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There can't be too many people around that have worked in an office that aren't familiar with Tipp-Ex correction fluid. The stationary cupboard at my place of work always has a plentiful supply on the shelf but in these days of computers and our IT department's quest for a paperless environment I'm surprised how popular it still is (and that my company still continues to buy it).
Tipp-Ex has been around since the late 1950's when a German company developed it as a correction aid for typists. Whilst the company has launched many other products since to compliment its range, the original correction fluid that comes in a hard white plastic bottle with a screw off cap has changed very little over the decades. These days Tipp-Ex is manufactured in France and is part of the BIC Group, who are a well known name in the world of stationary and general office supplies.
The bottle that I currently have on my desk bears a blue stick on label with the words "Rapid" and "Extra coverage" on it. This is doubtless some marketing strategy to trick me into thinking it is some kind of revamped wonder product but I think it's probably the same stuff I first dabbed on my school paperwork 30 years ago.
The correction fluid inside the bottle contains 20ml of a runny white liquid and when you unscrew the cap you will find that there is an applicator attached to it, this is a design that is similar to the bottles that nail varnish come in. The applicator has a foam sponge tip and this is used to apply the liquid onto the paper and cover up your error. It is necessary to only use a very small amount of the liquid and this should be left to completely dry out. Once it is completely dry you can then write over with biro, or type over if you have a manual type writer. Prior to using the fluid you should make sure that you shake the bottle well and use the sponge tip on the end of the brush to remove any excess fluid. The sponge tip to the brush is one recent subtle design change and this is a big improvement on the former brush.
Tipp-Ex has a strong solvent smell to it as it contains aliphatic solvents and it is also highly flammable so some care needs to be exercised when using it, but the main hazard I find is that if you get it on your hands then it is difficult to wash off. It should be stored in a cool place.
I find that a fresh bottle of Tipp-Ex does usually do its job satisfactorily but unfortunately even if it is tightly re-sealed after use the product still has a disappointingly short shelf life and I often come to use my bottle and find that it's dried up and no longer any use. Tipp-Ex do produce a solution to this problem, which is a liquid that dilutes dried up Tipp-Ex and claims to return it back to it's former self. I've tried it many years ago and found it to be expensive and not particularly much good at what it claims to do, so when my Tipp-Ex dries up I simply throw it in the bin and replace it with a fresh bottle.
The main tip when using Tipp-Ex is to make sure that it has completely dried out on the paper and this can take a frustratingly long time to happen. I usually nip off to make a cup of coffee whilst I'm waiting and even when I return it often isn't fully dry. If you try to write over it before it is fully dry you will be left with a messy smudge on the paper. I also sometimes find that one application isn't quite thick enough to cover up all of the ink and after it's dried you find you can still see the original mistake beneath. In these cases another application is needed and it's another frustrating wait. This leads me to conclude that perhaps the present fluid isn't quite as thick as it used to be in the good old days of my youth.
Overall I think Tipp-Ex is a very good, practical product but it's one that now exists in a diminishing market. At around £1.25 per bottle it's also quite expensive so whilst I'm happy to help myself to an endless supply of this from the stationary cupboard where I work it isn't something I'd ever pay for with my own money.
Small white hard plastic bottle with screw top lid.
Blue label with red and white name.
20 mls and highly flammable.
Made in USA.
Shake well and keep tightly closed.
Contains aliphatic solvent.
£1.50 currently on Amazon.
This correction fluid has been on sale for many years and was mostly used by typists for correcting their work before word processors and personal computers arrived on the scene.
With hardly anyone using typewriters these days you would think that there would be no demand for Tipp Ex any more but surprisingly people still buy it.
I always try and have one bottle in my drawer of office supplies. Not for the original use as I do not have a typewriter any more but I still find I use Tipp Ex to correct minor errors in my paperwork.
I print out minutes and newsletters for our local history group and also do posters for various village events and with the cost of printing ink being rather expensive, if I have only made a minor error such as with a date or time I will often just correct my work with some Tipp Ex rather than re-printing the whole lot again - especially if the posters have lots of colour printing on them as well. Obviously this does not look as professional as re-printing the work but it is a balance as to whether I can get away with it if it is just a minor change or not. This would not be used on any special letters or paperwork but for some circulars that are just going to a few people round the village that do not have access to emails I find it is worth using.
