5 SecondFix is one of those ‘As seen on TV’ products, but I had never heard of it before I picked one of these up at a local shop during a sale. For a few Euros it seemed promising. The packaging promised easy and clean glueing. I went into the shop for superglue, so why not give it a shot instead.
My main problem with superglue is that it dries too quickly. Everybody who used superglue has had the ‘oh darn, I glued my fingers together’ moment at one point. And most super glues available are more gel-like. In a lot of cases that’s pretty useful, but sometimes I’d like a more fluid variant. And they always seem to dry out when you need them. (which is usually on Sunday, or after the shops are closed) 5 Second Fix promises to solve most of these issues except for the shop closing times. Unless you glue the shop’s doors open of course. According to the package it is a liquid-plastic welding tool and is great for plastic, wood, metal, glass and more. Well, it really won’t weld plastic and metal together I hope.. Let’s see how this one works out.
What’s in the package? Obviously: a pen-shaped tube of glue with a short needle applicator, a bit like you’d find on Revell Contacta but far shorter. On the other end is a little UV LED thingy with a battery. The way this glue works is: You apply the glue, position the soon-to-be-glued parts correctly and then use the UV LED to harden the glue. (just remember not to look into the light). Until you apply the light the glue stays liquid, it has a similar consistency as Zap-a-Gap CA+ and is pretty easy to use. While writing this review I did a Google search for reviews and found a bunch of them on YouTube and they weren’t all that positive. A lot of people seem to have received broken tubes and all the glue had leaked out, but mine was good. But people with broken tubes had what looked like an older style of tube that looked a bit fragile.
How does it work in real life?
The packaging claims you can use it on anything, but I found it to work best when at least a large part of the glue is still visible. Using it to glue two surfaces together didn’t go as well. I used it to glue the sideskirts on the side of my 1/72 Challenger 1, and one of them has already fallen off. But it worked wonders for the Friul tracks on my Pz. III, which I’ve covered in my build log of the Friul ATL-30 build. I like the fact that it dries very slowly when not exposed to the UV light. I left some on a piece of clear plastic overnight and the next day it had the consistency similar to the stuff that magazine publishers use to glue postcards in their magazines. So you wouldn’t want to leave that stuff on something important, as it can be a bit tricky to remove. But I have to add that I left it in a room that has sunlight for a large part of the day.
This glue has its uses, but I don’t hink it is a ‘Must Have’ type of glue. I wouldn’t buy it at the high retail price, but if you find this glue in the bargain bin of your local dollar store/Poundland/Action go for it. And due to the UV light I would hesitate to give this to kids, as the light can damage your eyes.