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Choosing the right hot melt glue

Glue guns are an effective and convenient tool for fastening various materials. Before selecting a glue gun, you need to know what type of hot melt glue you will need for your project. Rapid glue sticks are grouped according to the three most common applications.

Arts and crafts

These types of glue are perfect for people who like crafting and creating things themselves. You can choose between universal glue, which is suitable for bonding most materials, and coloured glue for decoration. There are two different dimensions glue stick:

  • 7 mm diameter glue sticks provide a low glue flow and a thin glue jet for extra precision. They are good for decorating and when working with small parts, such as model building.
  • Oval glue sticks are for heat-sensitive materials such as polystyrene, silk, balloons and glass.These glue sticks have a lower temperature, up to 130 degrees.

Glue for creating and decorating

Fix and repair

These glue types are suitable for various home projects. For example, you can use them to fasten cables or mend shoes and china.

White, black and transparent universal adhesive are available, as well as special adhesives for specific materials, such as textiles, wood and plastic cable. Special adhesives give stronger adhesion between the components being bonded together.

The glue sticks are always 12 mm in diameter. Both short and long variants are available. Short glue sticks are good if you need a small amount of glue for your project, or if you need to change glue type while working.

Glue for fix and repair

Installation

These glue types are the right choice for those who have major projects that require a lot of glue. For example, you can glue skirting boards, panelling and architrave, install cables and seal cardboard boxes.

White and transparent universal adhesive are available, as well as special adhesives for specific uses, such as textiles, wood and plastic cable. Special adhesives give stronger adhesion between the components being bonded together. The glue sticks always have a diameter of 12 mm and are sold in a large package.

Glue for installation purposes

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