How Long Does E6000 Take To Dry?

E6000 is a pretty popular adhesive, and if you’re into hobby projects and crafts, you may have used it at one point or the other. But if it’s your first time, you may be wondering how long it takes to dry, especially when compared to similar adhesives like super glue. 

Today, we will look at how E6000 dries on various surfaces and what you can expect in terms of drying time. I will also share a few tips on how to speed things up without compromising on the bonding strength. So, let’s answer the most important question. 

How long does e6000 take to dry?

E6000 takes 24 to 72 hours to dry completely. It starts tacking up within the first 2 minutes of being applied and sets within 10 minutes. However, it tends to reach initial bonding strength within 4 to 8 hours. Once dry, the glue is non-flammable and resistant to changes in temperature. 

How Long Does E6000 Take To Dry

Factors That Affect E6000 Drying Time

As earlier indicated, E6000 takes 1-3 days to fully cure. But this is under normal conditions, i.e., if the weather is friendly and you apply the glue correctly. Otherwise, the drying could be longer. With this in mind, here are the factors that can affect the drying time of E6000.

Surface area

A larger surface area can increase the drying time of E6000 adhesive because it requires more adhesive, which takes longer to dry. The larger area may also require more pressure to ensure a strong bond, further increasing the drying time. It’s important to allow for more drying time when using E6000 on a larger surface area and to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.


When using E6000 adhesive, the level of humidity can affect the drying time. This is because E6000 contains moisture, and higher humidity levels in the air will slow down the evaporation process, causing the glue to take longer to dry.

To be on the safe side, do a rain check before you begin your project. Make sure humidity is around 30-70 percent. Anything outside this range is not recommended if you want to achieve a strong bond. You can find more specific information with regard to humidity on the product label.

Type of material

The type of material you’re working on can also affect how long E6000 takes to dry. Porous materials like fabrics and papers may have a shorter drying time as they absorb the adhesive more easily. Non-porous materials, such as glass and metal, may require a longer drying time, as the adhesive cannot be absorbed as easily. 


Temperature plays a significant role in the drying and curing of E6000. A lower temperature can slow down the drying process. 

In warm, dry conditions, the glue usually cures in one week. But in cooler conditions, it can take up to 30 days to reach its full strength. 

The best temperature I suggest is 50-90 degrees Fahrenheit. This will ensure the glue dries on time (within a week) and the bond is strong. 

Thickness of the coating

The thickness of the E6000 adhesive layer can have an impact on its drying time and bonding strength. Thicker layers of E6000 adhesive take longer to dry compared to thinner layers because the solvents in the adhesive will take more time to evaporate. This process is necessary for the adhesive to dry and cure completely.

It’s best to use thin, even layers. Besides ensuring the bond is strong, this will increase the drying time of the glue.


The porosity of the materials being bonded can also affect the drying time of E6000. Porous materials may absorb the adhesive, which can increase the drying time.

Read directions and test a small inconspicuous area for adhesion before use. The surface should be clean, dry, and free of dirt. For best adhesion on smooth, non-porous materials, lightly roughen the surface before use.

How long does E6000 take to dry on plastic?

E6000 starts to dry only 30 minutes after application, but it may take around 24 to 72 hours to cure on plastic. The exact drying time can be affected by the amount of glue you applied to the surface, the weather conditions of your environment, and the surface condition of the plastic you are working on.

There are a few ways to speed up the drying time of E6000 on plastic. You can use a hair dryer, a fan or keep the item in a sunny spot.

How long does E6000 take to dry on metal?

E6000 bonds well to metal. In fact, it provides a strong bond and is resistant to temperature and moisture once dried.

The exact drying of E6000 on metal depends on a few factors, mainly humidity, and temperature. In general, the glue starts to dry only 30 minutes after it’s been applied. Full curing is usually achieved in 1-3 days. Don’t apply too much glue as that would prolong the drying time. 

To speed drying, apply heat using a handheld dryer set on low; no need for clamps. Do not hold directly on E6000.

How long does E6000 take to dry on wood?

E6000 sets super-fast on wood. This usually takes about 24 hours. However, like with plastic and metal, the drying time can be affected by temperature and humidity.

When you apply the glue, hold and press the parts together for 2 to 3 minutes until they’re tightened. It’s best to apply a small amount of glue; if the coating is too thick, it will not bond well.

Does E6000 dry hard?

Yes, E6000 dries hard like cement. In fact, the bond is two times tougher and stronger than polyurethane. But you must give it enough time to cure fully so it doesn’t break easily. 

Once dry, the glue can withstand temperatures from -400F to 1800F, which means you can use it under any harsh weather condition, and it won’t alter its strength.

Will E6000 dry in cold weather?

E6000 can dry in cold weather, but it will take a longer time. Using it in an environment where the temperature is below 50°F will prolong the drying time. It is best applied in moderate temperatures, ideally between 70°F and 85°F.

Once the glue is completely dried, it can survive extremely cold temperatures without cracking or becoming brittle.

In Conclusion

So, how long does E6000 need to sit? Well, it takes about 24-72 hours for the glue to sit or fully cure. It starts getting tacky in the first 2 minutes and then begins to set after 10 minutes. It continues to bond and harden until after a day or more when you will be able to handle the object. 

If you don’t want to wait too long, it’s important you use it lightly. If you use too much of it, you may need to wait for 72 hours or more for it to fully dry. 

Ultimately, environmental conditions such as temperature and humidity will determine the exact time the glue dries. For instance, the drying time will be longer if the surrounding is too cold or there’s high humidity. 

Of course, you can speed up the drying time by using a fan or hair dryer. More on this later.