What Is Flex Glue?
Flex Glue claims to be a phenomenally strong, rubberized, thick adhesive capable of bonding, sealing, or repairing “virtually everything” in a variety of situations, both wet and dry.
In the commercial, spokesman Phil Swift demonstrates Flex Glue’s instant grab capability, bonding together multiple objects ranging from smaller bricks to large cinderblocks and then picking them up seconds later. We’re even shown the product holding together two pieces of wood that in turn are supporting a thousand-pound set of weights.
The manufacturer states that the adhesive is ideal for a wide variety of practical uses, from home and garden to automotive, marine, construction, plumbing, electrical, DIY projects, and general maintenance. It’s also mildew and UV resistant, paintable, solvent-free, VOC compliant, low-odor, and shrink and crack-resistant.
Based on what we learned from the website and commercial, it certainly appears that Flex Glue could be useful in a wide variety of situations.
But, how well can you expect it to work in reality? Are there any surfaces or situations that it isn’t a good fit for? Does it have any competition? These are just some of the key questions we’ll help you answer—starting with price.
How Much Does Flex Glue Cost & Where Can You Buy It?
Flex Glue is available directly from the manufacturer (although other options in the “Flex” family—more soon—are sold at a variety of retail locations, so this may change), at the following prices:
- 6 oz. supply - $19.99 + $9.95 S&H + $9.99 processing fee
- 10 oz. supply - $24.99 + $9.95 S&H c
With either size, you’ll also be charged a $9.95 S&H and receive a “handy size” variant of one of the other Flex products for an additional $9.99 processing fee:
- Flex Tape
- Flex Seal
- Flex Seal Liquid
- Flex Shot
All orders are eligible for a 30-day money back guarantee, less shipping, handling and processing fees. This is important to note, because it means that regardless of which option you choose, you’ll be losing out on $19.94 if you decide to return the product. Customer support can be reached at 844-551-9312.
Who will you be calling, exactly?
What Do We Know About Flex Glue’s Manufacturer?
Flex Glue is brought to us by Swift Response, LLC, who’s been in business since 2011, is based out of Weston. FL, and also manufactures other products in the lineup, including Flex Seal, Flex Tape, and Flex Shot.
The company held an A- rating with the Better Business Bureau, based on five closed customer complaints, as of 1/29/18. No additional details were provided.
How Does Flex Glue Work Compare to Other Rubberized Adhesives?
We spoke with several customer service representatives looking for specifics about Flex Glue’s formula during our research, including active ingredients, although none were able to provide additional insight.
What about third-party sites? Searching online for terms frequently used on the Flex Glue website like “rubberized adhesive,” “thick paste adhesive,” and “waterproof glue” returned a handful of results that matched some of Flex Glue’s single claims (e.g., waterproof, thick, quick-bonding, multi-surface, etc.), although none that combined all aspects into a single product. And certainly, none that delivered the same instant results—especially the underwater component.
With this said, some of the closest options we encountered included:
|Flex Glue||$19.99 (6 oz), $24.99 (10 oz)||Unknown|
|Loctite Super Glue Ultra Gel Concentration||$6-$13 (4-6 oz)||Ethyl Cyanoacrylate Unknown: (rubber-toughened formula, can’t be used on many plastics, sets in seconds, ideal for vertical applications)|
|Gorilla Glue Construction Adhesive (30 sec. drying time)||$13 (9 oz)||Polyurethane|
|Instabond Adhesive (30 sec. drying time)||$17 (3.5 oz)||Cyanoacrylate (requires separate activator spray)|
|Mr. Sticky’s Underwater Glue||$15 (1.6 oz)||Cyanoacrylate (2-part system w/dual syringe)|
Cumulatively, it seemed like Flex Glue offered the greatest amount of adhesive in each tube, although it also came with the highest overall price compared to the close competitors above. As mentioned earlier, it also comes nearly $20 in combined processing and S&H charges, none of which are refundable; whereas many of the competing adhesives could be found locally, also potentially putting them in your hand faster.
When the adhesive meets the surface, though, what does all of this mean for your future when it comes to Flex Glue?
Our Final Thoughts About Flex Glue
When comes to choosing the right adhesive for the job, it’s all about the application. Specifically, the material, surface type, and surface area.
Cyanoacrylate (the most common active ingredient among Flex Glue’s close competition, although we couldn’t confirm this is what’s contained in the product at hand), is classified as a ‘speciality’ cement most often recommended when working with plastics, since it “basically bonds plastic at a molecular level, and the bond becomes seamless.”
On the other hand, polyurethane adhesives (another common ingredient in all-purpose options) sticks to most things, is waterproof, requires no mixing or measuring, and can typically set within 20 minutes—again, all of which match many of Flex Glue’s claims.
As consumer ourselves, we think the biggest difference between it and third-party options doesn’t necessarily come down to effectiveness, though. Instead, it’s perhaps more closely related to value. How so?
Whether you choose cyanoacrylate, polyurethane, or another active ingredient based on the surface type, area, and material you’re working with, purchasing locally could potentially:
- Provide the assistance of a retail professional to help you choose the best adhesive for your needs
- Put the product in your hands in a matter of minutes
- Save on processing charges and S&H fees
- Make the return process as easy as hopping in your car, and also save on returning S&H
Given these important factors, while we didn’t test any of these products ourselves, it might make the most financial sense to explore your local rubberized adhesive options before placing an online order, whether for Flex Glue or a third-party product.