Gorilla Glue Foam

Introduction: Gorilla Glue Foam

In this instructable I'll show you how to make expanding foam using Gorilla Glue and flour.

Step 1: Ingredients

Choose your ingredients. There are only two - glue and flour.

The glue must be a polyurethane glue, such as Gorilla Glue. It's the polyurethane that has the foaming reaction.

Flour - any flour will do - plain flour, corn flour (AKA cornstarch).* In fact, any fine powder should work.







*Cornflour is called cornstarch in the United States and Canada, and cornflour in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Israel and some Commonwealth countries. In the United States and Canada cornflour refers to cornmeal that is very finely milled.

Step 2: Mix

Wear rubber gloves.

Simply mix the two ingredients together. I used a ratio of 1:1, but it's not critical. Be aware that the mixture will expand by about ten times, so factor that in when preparing. If you use it for filling holes, it's probably going to overflow, and get over everything. When wet it is very sticky.

The mixture will expand to its full extent in about half an hour, but will take another hour or so before it is fully cured.

Step 3: Variations

Once cured, the foam is quite rigid. If you want a softer mixture, add a little water to the flour before adding the glue. Make a paste with the flour/water mix, then add the glue.

You can also add colour to the mix; any water based colour should work. Acrylic paint, ink, watercolour.

Step 4: That's It.

I hope you find this instructable informative.

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    6 Comments

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    tytower
    tytower

    Question 2 years ago

    I wonder if its waterproof when set ? Maybe with qcells or microballoons instead.


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    AndyCallaway
    AndyCallaway

    Answer 11 months ago

    My apologies - I can't believe I've missed this comment - two years. Mea culpa.
    Anyway, yes it is waterproof. It's polyurethane. It loves water, and can be used to glue things underwater. Not in this form, though, as the foam will keep trying to float.

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    tytower
    tytower

    Reply 11 months ago

    Thanks. I bought a bottle and even though properly sealed back up at half full it all went hard in the bottle.

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    AndyCallaway
    AndyCallaway

    Reply 9 months ago

    Yes, it reacts with the moisture in the air. So if the bottle is half full, that means it's also half full of moisture laden air. That's enough to cause it to set up.

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    killbox
    killbox

    11 months ago

    video is missing, what do you do with your gorilla glue dough?

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    AndyCallaway
    AndyCallaway

    Reply 11 months ago

    Sorry; I took the video down.
    The "dough" can be used as a filler, much like the spray foam filler, but this way gives you more control.