The bottle of Tipp Ex does not appear to have changed at all over many years - inside the screw top lid used to be a little brush on a stick attached to the lid - just like a bottle of nail varnish. However I have noticed that my last few bottles no longer have a brush but has a tiny wedge of sponge foam instead - this is just as good as the brush used to be and is probably a little better to use.
I do not bother buying other cheaper brands of correcting fluid as I prefer to buy a brand I know and trust. This white fluid will cover any errors quite well and dries quickly, so that you can then write over it - but made sure you use a ball point pen and not a fountain pen. It does not exactly make your mistake invisible but it is serviceable enough to avoid you having to print out everything again, though it will still show up that a mistake has been corrected.
When using the fluid shake the bottle first and then rub the sponge tip against the top of the bottle to remove the excess or you will end up with a large blob of white on your paper..
If you have had your bottle for a year or so you may find that it starts to get gloopy and lumpy - this happens if you have used some and the air in the bottle will start reacting with the fluid. However I find my bottle will last a year or two as you never actually use it all but if you have had it many years it will get lumpy so it is then time to replace t.
===Would I Recommend?===
Although I personally prefer to use a Tippex mouse or the micro tape to cover up mistakes, in work they supply the old fashioned Tippex fluid bottles. Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, or be generous enough to bring my own preferred option in, I succumb to their choice and use this in work.
The fluid comes in a little bottle, with a lid which contains either a brush or a foam pad to use as an applicator. I would rather use the brush myself, but the ones we have are the foam pad ones, which I find don't cover the intended writing particularly well, although it does allow a good amount of control over what it is you're covering.
Being a fluid, this stuff not only smells vile and draws attention to the fact you're using it "Look colleagues, I've made a mistake!", but it also takes a little while to dry fully to allow you to be able to write over it. This is a bit annoying for me, because most of the time my head is like a sieve, and I will frequently forget what it was I was going to write over the Tippex by the time it is dry.
The other issue with the fluid is that it tends to get a bit congealed and nasty towards the bottom of the bottle. You can get Tippex thinning solution, but as work supply these we just tend to use them until they either run out or get completely clogged up. For this reason, we try to just have a couple on the go at any one time, and encourage people to share, rather than everyone having a bottle on their desk and risking them all drying up through lack of use.
Overall, I find the Tippex fluid the least convenient way of covering up mistakes. It's messy, it smells, it takes an age to dry, and even then it isn't overly smooth to write on. Although it's good for emergencies, I much prefer the correction tape as it solves the problems I've just mentioned. I guess it is for this reason that the fluid Tippex is cheaper than the tape, costing around £1 for a bottle.
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We always have a bottle of correction fluid in as the kids are doing course work etc. Tipp Ex isn't encouraged and half the time stuff is completed on the computer, but they do still do at lot of writing. Work looks much neater fluid corrected than scribbled out, also a lot of writing is done in actual English text books and space is limited for scribbled out work so Tipp Ex is essential. I too have a surprising need for a correction fluid. I book keep for hubby's business which means lots of writing down figures in preparation for the accountant. After hours of adding I do start to get stir crazy resulting in mistakes. Scribbles look messy and confuse me further so I do like to completely hide mistakes from myself- that's were Tipp Ex comes in. I have tried cheap alternatives but it's not expensive to buy so buying cheap inferior fluid isn't necessary. It's widely available for around £1-£1.50 my last one being from Tesco.
Tipp Ex is a quick drying 'High quality correction fluid'. It comes in a small 20ml white bottle- like a nail polish. The label is blue and tells us about the product. These days the small brush (attached to the lid on a stick- again like nail polish but not a good idea as a nail polish as it's hard to get off.....) applicator has been replaced by a foam wedge and it does make for a smoother application. The correction fluid is brilliant white so no good for corrections on paper other than white. It smells too but that soon evaporates. Tipp Ex is flammable so needs to be used with caution.
To use you just give it a good shake then 'paint' a thin coat over your mistake. With dark ink to mask I find it better to do a couple of thin coats rather than one thick one as a thick coat can eventually start to flake off. It is very quick drying, more so than it used to be. I can write over it within a minute a quick blow drying it even faster. As long as it is completely dry, writing over it poses no problem. Biro is fine as is ink pen and felt tip- covering some felt tip over can make it bleed underneath requiring extra layers- but that's okay just takes a bit longer to do. I have used it for a couple of other things for example touching up paint work and writing names pencil cases etc.
