“ Manufacturer: UHU / Type: Stationery „
Having done art GCSE and completing many cardboard, card and paper sculptures, I have been heavily relying on PVA glue until I discovered UHU, which is now my weapon of choice when it comes to sticking two things together.
UHU comes in bright yellow packaging and can be found in a number of sizes, but the one I have is a large 125ml tube which I bought for just £1 at Poundland. The problem with this large tube is that you have to squeeze it lightly or a lot of glue will come out and you will be left in a sticky situation. Personally I recommend squeezing from the front (nearest to the mouth) as glue will dispense quickest there. If you squeeze it by the bottom where it is sealed, I find that there is a delay between the squeeze and the dispense of glue.
Whether it is sticking card, plastic or other materials, UHU can be used. All you have to do is squeeze a small amount on the join, wait a few seconds before attaching the two things and holding it in place for a short space of time. If it is plastic or other smooth materials, I would recommend holding it for longer; other absorbing surfaces can be held for less time. I would advise using masking tape to hold the items together if they are not too large so you can free your hands and avoid getting cramped fingers.
I have not had any problems with UHU and it seems to do the job extremely well. As it dries clear, it does not leave any nasty marks. However if you apply it badly and it goes everywhere, removal has to be quick, otherwise it will leave a trail like what a slug or snail does and that is not very pleasant.
Also if it gets on your hands you will feel a cool sensation which is probably the glue reacting with your skin and you should wash it off immediately. However, I find that (like PVA glue) it can be removed by slow abrasion given there isn't excess amounts. Also note that this product is flammable so keep away from fire.
I would highly recommend UHU as it is cheap, easy to use and rather reliable. The smaller tubes are probably the easiest to use and will cause least problems, so those are my top choice. As long as you are aware of the hazards and potential annoyances this product could cause, they can be avoided and you can be extremely happy with this product.
== Intro ==
Every now and then we find ourselves in a position whereby we need some glue, be it for a big job or a simple small operation. Choosing the correct glue for the job is very important unless the bond is not to be permanent. There are many different types of glue from contact adhesive to super glue to epoxy glues. There are also compounds which although strictly speaking are not glues in so much as they do not dry, but do crate a bond, these are used for jobs such as seals on engine components and the like. Super glues are used for a quick permanent bond as are the majority of contact adhesives. Another type of glue is the good old Prit Stick type, which creates a semi-permanent bond and can easily be repositioned if required. So check out which glue you require for the job in hand. One other popular method is the heated glue gun which uses sticks of glue and heats it to melting point so that it can be applied to the bond, this type sets quick and is a very solid and not very flexible bond. Generally speaking though most people either use super glue or a contact adhesive.
UHU comes in varying sizes of tube and the one I have reviewed is the 50ml tube, which is a bright yellow colour with large black lettering. The instructions for use come in a small leaflet supplied with the blister pack, and for added convenience are printed on the side of the tube. The instructions on the tube however will become illegible as you use the product and roll the tube as I tend to do. Rolling isn't necessary but it does keep the glue nearer to the end of the tube and negates the need to puch it from the bottom when required.
== Using the Product ==
For many of the gluing jobs I do it is the contact adhesive type of glue, which I tend to use most, and my preferred product in this range is UHU. One thing to remember whilst using this product is ventilation, the fumes are very overpowering and good ventilation is essential to avoid side effects such as getting quite dizzy and having that kind of drunken feeling. So you want to glue two pieces of whatever together.................plastic, wood, paper, metal, or indeed a combination of either. The first thing to do is to ensure the areas to be bonded are perfectly clean to get the best bond possible with whichever product you use. With an adhesive like UHU you simply apply a little of the product to each surface to be bonded. Wait for about ten minutes then firmly place the two surfaces together and hold in place for a minute or so. The bond will now be created due to the pressure/contact you are applying, a full set is not achieved for a few hours although you may still move the bonded parts, they should not separate if you have done the job correctly. After a few hours you will find it hard to undo the bond you have created, so any mistakes must be sorted before this time span has occurred. Otherwise you will have to start from scratch by separating and cleaning all over again. Therefore it is important that when you pace the surfaces together you get the accuracy you require straight away.
== Summary ==
UHU is currently available in a 50ml tube for £1 in Poundland; I have seen it in other major stores for substantially more than this. For your quid you are getting quality glue, which should serve you well for a long time. It will give you exceptional performance and create the bonds you require. It's easy to use and as long as you follow the simple instructions regarding both gluing and safety. I would not advise letting children use this product without very strict supervision, since it is inflammable and the fumes can cause some not very pleasant side effects. I have found that once you have left the glued surfaces for a day that it is very hard to separate thus proving it does a great job.................and only £1.