Elmer's Glue-All

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Bottle of Elmer's Glue-All


[Elmers Products division of Borden] A registered trademark for a milky white aqueous adhesive emulsion. Starting in 1947, Elmer's Glue-All was a Casein based emulsion called Cascorez glue packaged in glass bottles with an ice cream pop type applicator. Now Elmer's Glue-All is an aqueous emulsion of Polyvinyl acetate, Polyvinyl alcohol, and Propylene glycol distributed in plastic squeeze type bottles with twist-open dispenser lids. It is widely used in homes, businesses, and schools and effectively bonds most materials, such as wood, paper, and fabric. Most white glues contain numerous additives, such as tackifiers, plasticizers, antifreeze solvents, and biocide preservatives. Elmer's Glue-All is generally classed as unstable for long term use because it contains numerous additives.

Note: Borden spun off Elmer's Products in 1999. They were acquired by Newell Rubbermaid in 2015.


May yellow is sunlight.

Elmer's: SDS Elmers Glue All (sp)

Physical and Chemical Properties

Soluble in water, even after drying.

Resources and Citations

  • J. Down, M.MacDonald, J.Te'treault, S.Williams, Adhesive Testing at the Canadian Conservation Institute-An Evaluation of Selected Poly(Vinyl acetate) and Acrylic Adhesives", Studies in Conservation 41:19-44, 1996.
  • Marie Svoboda, Conservation Survey Index, unpublished, 1997
  • Website: nauutarch.tamu.edu/class/anth605/file2.htm --gives original formula as casein based
  • Website: www.elmers.com/aboutelmers