It does a have a tendency to go a bit thick and lumpy in the bottle after a few months of use, but is still use-able if a little thick on the paper. Sometimes the lid can 'glue' to the bottle too so can be tricky to open. Tipp Ex has a tendency to discolour over time slightly yellowing but still masks previous mistakes with the corrected writing still readable on top.
Would I recommend? Yes
5 STARS from me
Nostalgia is a big thing for me these days. I listen to music from when I was at school, or college. I watch programmes on Telly like The Professionals, The Sweeny, Porridge, Yes Prime Minister. I see chunky great big computer tapes whirling on spools, dial telephones, mobiles the size of house bricks, and I remember a simpler time.
Some things are of their time. They age badly. Giant shoulder pads on women. Ponytails. Flares. Denim everything. Toya Willcox. Other things age extremely well. Much of the things listed in the first paragraph for a start. Something else that has also aged well is Tip-ex. Against all odds, this little marvel has survived the demise of the manual typewriter across the first world.
Increased computerisation first at the office and then at home, with the ability for students to save their work at home, send to school and print it off there has resulted in a generation that are less used to writing with a pen then any that came before it in the last hundred years. A further nail in the coffin of the written word has been the explosion in mobile phone technology leading onto other hybrid devices. Then there is social media.
Tipp-ex as a company was founded in Germany in 1959. It was developed specifically to allow for corrections on typewritten paper. The organic solvent used as a thinner in Tipp-ex was turned out to be an atmosphere thinner as well. Additionally, there were more immediate fears for children using it as it could be used as solvent abuse. Production was switched to a ozone friendly hydrocarbon instead.
As a product, it is extremely simple to use. Unscrew the lid, which has a built in brush. Wipe off the excess and apply carefully. It hardens rapidly, allowing you to write on top after about 60 seconds. It will be blindingly obvious to anyone that you've used Tipp-ex, but it does allow you to correct a mistake, and that is the aim. For £1 a 20ml bottle, it remains good value.
The range has been expanded greatly. There's a Tipp-ex application pen, a mouse that dispenses strips of tape. Even the original brush became a wedge shaped foam applicator (Or if you are American, App-li-cay-TORE). Tipp-ex is moving with the times, and as a result had survived them.
I try not to use this on my more important documents because it makes a mess, and looks incredibly ugly. However, for rough notes or minor mistakes on less important documents this works quite well, and it does cover the ink quite well. Little blobs of this on smudges or incorrect use of punctuation is very effective, but don't go using it to cover such words as "incomprehensibility" - because that's going to look very obvious and very ugly.
The fluid smells quite strongly and does leave a lingering smell for a few seconds. This stuff doesn't smell too pleasant but equally it isn't overpoweringly rancid. The smell soon dissipates after slapping it on a bit of paper, unless you rub your nose right up close to the paper you wont be able to smell it.
The fluid is white in the bottle and does look like white paint, but when it dries on the paper is is very slightly darker and after a good couple of weeks it starts to turn slightly yellow too. If left for months, it will turn crumbly and if your paper is crinkled, it can be cracked apart and rubbed off.
For the best results you should shake before use and get it all mixed up inside, especially if you've haven't used it in a while. The fluid lasts for hundreds of corrections and you only need to wipe it on once with a few blobs or lines around it where the fluid hash't reached. Leave to dry, or blow dry with your mouth.
The bottle is very strong and can't be cracked easily. Throwing it around the office does not damage at all, not even a dent on the bottle. The lid is very secure and can be tightly locked in place. It also has ridges on the lid for extra grip when opening again. The stick is strong too, and while it can be bent, it wont break off just by general use.
The brush is made from soft foamy sort of stuff, its very absorbent so squeezing it at the edge of the bottle is a good idea to stop this dripping on your paper. The fluid itself is quite thick and bubbles seem to appear every time i open it. These are only small but somehow they appear when i don't even shake it?
Overall this is quite a useful thing to have around the office but i wouldn't go mad with this stuff, it can make documents look messy if overused, or if you apply too much. It lasts for hundreds of minor corrections like covering up semi colons; when you make a punctuation mistake like that.
Tipp-ex has been around for as long as i remember really. I remember always having to use it at school whenever i made a mistake. Just yesterday i wrote in a birthday card and got distracted and ended up writing 'happy happy birthday'. Yeah normally i wouldn't worry about it and laugh it off but it was for my other halfs gran! I didn't have time to go get a new card so dug in the desk in our telephone desk to get the good old tipp-ex. Probably the first time i've used it in years.
