You need a good chem set to actually prepare the ingredients needed to acquire super glue. You know, calcinator an stuff. Then you get to mind numbing work, a slow reaction will yield a substance that is merely as adhesive as duct tape.
I think the reasoning behind that (if there ever was one) was that one of the two ingredients for superglue is formaldehyde, which can be synthesized from paraformaldehyde, which is a common ingredient in various disinfectants and fungus killers, similar to bleach.
And a note on animal product glue, but unless you do some serious processing afterwards, almost all animal based glues come out very similar to the white “school glue” that you find in stores for use by little kids. Useful, but not quite to the metal bonding level that superglue mainly appears to be used for in-game.
Yeah, very true i2amroy. The ingredients I was thinking of bear closer resemblance to the stuff holding my violin together. Which reminded me of rosin, which reminded me of turpentine.
Rosin and turpentine are both made from pine pitch, which, fresh, is a pretty damn gluey substance. Again not superglue levels, but if it weren’t for trees being generic ‘trees’, I’d be up for saying make a few slashes into one and use pine goo as a potential adhesive haha.
Well, Pthalocy, pine does have an adhesive odor, but it’s due to evolutive endeavor to defend its bark. Anyway, that pine of yours had hundreds of thousands of years to decay with other flora and fauna in course of becoming oil, gas and ofc harder fuel. It’s that gooey feel one has with oily substances that leads to oil refinement, which gives many great stuff - plastics, gasoline, even soap. One method of refinement yields us glue.
So, if you had crude oil, theoretically you could produce a strong adhesive.
If bandages are using superglue, my assumption is that it’s being used in the place of stitching. I’ve seen that quite a few times, they use a sort of crazyglue for minor injuries in hockey to seal up cuts and let the players get back on the ice, practically no downtime to sew.
Yeah, above posters, you got the right idea. If the adhesives being made aren’t true SUPERGLUE (they sure act like it but the recipes suggest other glue types as previously stated), then it makes sense they’d be holding bandages on, and not the edges of the injury itself together.
I just like the idea of gluebandaids because they’ve saved me a lot of trouble irl.
Just reading through and thought that this is a great topic to be looked at. Some directions that I think that this should go in are splitting up what needs superglue in crafting and what just needs regular glue. And after that we could look at how to make the two (in a post apocalyptic environment).
And just to brighten my day I feel like poking fun at Pthalocy (just fun, not actually questioning you)
This is pretty regular, nothing interesting there, except for …
I fully admit to being more willing to stick my hands in people’s nasty mouths than I am in doing endless amounts of number crunching in research psychology, but I don’t think there’s anything magical about that. Besides, tooth fairies give you money for teeth lost; dental businesses usually take money and teeth. More lucrative I would imagine.
Anyway I don’t want to derail the thread more than this haha.