Musical Instruments and Super Glue Don’t Mix
We posted this a few years ago, but this has come up again a few times here recently. So, we thought we’d pass this information along again!
CA glue is an ingenious product for certain applications. It is commonly called Super Glue or Krazy Glue, among other labels. For orchestral or any musical instrument, it is dangerous and strictly taboo. A recent violin repair came in with bridge problems. The bridge was “loose” and had been superglued to the top. The result was a poor bond that failed and left a hard mess on the bridge and the violin finish. The bridge had to be replaced. Before this could be done, the CA glue on the finish needed to be removed. This is a tediously complicated and expensive task that is nearly impossible to accomplish without damage to the finish.
The bridge is meant to be held in place with string pressure and must not be glued to the top. CA glue, used anywhere on instruments will cause damage that is nearly always permanent, and is unnecessary. Please never, ever use CA glue on your instrument.
We also have band instruments come in quite often that have been super glued back together. Never a good idea! Super glue will never hold a post on or fix a tuning slide that has come apart. They must be soldered back together. Super glue is dangerous to remove and will also damage the finish on the instrument. Again, please never, ever use super glue on your instrument.
The technicians at Paige’s Music are here to help you solve playing condition problems professionally, enhancing the sound of your instrument and playing. Bring it to us. We are happy to help!
Neilabout 3 years ago
This is interesting. I use super glue to repair a lot of things but after reading this I will not use it on any musical instruments.Reply
James Thompsonabout 3 years ago
Thank you for the article. Do not use super glue - approx. But what can I use? Epoxy?Reply
Scott Kinnardabout 2 years ago
James – Thanks for your question! As you are aware from the information posted on your website, there are various uses for adhesives. With that in mind, we use a wide variety of adhesive products depending on the materials and application. Knowing how and when to use adhesives on musical instruments really comes down to the expertise, experience, and training of a qualified repair technician. The point of our article was to try to help well-intended customers from ruining their instruments, or at a minimum causing additional damage when trying to “repair” them. CA glue might be the quick “miracle fix” for everyday items around the house, but when it comes to expensive musical instruments, it is always best to trust the professionals for repair and maintenance.Reply