do plan to be extremely careful from now on! It needs anothers old slogan of "A little dab'll do ya! "

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 01, 2013:

What is Gorilla Glue I have never heard of this glue until now, how interesting about the many useful ways. Well explained and most helpful indeed.

kjforce from Florida on November 01, 2013:

Jackie Lynnley...Been there done everything you are NOT supposed to do with Gorilla glue..My G-S introduced me to it..

I repaired a cabinet door and somehow it closed by accident..that was 5 yrs ago..hasn't opened since..have a figurine made by my G-D that I repaired using GG and yes it expanded and now the firgurine has a large hump on her back ( looks like Quasimodo- the hunchback of Notre Dame )....loved your write...thanks for the info and share....

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on November 01, 2013:

Thank you, that is good to know, I got mine at a tractor supply store.

Frank P. Crane from Richmond, VA on November 01, 2013:

Home Depot has a full bay of it.

Jackie Lynnley (author) from the beautiful south on November 01, 2013:

I have no TV either billy but if my son hadn't mentioned it I'd probably still never know and I can tell you I am thinking up projects and plan to buy more before the price goes up...because I feel sure it will. Thanks for stopping by so promptly and you and Bev have a great weekend too!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 01, 2013:

How is it that I have never heard of this stuff? Well, not having tv might have something to do with it. Fascinating...thanks for the review. I'll definitely be looking for some the next time I'm out and about.

Have a great weekend Jackie!

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