“ Manufacturer: UHU / Type: Stationery „
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UHU is another item in the long list of stationary products from Germany which have migrated to other countries as well. I don't know how English speaking people pronounce the brand name, but I know how August Fischer, the inventor of the product pronounced it, namely oo-hoo (stress on the first syllable). In 1932 the German chemist discovered the formula for the first ready-to-use, crystal-clear synthetic resin adhesive in the world. He had his laboratory in Bühl, a small town at the foot of the northern end of the Black Forest. When he was thinking of a name for the new product, he came up with UHU (eagle owl or great horned owl in English), a bird typical for the region. Little did he know then that the brand name would develop into a by-word for this kind of glue in German speaking countries over the years. I haven't noticed any ads for it for some time, that can be coincidence or proof that it doesn't need advertising any more as everybody knows it already anyway.
The German ad slogan is brill 'Im Falle eines Falles/Klebt UHU wirklich alles' (roughly translated as 'In case of a fall/UHU glues all'). Not only does it rhyme, it also contains a pun, the German word 'Fall' means 'fall' and 'case'. The English one 'UHU glues anything, anytime' is exceptionally unsnappy in my opinion, how the product can be sold well with it in English speaking countries is beyond me. It must be the quality which sells. UHU All Purpose Adhesive can be used for universal applications at home, in the office, at school, for crafts etc. etc. From the homepage, "It glues many materials rapidly and durably. Its adhesive bond remains temporarily correctable and it does not wrinkle paper." Universal means that UHU glues wood, plastics, metal, glass, porcelain, ceramic, leather, rubber, felt, cork, fabrics, cardboard, paper. It's not suitable for PE and PP. The gluer is advised to clean the surfaces of the objects to be glued from dust and grease, to apply UHU thinly to one side only and then press the two sides together. To materials which are non-absorbent such as ceramic or coated paper UHU must be applied to both sides which must be left to dry, then a second coat of UHU must be applied and the parts pressed together. That's it.
I've always asked myself why the UHU firm has 14 different glues on offer if an *All Purpose* Adhesive exists. *All Purpose* should include everything, shouldn't it? My research on the net has led me to the site Interactive glue advisor (under www.uhu.com). The answer lies here. Whereas in the description of the All Purpose Adhesive the examples for glueable materials always mention two pieces of the same kind, here you can combine the most exotic things and are then led to the appropriate UHU product. Just for fun I virtually glued cork and leather, glass and lead and rubber and felt. No probs for the UHU peepz, they have what it needs. The All Purpose Glue can be seen as the proper glue for non-specialist uses.
I have a confession to make. I've found a use for the All Purpose Adhesive which isn't mentioned anywhere. But I know that I'm not alone, many years ago someone confided in me that they indulged in the same vice. When I was young, I used to peel off the hardened residue of the UHU glue sticking around the opening to chew it. I liked that very much. I can assure you, however, that UHU is not an entry drug, I haven't become a drug sniffer or a consumer of any other unhealthy substances. Over the years I've dropped the habit and am now UHU clean.
*My first review was on the German glue Pritt.
The product I am about to review is something that I have used for as long as I can remember, particularly as I was brought up in a craft loving family. I can vividly recall an occasion when I was probably around twelve years of age where I was sitting at the table in my grandmother's house where we were busy making Christmas cards.
Even though this was over thirty years ago I can remember saying to her "I absolutely love the smell of UHU" as I applied a small amount to a piece of cardboard. My grandmother looked at me with a startled expression on her face, snatched the tube from my hand and responded with "don't let me ever hear you saying that again!" It was only a few years later that I realised why she was so annoyed, as she no doubt had visions of me sitting in the corner during my teens with a tube stuck up my nose! Fortunately, I didn't turn out to be a glue sniffer, but I have to say that I still love the smell of UHU!
The product I own is contained within a 125 ml tube, which is bright yellow in colour with the huge black bold lettering of UHU running along its' entire length. As far as I can remember, the appearance is no different to when I was a child. My tube, which I purchased in Poundland, has been in my drawer for a good few years, as I find only a small amount is needed.
The box is identical to the tube other than the fact that we are provided with the slogan "Don't say glue ... say yoo hoo". The all purpose adhesive is manufactured in Germany and is suitable for sticking a multitude of surfaces, such as wood, china, glass, metal, felt, cardboard, fabric and paper.
The adhesive is clear and to use you need to unscrew the black lid, which tends to become rather clogged the more you use the product. In my experience the adhesive seems to have a mind of its' own and I frequently find that more than I actually need is dispensed. Another problem I find is that the adhesive starts to dispense the minute I unscrew the lid without me actually squeezing the tube. Whilst I do not participate in arts and crafts as much as I used to, I generally use this product for gluing felt onto the faces of toys for their eyes and nose and for when I make greetings cards.
The adhesive is extremely strong smelling and has sometimes caused my eyes to water. I find when using on surfaces such as felt or paper a thin application is sufficient where you need to wait for one minute and then press together. Care needs to be taken not to apply too much, particularly as the adhesive will squirt out from the undersides and will obviously spoil your work. A problem I have encountered on numerous occasions when sticking tiny felt eyes onto my toys is that if I use too much of the adhesive the felt will become hard.
Another problem I find with this glue is the sticky trail that it leaves behind, so great care needs to be taken where you should ensure that you wipe the application area on the item you are sticking, otherwise you'll find yourself covered!
I don't know what it is with tubes of UHU, but every tube I have used tends to sprout tiny holes and I subsequently find my hands covered in the stuff! However, it is best to leave the glue to dry as it is then easily removed and tends to peel away in a long trail.
Whilst the manufacturer states the adhesive is suitable for sticking metal and glass, I cannot comment on its' effectiveness, as this is not something I have done. However, I have on numerous occasions used the product to glue the pieces back onto an ornament that I've dropped and I've never experienced any problems, as I always find that they stick perfectly. I'm not sure about the staying power, as I'm always very cautious of ornaments that have been glued back together as in my opinion, super glue would be more effective, but unfortunately, I do not trust myself with any other adhesive other than UHU or Pritt!
Obviously, as this is an adhesive, it is flammable so should be kept well away from a naked flame and you should not smoke when using. I was surprised that there is no warning information on the box, such as keep out of reach of children and do not inhale when using.
I was also surprised to see that there is no recycling symbol on the box, but I am presuming this is due to the fact that mine is quite old. I'm unsure if the empty tube can be recycled after use and I would think probably not, particularly due to its' contents.
I have checked on Amazon for an up-to-date price and was somewhat shocked to discover how much this product has increased over the years. The same size tube as mine, namely 125 ml costs £4.21! I'm sure this product could be found much cheaper elsewhere and I would advise that I have frequently seen it in pound shops.
I would have awarded this product 5 stars but unfortunately, it loses one due to the fact that the tubes always develop numerous holes! Consequently UHU glue receives 4 out of 5 stars from me.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
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.