Legos are a childhood classic. Who can forget the hours spent building towers and houses out of colorful blocks? Unfortunately, as we get older, we sometimes put away our Legos in favor of more “adult” pursuits. But what if we could keep the fun of Legos alive by using them to create even cooler things?
In this blog post, we will show you how to use the right Lego adhesives and how to apply them in such a way that your Legos will never come apart again.
Permanent Glue vs. Temporary Glue
There are two ways to glue Legos together—permanent and temporary. I personally prefer using non-permanent glue, like Le-Glue, to adhere to my Lego blocks, and I will explain a bit.
If you don’t enjoy putting together, a Lego set only to have it broken down or some of the pieces lost over time, you may want to consider gluing the set together to avoid that. Sure, a super glue like Krazy Glue or Gorilla Glue is a good choice to glue your Legos permanently, but there’s something you need to know.
Gluing your Legos together will keep you from accidentally breaking them or losing pieces, but the drawbacks of gluing your Legos outweigh the benefits. For example, by gluing your Legos together, you get to play with a single set because it was initially designed for that purpose. Once you glued them permanently, there was nothing you could do about it. On the other hand, if you don’t glue the set together, you may utilize all of the pieces to construct anything.
I like to have the freedom to do whatever I want with my Lego sets after they’ve been built once, rather than only enjoying a single build and then gluing them together.
Should You Glue or Not-Glue Your Legos
However, not gluing your Legos isn’t the best option for everyone. For instance, if you have kids and they enjoy creating Lego sets, but after they complete them, the pieces may get mixed in with their other Legos or even lost. On the other hand, if you or your kids have a favorite set that you enjoy viewing or intend to utilize as a primary focus for your Lego collection, gluing it together might be worthwhile just to ensure that it doesn’t get lost or stolen.
If you’re unsure whether to use permanent adhesive for your Legos, there is a great alternative—non-permanent glue. It’s better if you pick a non-permanent glue if you’re unsure; since it allows you to keep your Lego sets together while allowing you to take them apart if necessary.
What is the Best Glue to Use for Legos
There are only two major alternatives to consider when seeking glue if you wish to connect your Legos.
Le Glue Temporary Glue and Gorilla Super Glue are ideal for gluing your Legos together. With Le Glue Temporary Glue, separate your Lego pieces when needed. However, if you use Gorilla Super Glue or any other brand of super glue, the bond is permanent.
If you’re sure that you’ll never want to use any of the pieces from your set on another project or take them apart and rebuild them, then Gorilla Super Glue is an excellent choice since it has a nearly unbreakable grip and dries clear. However, if you’re someone who wants to dismantle your Lego pieces and make something else with the blocks in the future, use Le Glue Temporary glue on your Legos instead.
If you apply Le Glue Temporary glue to your Legos, it will have a firm connection and can stay together for a long time, but you can disassemble it in the future if you need a few pieces for another project or want to create something else.
Said that here will show you how to use temporary adhesive to glue your Legos.
How To Glue Legos Together With Temporary Glue
As we mentioned earlier, Le Glue Temporary Glue is the best choice. Next, you need to prepare the Lego pieces for gluing. First, clean them with soap and water to ensure a clean bond. Next, repair any cracks or breaks made by cutting off any extra plastic jutting out of the bricks. This will make it much easier for the glue to stick to both parts of your broken Lego. Another thing I suggest having is a cutting mat because it will keep the surface you’re gluing on free of glue.
Things You Will Need:
- Le Glue Temporary Glue
- A good quality paintbrush
- A cutting mat
Now take a look at the steps below:
- Take a piece of Lego, and paint the block with glue gently. Don’t put too much glue on the blocks; otherwise, it will leak from the sides when you place another piece on top of it.
- When you glue one of the bricks, place it over the other piece. This also applies when gluing Lego mini-figures or parts like an arm or a leg. Make sure to press down hard for about five seconds after using the glue to be on the safe side.
- Repeat the process for all Lego bricks and them for 24 hours. The finished piece will likely cure in an hour and completely dry in 24 hours.
- Do not use a cheap quality paintbrush, or else, be prepared to see bristles on your glue and the Legos. It can be pretty ugly and frustrating.
- Be careful while applying glue to the Lego bricks, and try not to get the adhesive to stick to your fingers. It will get plastered all over the bricks while you work on them. The end result will be glue residue all over your finished piece. You don’t want that.
- If you want to dismantle the Legos, just wash them with hot soap and water or plain water. The water will dissolve the adhesive allowing you to disassemble the bricks easily. To remove all the glue residue, you can use a toothbrush.
How to Remove Super Glue from Legos
If you used super glue to bond your legos, and for some reason or another, and now want it removed—this is how you do it.
- Clean The Area: First, use a degreaser or soap and water to clean the glues. Wash your hands to remove any chemicals from touching your face.
- Apply Acetone: Then, use a small amount of acetone over the glue spots you want to remove and allow it to soak in for 10-20 minutes.
- Use Ice Pick: When you’re ready, take an ice pick. By using a screwdriver handle or some other tool, carefully prying up the glue on that spot.
- Take Time: Do not pry on more than one spot at a time. The object should then release and separate from where it’s stuck upside down onto itself.
A light tugging action is usually enough to finish separation since this stuff is fragile when exposed like this. This technique can be used in a domestic and industrial setting to remove many kinds of glue stains.
Whether you are an adult looking to recapture the joys of your childhood or a parent who wants their children to experience building with Legos for the first time, we hope that this blog post has been helpful! We hope you learned how to use the right adhesive and apply it in such a way that your Legos will never come apart again. Are there any other tips or tricks for keeping them together? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to visit our site and read more about adhesives to apply these tips correctly!