I'm sure we all know what tipp-ex is and how to use it, but basically it is a chemically correction fluid that comes in a miniture bottle. You unscrew the lid of the bottle and a brush is attached to the underside of the lid which is left dipping in the fluid of the bottle when shut. The lid can be difficult to un-do when you first open it. The fluid does smell very chemically but its not too overpowering because you only use a little bit at a time anyway. The fluid needs to be applied very lightly or else it lumps up and when you come to write over it again your pen can go right though it. When used properly it allows you to write over the applied bit of paper. I haven't had to buy a new bottle of tipp-ex for a long time now because a bottle will last for ages. Literally probably had the same bottle for nearly 20 years now lol. Probably owing to the advance in the use of computers meaning that writing letters, etc, is not done these days i guess. I think it costs around £2 a bottle though which is great value really considering how long a bottle lasts for. Most products seem to have cheap brand own supermarket versions but i've yet to see another version of tipp-ex. Maybe they have patented the idea...
I've used Tip-ex for years and to be honest, there are possibly better things out there to erase mistakes, such as correction tape, which is a lot less messy, yet despite this, I still do keep going back to Tip-ex. I always have a bottle or two of this in the house, on my computer table and another in my daughter's stationery drawer and it's just a really useful item to have around the house. I use Tip-ex mainly at work, though recently, with cut backs, the company have been buying a cheaper, unbranded correction fluid, which simply just isn't as good as Tip-ex.
I buy Tip-ex from Sainsbury's or Tesco's, and it's usually situated in the stationery aisle and costs anywhere between £1.20 to £1.50. It comes in a small little plastic bottle with a screw top lid and on the lid itself is the applicator brush, which is designed to be lightly brushed over mistakes and left to dry. Once fully dried, the surface can be re-written over. The trick though is making sure the fluid has completely dried off before you try to write over the top, otherwise you are left with a messy lump and you'll need to go over it again. It's for this reason that I actually prefer to use correction tape as there is no drying time.
One thing that slightly annoys me about using Tip-ex is that it has a terrible tendency to go thick and lumpy. You'd be forgiven for thinking that this would only happen if the top hadn't been tightened sufficiently. Actually, this is not the case, and I have personally found that on lots of occasions, despite my having made absolutely sure that the top is very tight, the fluid soon becomes very thick and gloopy next time I go to use it. In fact, it's become so thick and gloopy that it's often been almost impossible to use.
Unlike correction tape, Tip-ex also has an annoying tendency to dry slightly lumpy and this can make documents and paperwork look messy and unprofessional. It's still something I have in the house though and I do go back to using it out of habit, more than anything else. It's fine so log as you are going to use a bottle quite quickly, but it's not an item that will keep or have a very long shelf life once it's been opened.
I give it three out of five stars.
Ok hands up those of you who haven't heard of Tipp-ex or haven't ever had cause to use it?
WHAT IS IT?
Tipp-Ex is a popular brand of white correction fluid which has been around now since the mid 60s. I've been working since the 80s and having always worked in offices, I can't think of a single office environment where Tipp-Ex was not available until more recently when cheaper brands are probably more common.
Tipp-Ex having been around for so long is what most people call correction fluid in the UK. I've always just referred to is as Tipp-Ex as it's what I am used to calling it. Only in recent times when working with colleagues only recently arrived in the UK have I heard people asking for correction fluid.
HOW DOES TIPP-EX WORK?
Tipp-Ex (the correction fluid) comes to you in a 20ml bottle just under 3 inches high with an easy to remove lid housing the applicator (although the older version was 30ml with an easily distinguishable red label). The instructions on the bottle advise you to shake before use, which is something I always do personally. The actual applicator is not unlike a nail polish applicator but instead of applying on your nails, you apply the fluid over hand-written or typed mistakes. One coat usually does the trick and you then need to wait 15 seconds or so for it to dry before writing over again. You can only really write over Tipp-Ex with a ball point pen, as ink roller ball pens or fountain pens (if anyone still uses those) won't work on a surface which has been "Tipp-Ex-ed" over.
It's recommended that one replaces the applicator back in the bottle straight after use as left open the fluid will get thicker and harder to use, in some cases, even impossible to use if left open as the fluid will become solid.
