PVA Glue – Your Questions Answered

PVA Glue, or Polyvinl acetate as it is officially known, is a very popular glue.

Schools have been using PVA for paper mache and making slime, for generations.

PVA adhesive
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What are the advantages of PVA Glue?

  • Water-based
  • Most brands of PVA dry clear
  • Low fumes and generally safe to use indoors

Disadvantages of PVA Glue

  • Not waterproof
  • Doesn’t last long on the shelf
  • Takes a long time to fully cure
  • Not ideal for outdoors

Where can I buy this amazing glue?

You can buy it from your local hardware store or online.

Elmer’s Liquid School Glue, Clear, Washable – Great for Making Slime

AmazonBasics All Purpose Washable School Clear Liquid Glue

Frequently asked questions about PVA Glues

What surfaces is PVA best for?

PVA glues are designed to work on non-porous surfaces.

The most common uses (apart from paper mache and slime manufacture) are for:

  • Wood
  • Paper
  • Fabric
  • Leather
  • Wallpaper
  • Drywall
  • Envelopes

For getting the best bond with PVA it is recommended to clamp the surfaces together and allow 24 hours to fully set.

Does the glue yellow over time?

There are different kinds of PVA glues. PVA Wood glue is yellow-based. Normal PVA doesn’t generally go yellow.

Can it be used on fabric

Not really. You can use it on non-washable fabrics but you are definitely better off going for a proper fabric glue.

Does it stick to plastic?

PVA is not the right glue for plastic. If you need a lasting plastic repair you are best to use a plastic welder adhesive.

Can PVA be used on glass

It might work ok as a temporary measure but it is definitely not going to form a secure lasting bond on glass.

PVA is one of the most popular glues on the market for good reason. It is safe, easy to use and not too bad to clean up if you end up making mess!

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