Leather glue is a leather glue adhesive. If we need to bond leather pieces together, that is what we need. 

Normally, there are two using purposes. One is for temporary use, the other is for permanent aim. It is a versatile and essential tool for leather workers. When we need to hold leather pieces together before sewing, we will use the temporary leather glue; While we need to join leather pieces firmly and indefinitely, we will use the permanent one.

What are the different types of leather glue available?

There are mainly three kinds of glue used specifically in leather application:

  • polyvinyl acetate glue
  • contact cement
  • cyanoacrylate glue

Polyvinyl acetate glue is water-based and non-toxic, with a great feature of ease of use. Also, it offers high initial bonding strength.

Contact cement is made for a variety of adhesion uses, one of which is leather.

Cyanoacrylate glue is considered as a kind of super glue. It has great fast-drying feature. People use it various materials, like leather.

As we can see, there are a great amount of leather glue products available out there. When you are looking for one, do remember to think about the type of leather you are working with, as well as the strength and flexibility of the bond you expect.

Two popula glues

Tandy Leather Eco-Flo Leather Weld Adhesive.

This glue is designed specifically for use on leather and creates a strong, flexible bond that is perfect for a wide range of leatherworking projects.

Another great option is the Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue,which is a versatile adhesive that can be used on a variety of materials, including leather.

What are the best practices?

It’s really important for us to read through the manufacturer’s instructions before application.To achieve strong, durable, and long-lasting results,your choice is essential.

How to remove glue from leather surfaces?

The first try can be using warm soapy water and a sponge to wipe away the glue.

Secondly, we can use pure acetone or nail polish remover to get the glue off without damaging the leather.

But before all, do remember to remove any dirt or residue before getting the glue off. You can also use a scraper with a dull edge to remove the dry glue first.

How to apply?

When we need to join two leather pieces together, firstly apply a thin and consistent layer to one leather piece surface, and then join the target piece.

But if we have a gap-filling seal, we need to apply a thick layer, a layer of up to 1/5 inch. To achieve a more intense initial grip, we can apply on both surfaces.

Join the pieces. Put the pieces in the correct position and press firmly and then they will join well.

Allow one to three hours for them to bond perfectly. For a full bond strength, normally 24 to 48 hours can be enough.

Clean up other surfaces that are exposed to the glue unexpectedly.