Over the years, I've seen people use Tipp-Ex for various other reasons than for what it was intended, I've seen people use it as nail polish (!!!) which was rather odd as you can buy white nail polish which gives a decent gloss for less than the cost of Tipp-Ex. I've seen people use it on white skirting boards to cover up smudges rather than using paint or even on white walls where someone has left a mark or a child has scribbled on a surface with pens. I've even seen someone using Tipp-Ex on a scratch on their white car which I found very amusing and "different".
I also recall years ago there was a big fuss about schools trying to ban the use of Tipp-Ex on school premises due to the worry of students sniffing it (it has a quite distinctive smell) or using it to graffiti on school property.
In this day and age where people mostly type their correspondence on a computer screen with a word processor, Tipp-Ex and other correction fluids are not as prevalent as in previous decades. Personally I would never send a business letter out with Tipp-Ex on it. One would just make the correction on screen and print the document again. Personally I always have a bottle of Tipp-Ex at home and use it to make corrections when hand-writing things like envelopes.
Previously the Tipp-Ex applicator was more of a brush type, as mentioned like a nail polish but in recent years the applicator is more of a sponge type. I imagine its redesign was to make it easier and smoother to apply. I have personally found the sponge applicator definitely better to use than the previous version.
Amongst the ingredients found in Tipp-Ex are aliphatic isoparaffinic hydrocarbon, aliphatic hydrocarbon and titanium dioxide. The ingredients are not actually listed on the bottle itself and it was difficult even finding the names of the ingredients that I've mentioned. The bottle does give a warning though that the product is highly flammable and is an irritant. It also advises you that it is dangerous to the environment.
I would also mention that it is not advisable to apply Tipp-Ex to your skin, definitely avoid your eyes and absolutely do not try to taste it!
As a brand Tipp-Ex is probably the best one out there, I've tried other brands of correction fluid and found them to be runnier and needing more than one coat to cover your error. So I'm happy to give Tipp-Ex a decent 4 out 5 stars.
At the time of writing Tipp-Ex can be purchased for anything ranging from £1.70 to £3.50 a bottle.
Sadly Tipp-Ex is not as essential a product in the office as it once was but still, as I said previously, I haven't come across an office environment that doesn't have a bottle of stuff floating around somewhere, or in some cases cheaper brands of correction fluid.
My work life and home life both consist around lots of computer work and keeping accurate records. I keep a written list of all freelance work that I do and one of the large companies that I work for often send me lots of work at the end of the day. As I do one listing per company per day that I do work for them I always have to make corrections. This is my main reason for using Tippex at home and at work I use Tippex when we are writing up customer appointments and don't want to have lots of scribbles all over the place or keep asking head office to send us further copies of paperwork that we are not able to print ourselves.
In the past I've used cheaper brands of Tippex, as we have at work, but none of them have ever come up to the quality that you get from Tippex. Tippex is a correction fluid that you wipe over pen writing and it dries and leaves you with a flat clear surface to write on again. It does usually show up that you've used correction fluid as you'll always notice a difference between the colour of the correction fluid and the paper the writing was written on.
This Tipp-Ex is a little bottle with a screw top. Within the top you remove there is an applicator for applying the correction fluid. This applicator is a great improvement on the brush that used to come in this correction fluid and it makes it easy to apply this fluid. Because of the edge of this foam applicator I find it very simple to cover small words or larger sentences with ease. Often I am crossing out just a small piece of information when at home but when I am at work I am crossing out several lines of customer information and telephone numbers etc. This works effectively regardless of the volume that I am crossing out and a simple dip in the pot adds more fluid with ease. The applicator holds a generous amount of fluid but not so much that it starts to drip everywhere when it is in use. I always make sure that I give the applicator a gentle wipe on the side of the pot just to make sure that there aren't drips everywhere as I don't like making a mess with this.
What I love in particular about this product is that one coating is enough. Just brush it over the area you want to 'erase' and then leave it to dry for a few minutes. You can then write back over this although I normally leave it while I'm away to lunch or making a cup of tea just to make sure it has dried fully. I cannot see the pen underneath this at all and only once have I ever needed a double coat and that is just because I was being a real perfectionist and the pen underneath was showing through slightly because it was so thick.
This correction fluid dries quickly and efficiently and I am able to write on it with no problems at all. It does not crack, does not fail to dry properly and it does not dry thin either. I nearly always use ball point pens to write over the top of this and it does not give me any issues at all.
