Plain old white glue
PVA (Polyvinyl acetates) are probably the most common adhesive on the market.
They come in a variety of formulas, all ever so slightly different, and
specific to what they are designed to glue. Here are some tips for using
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- All PVAs are designed to work on porous materials only
- PVAs are water based, and clean up with warm soapy water.
- PVA is only toxic to ingest, it does not emit any harmful fumes, and
is not hazardous to touch
- PVA sets best in good air circulation, at room temperature.
- PVAs need pressure to adhere, see our info on clamping.
- Most PVAs are not water proof. The yellow PVAs have a higher
moisture resistance than the white ones, but neither are completely
- Never allow your PVAs to freeze. This breaks down
the polymers and your glue will be rendered useless!
- Yellow PVAs have a shorter shelf life than white PVAs.
- Be wary of over priced PVAs that claim to be for a specific use.
There is very little difference from one PVA to the other, and
nothing that should increase the cost.
- Although PVA is not a gap filler, in some cases you can add sawdust
to it to increase its gap filling ability.