5 Second Fix Review: Glue Alternative?


5 Second Fix

5 Second Fix is a liquid plastic welding tool that can repair a variety of items.

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Claims & Features

  • Fast and strong
  • Creates a permanent seal in just 5 seconds
  • Only cures with UV light
  • Dries clear
  • Repair plastic, metal, wood, glass, and other materials
  • Flexible, sandable, and paintable
  • No sticky mess

Cost & Availability

Website: $19.99 + Free Shipping; can’t opt out of bonus set and carrying cases. You can find it in stores such as Fry’s or Walgreen’s for about $10.

5 Second Fix Commercial

The TV commercial below has been airing as of this writing.

5 Second Fix Reviews

5 Second Fix is marketed as an alternative to traditional glue or even super glue. The product works when you dispense a small amount of the material to the desired area, then expose it to a UV light for 10 seconds.

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In many cases, 5 Second Fix does in fact adhere like glue. We did not find it to be as strong as some videos online suggest, such as a rope pulling a 4000 lb truck. We did have excellent results for some types of small jobs, however.

One advantage to 5 Second Fix is that you can take your time placing the adhesive where you want, without having to rush as it instantly hardens. You can make sure that you have everything lined up perfectly before exposing it to the UV light to cure.

Only a small amount is needed to perform most jobs, which is good because there is not much in the tube to begin with. For small repair jobs like broken glasses, small crafts, and thin plastic surfaces. Metal or other materials which require durability under stress do not seem well suited for this type of adhesive.

Although advertised as an alternative to glues, there is a smell reminiscent of a glue.

Similar Products

5 Second Fix is one of two As Seen on TV UV light repair sticks currently advertising, the other being Lazer Bond USA. There are a number of other UV light glue products which have been around for some time and receive relatively high marks. Consider, for example, Octopus Glue, with a 4.7 star rating at Amazon and runs about $15.

Epic Conclusion

While 5 Second Fix does work in many instances, we wouldn’t say it is a direct substitue for super glue. It does the job for small household fixes, but is not superior for those items which require durability under stress. Static items, such as a picture frame, may be best suited for 5 Second Fix.

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