I am going to give this 5/5. I feel that it is a real quality product and it is worth every penny. I pay around one pound each because I usually buy in multi-packs from Staples and I'm sure that my employer pays even less as they buy large quantities. This works very well, it is simple to write on, dries with ease and doesn't have a nasty smell to it like some of the cheaper ones do. In all it does the job fantastically and I've no reason to try anything else.
I work in an office a few days of the week as well as working from home the rest and stationary unfortunately is a big 'must' for me. At the office the company provides for it so all I need to do is take the short trip to the stock room and replenish low supplies. We don't get a say in what brand is bought but of course my colleagues and I regularly advise the buyer of stationary what items are actually worth spending a little more on as we are the ones that use it on a regular basis. One item which we all seem to agree on is correction fluid and the brand should be Tipp-Ex.
Yes, what an exciting life I lead but when working in an office you need decent stationary that does the job well. My Tipp-Ex product of choice is the Tipp-Ex Rapid Correction Fluid Fast-drying with Foam Applicator from now on known as Tipp-ex Rapid as it is much easier to type! I use Tipp-Ex rapid on a daily basis and although have used cheaper alternatives I have always come back to this product. I have used Tipp-Ex products for years and have remained quite loyal.
Tipp-Ex is quite a well known brand especially if you work in an office, it almost seems that having a Tipp-Ex product is a standard office staple which every desk seems to have and of course mine does. Tipp-Ex have a range of correction products whether you want liquid in the form of a brush or pen and even the mouse which dispenses the white correction in a strip. The Tipp-Ex Rapid really replaced the famous Tipp-Ex liquid with a brush simply because it could be a bit messy and quite wasteful.
The Tipp-Ex Rapid comes in a small white plastic bottle with a screw on top which holds the applicator. Like all Tipp-Ex products them colour theme is blue, white and red and on the front of the bottle it features an image of the foam applicator itself as well as the Tipp-Ex font logo and the product name. On the back of the bottle there is a small amount of information on the product, how to use and warnings but of course the size of the bottle is small and they have tried to squeeze on as much information as possible but it serves a purpose.
Tipp-Ex Rapid is basically a white correction fluid with a fast drying formula hence the word 'rapid' in its product name. It has been specially formulated for all types of paper so can be quite versatile depending on what material you use it on. It comes with an applicator which is a small wedge of foam which apart from being easy to use it doesn't clog up like the original brush. The foam wedge is incredibly small and ideal for striking out words either written in manuscript or typed on a piece of paper as it provides a straight line (as long as your careful!).
It really isn't rocket science to use Tipp-Ex Rapid as all you need to do is unscrew the top and then apply to what you need correcting as the applicator is attached to the top. The correction fluid is of course pure white in colour and has no smell to it whatsoever. I generally use it when needing to strike out a word if I am drafting a document or trying to amend plans both in colour and black and white as I find it can be incredibly accurate when being careful. Although I do find that the first few uses you can get more fluid then necessary and you can end up with a big blob of white liquid on your paper.
However, if you carefully press the foam applicator against the top of the bottle and let a little of excess run back into the bottle there is still enough on the foam to be applied. I generally find that I only need to apply it once to get a complete white covering which doesn't show any ink/pencil underneath the white correction layer so I can easily write over the top of it. Tipp-Ex Rapid does live up to it's name as it does dry incredibly quickly - that is as long as you have carefully applied a thin layer as using too much will mean that it just won't dry quickly nor will it dry evenly as one thin layer dries flat and smooth to the paper.
When applying just a normal thin layer I have found that it doesn't chip, peel or crack which is useful especially as I generally have to write over it. I find that any biro pen easily writes of the top of the correction fluid as do coloured pencils and felt tips although with coloured felt tips the colour isn't as bright so I do have to be careful when marking up plans in colour but for draft work it is absolutely fine. When using Tipp-Ex Rapid it doesn't splash onto the paper so I don't have to worry about it staining other parts of the document that I am working on which is obviously a bonus.
Overall, the Tipp-Ex Rapid Correction Fluid Fast-drying with Foam Applicator literally does what it says on the bottle. It works well for me and does the job I need it to without any problems whatsoever. Definitely one product I can easily recommend and award 5 stars. Definitely a must have for any office worker spend a little more for a product you won't end up wasting as it does the job it was intended for.
