How to Dry Elmer's Glue Fast

Dry Elmer's Glue fast by creating a fast-dry environment.
Dry Elmer's Glue fast by creating a fast-dry environment. (Image: bottle of glue on black marble image by phizics from

While Elmer’s Glue boasts a fast drying time on the product label, sometimes it just is not fast enough. Hasten the drying time by ensuring the environment is conducive to fast drying. While the product specifications state drying in 30 minutes, you may be able to reduce this time by altering the environment slightly.

Things You'll Need

  • Small clamp(s)
  • Small fan

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Affix the two surfaces together. Apply the Elmer’s Glue in a very thin layer to one surface and lay the second surface over the first surface to bond them together.

Clamp the two surfaces together to hold them, if necessary.

Place the glued items in a warm location (at least 70 degrees F) that is dry and that has plenty of air circulation.

Set up the small fan so it blows directly onto the glued items in a steady fashion.

Check the items after 15 to 20 minutes to see if the Elmer’s Glue is dry. If the glue appears hard and clear, the glue is dry. If the glue is still opaque and moist, allow it to dry for 5 to 10 more minutes.


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