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How to Make Gorilla Glue Dry Faster

How to Make Gorilla Glue Dry Faster

What is Gorilla Glue Used for in Bikes and At Home?

Gorilla Glue is a tacky glue designed to join different types of surfaces, from metal to glass. Most people love Gorilla Glue because of its availability, versatility, and its magnificent bonding properties. You can use Gorilla Glue for most household projects and even for bike repairs.

However, the major drawback of Gorilla Glue is that it takes a rather long time to set. The adhesive cannot dry much faster than specified because of its physical and chemical properties. Having said that, there are some tips and tricks if you want to speed up the curing of Gorilla Glue.

Does Gorilla Glue Dry Instantly?

Gorilla glue is a type of adhesive that will not dry instantly. There is a need for the parts to be clamped together for around an hour for it to bond properly.

How Long Will Gorilla Glue Take to Set?

It will take Gorilla Glue about 2 hours for it to set to such an extent where you no longer have to clamp it. For a complete cure, you will need to wait for about 24 hours before the items are ready.

How to Make Clear Gorilla Glue Dry Faster

Chemical reactions facilitate the curing process of Gorilla Glue, but you can make the glue cure faster by following the steps below.


Before you glue the items together, you will need to determine where on the two surfaces you need to glue. After you have marked the area, gently sand the areas with sandpaper. Although Gorilla Glue will hold without this step, it will glue better and cure faster if there are no air bubbles, dirt or foreign objects.


After you are done sanding the two areas, clean them with a damp cloth to remove any residue. Gorilla Glue is waterproof, and it will still hold to a damp surface but can take longer to set. So you will need to clean the area entirely with another dry cloth for faster curing. This step will ensure that there is no interference in the Gorilla Glue from residue, dampness, or air bubbles.


Once the surface is dry, glue the items together. You only need to apply a small amount of glue on one side and then press the two sides together. Use a paper towel to clean off any excess glue from the joint. The thicker your application, the longer the curing time, so only leave what is needed.


Place the joined items in a warm and dry area. You can also apply light heat from a portable heater to decrease the curing time, but you will need to avoid overheating the surfaces which will damage them. If you do not have a heater, you can keep your joined items in a warm and dry room, and turn on a fan for circulation.


Gorilla Glue will not take long to dry if you follow these steps. However, it is best to wait 12-24 hours before you test out the bond to ensure your project’s success.

Make Gorilla Glue Cure Faster by Mixing Vinegar and Baking Soda

A further step to accelerate your Gorilla Glue bond is to return to a classic science class experiment.

Here is a video explaining the chemical process (credit to MLMForShyPeople):

  1. Mix ten drops of Gorilla Glue with five drops of vinegar.
  2. Add baking soda. Stir until the mixture has a toothpaste-like texture
  3. Apply carefully to the surface you want to glue together
  4. Wipe off any excess glue
  5. The Gorilla Glue will now take only about 45 minutes to dry


We hope you’ve found this article beneficial – read this article to learn more about two other kinds of adhesives, namely, rubber cement and vulcanizing fluid!