We’ve grown accustomed to oddly named heavy-duty glues — Krazy Glue has been around for decades, and Gorilla Glue has claimed some market share in the last few years. But a glue with a picture of a giant man in a diaper on it? Has Loctite finally gone too far with their Sumo Glue?
Loctite markets their Sumo Glue as “stronger and 3 times faster than other glues,” which sounds a lot like claims made by Gorilla Glue. Both Gorilla Glue and Sumo Glue are waterproof, they’ll bond to many different substances, and they dry translucent — the only noticeable difference is that Sumo Glue dries fully cured, without foaming up.
On the extremely humorous website, complete with talking Sumo voice, you can see a picture of Sumo Glue vs. the competition in a cured state — the competition is obviously a bottle of Gorilla Glue, turned sideways in an attempt to hide the label. The Sumo Glue seems to resist expanding in volume as it cures, compared to the Gorilla Glue which did fluff up a bit.
If the claims of drying without expansion are true, then this does give woodworkers a reason to follow the way of the Sumo over the path of the Gorilla. An 8oz bottle of Sumo Glue will run you $11, and it’s available at all major home improvement retailers.