For whatever reason, things around me that break always seem to require solutions that don’t exist yet. I improvise a lot! Admittedly, as a garage geek, half the fun is making fixes work when they probably shouldn’t.
Glues of all types have failed me where they should have worked, per product claims. Epoxies and silicones… oftentimes the same story. Even the latest and greatest plastic welders have bombed for projects where the advertised cured result seemingly should have held.
So apparently, I’ve become a “bonding connoisseur,” having tested just about every glue on the market today for fixes to unique problems. And now there’s a new glue. A fun glue. A flexible, yet rigid rubbery glue. A glue that allows one to fix, bond, seal, cushion, replace and create.
With its Irish-inspired name, Sugru is a moldable silicone-based glue with the pre-cure feel of Play-Doh that you can shape into just about any form, stick on just about any surface and, within 24 hours, will cure to a flexible yet durable rubber. Once cured, it’s been described almost like one of those big pink pencil earsers—hard, yet flexible.
Here’s a quick and goofy video showcasing Sugru’s many uses:
While the video shows some fun examples of Sugru’s many uses, the Sugru website and its thriving gallery of how-to articles, images and videos will have you quickly realizing just how useful this stuff really is. Just to have some Sugru on-hand is a good idea for random household repairs—it’ll keep for about six months but storing it in a refrigerator increases its shelf life by 3x.
Available in many colors with the ability to mix your own, Sugru can take any temperature between -58°F and 356°F. It’s waterproof, can be used in a dishwasher, won’t melt or freeze, is UV resistant and electrically insulating. The company does warn not to use with open flame, however. Sugru is also removable from non-porous surfaces but does take some work.
Sugru black, white or color packs of eight retail at around $20 on Amazon.com and there are several other color and specialty kits available on the Sugru website. Sugru is also available in Target stores across the country.
As many of you know, my roots are in small business and I love small business success stories. Sugru has a great and inspiring story—take some time to read and share it. Oh, and buy this glue!