Product Type: UHU Art / Craft
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UHU 38106 All Purpose Adhesive
Member Name: MALU
UHU 38106 All Purpose Adhesive
Date: 13/04/12, updated on 15/04/12 (207 review reads)
Advantages: does what it promises
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.
Summary: a German quality glue