I’m wrapping up Adhesive Week with a spray product. I hope you’ve found this week informative! Make sure you go back and read the other reviews if you’ve missed them!
There have been at least 3 times in the past month when I’ve been in the middle of a crafting dilemma- what glue to use? Wet is too WET sometimes, and there is only so many feet of dry adhesive you can use on one project. There are times when only a spray will do! And this month, Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive bailed me out!
Here’s the low-down: it’s an acid-free spray glue in an aerosol can. If you spray the glueÂ and press your surfaces together immediately, it’s a permanent bond. If you let it dry, it goes tacky…so then it’s repositionable. Versatile, right? You betcha.
Here’s the product info from the Elmer’s website:
Acid-free and photo safe. Allows for repositioning. Dries permanent. Fast tack – dries clear. Specially formulated for mounting items to a variety of surfaces, including plastics, photos, fabrics, paper, foil, cork, metal, wood, films, felt, foams, canvas, leather, glass, cardboard and foam rubber. Sprays wide to cover large areas. Resists “bleed-through”.
First a word on how to use it. While I followed the instructions on the can, it’s pretty basic: shake the can, open a window, put down newspapers. YES, it is an aerosol and there WILL be overspray. Sticky, sticky, sticky overspray. You are duly warned, so take precautions to protect the surrounding area, OK?
So here’s how I decided to swatch this product- I sprayed a sheet of corrugated cardboard with Multi-Purpose Spray Adhesive (henceforth to be known as MPSA) and attached various items when wet (from l-r: lightweight paper, metal charm, handmade paper, wood checker, cardstock, pom-pom, polymer clay button, and chipboard piece. (Which, by the way, I first sprayed with MPSA & then glittered.)
After an hour, I took this swatchboard and held it upside-down. Nothing fell off. I even tried pulling gently on everything, and all held fast. Even with moderate effort, the only thing that gave way was the polymer clay chip.
On ward to repositioning! This smaller swatch I sprayed and then left to dry. Again, it was tacky to the touch, so I tried the repositionable aspect- I tried stickingÂ circles of cardstock on & re arranging. I also tried foiling:
As you can see, it’s OK as a temporary adhesive, but it doesn’t stay tacky enough to grab the foil, even with burnishing. (No mind- read my review of The Best Glue Ever if you want a foiling glue.)
Curious how I’ve used it in the past month?
I used Multi-Purpose Spray Adhesive to bling-out these wood decor cut-outs from Total Class Creative. A quick spray, some gold hologram glitter, and viola- instant centerpiece.
When I made this book using the Grand Calibur and Grand Nestabilities, I wanted to use this pretty flocked paper over cardboard- but I didn’t want it to warp. So I sprayed cereal-box cardboard with MPSA, applied the flocked paper, then flipped it over and again, spray-glued and then covered the back side with some plain cardstock. THEN I cut it out- so I didn’t have to worry about getting adhesive all the way to the edge or glue seeping out the sides. Perfect.
Lastly, I used it to refresh my Cricut mats. So often I’m knee-deep into a project only to discover that my mat has lost it’s sticky. So I sprayed my mat lightly, let it dry and holy hallelujah, my mat lives to cut another day!
Here’s my breakdown of the positive and negative:
- Truly multi-surface- good for porous and non-porous materials.
- Won’t wrinkle paper.
- Acid-free, so it’s OK for heirloom projects.
- Dual use of permanent AND repositionable.
- Cleans off of skin with a baby wipe. (No special cleaners necessary.)
- Aerosol application makes it super-convenient.
- Comes in 4 oz or 11 oz cans, so you get a choice howÂ much to buy.
- Readily available at big box stores, craft stores, and online.
- Overspray- make sure you have newspapers or a big box to spray in.
- It’s sticky. (See above.)
- It’s an aerosol- not so earth-friendly!
- Flammable, so there are storage concerns for institutional crafters.
- Buying online is costly, due to shipping issues.
To sum it up, this is a product that is a MUST in my studio. I may not use it every day, but when you need it, you NEED it, know what I mean? You just might want to have a can handy!
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