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Price: £1.91 inc Vat from Viking (Oct 2012)
Availability: Supermarkets, stationary stores etc
Misc: Non-ozone depleting
Tip-ex has to be my pet hate of all stationary supplies. I had it when I was school and always found it made a bigger mess than I had created in the first place and the best way to deal with errors was just to put a neat line through the mistake. Over the years I have tried several sorts of Tip-Ex, including the one in the picture above and also the squeezy pen types, which I have had even less success with as I always ended up squeezing too much out.
I do see that occasionally there is a need for Tip-ex and sometimes I have to use it on documents at work. When I last needed my Tip-ex I discovered it had started to dry up although its only about a year old and I use it very infrequently, about once a month if that. I had to go out and buy a new one, which did work quite well and the foam brush covered the mistake after two coats. As this was an original document I was extra careful and left the first coat to dry for about 10 minutes before adding the second coat. One coat didn't cover the mistake adequately, but the second coat did a good cover up without any gloopy messes occurring.
One thing I have noticed that the foam brush covers more evenly and is easier to use than the old fashioned brush sort which I used to get when I was at school. I am guessing this is a design improvement, definitely for the better. I would have thought though that the Tip-ex itself would last longer if the lid is kept on and well sealed, which mine was, but still they don't seem to last even a year, which is a bit annoying for an infrequent user like me. I paid about £1.50 for my last one from Rymans, which isn't expensive, still I don't really want to have to keep buying it because it doesn't keep.
I really hate to see Tip-ex on documents, I think it looks messy. A really good Tip-ex job can look not too bad but too often it's not dried properly before someone writes on top and then ends up being half scrapped up within the word or letters. Also once the Tip-ex has started to dry out it is impossible to get a smooth finish on the paper. All in all it's a necessity to keep in as sometimes in my work it is needed, but generally I stick well clear and prefer to "own up" to my mistakes with a simple line though the wrong word.
Tipp-Ex is a brand that's been around for a while, and I believe it first came in to production in around 1965, becoming available in over 150 countries. It's one of those well-known names that I can't imagine anyone not knowing, whether they use it or not, because it's that popular.
This review is for the bottle of correction fluid, but you can get Tipp-Ex in other formats depending on your needs/preference, including correction tape and correction pens. I like the traditional bottle, especially since the improvement of the applicator.
This still comes in the small white bottle that holds 20ml with a blue and red design label on the front, but the change over the years can be seen with the applicator itself. On the front we're told this is 'rapid' and provides 'extra coverage', whilst on the back it's kept nice and simple by just telling us that this is white correction fluid that needs to be shaken before use.
The product is highly flammable and it's also an irritant so make sure to keep it away from eyes, and it's also bad for the environment, with a little picture of a dead fish in a lake to prove the point. It still has quite a potent smell so it's not surprising to know it's quite powerful.
Tipp-Ex Rapid Correction Fluid is designed to cover ink , quickly hiding unwanted errors like they never happened with a white fluid. The idea is that you cover it over, it dries quickly and then you can re-write over it if you wish. It's very simple to use and the key part really is to shake well before use, just to make sure you get a decent consistency when you apply the fluid. Twist off the lid and the applicator is part of this at the bottom of the stick; rather than a brush, which is what it used to be, it's now a foam applicator. Smooth this over what you want to cover and leave to dry, which depends in part on how much fluid you've put on because you want a smooth layer that's not too thick. In a few minutes it should be dry, and you can then, hopefully, write smoothly over it.
I find that sometimes this comes out quite thinly, meaning the ink is still visible underneath. Another layer usually does the trick, and I prefer to do it this way rather than just apply a lot of fluid the first time around otherwise it takes a while to dry and is rather blobby to look at. I find that the application is very smooth because the foam applicator allows for less gunkiness than the brush did, and you can be a little more accurate with it by brushing off excess in the pot before applying or using the edges to apply if you need a more specific application. Writing over it is usually quite smooth too, though obviously it's not like writing on paper, so do use caution if you're doing this on an important document. You can tell when something has been tipp-ex'd out because of the bright white left on the page, which often makes your paper look dirty in comparison! However, I wouldn't necessarily say it's massively noticeable because the application is smooth enough that you can't really see blotches or bumps (again, unlike with the brush where I often found bumps here and there).
The foam applicator is a huge improvement in my opinion and it doesn't splay, nor does it seem to harden, so as long as you've given the bottle a good shake it should be quite effective. I also find that a small bottle lasts for quite a while, though I guess it does depend on how mistake-prone you are! Tipp-Ex seems to be a popular choice for use in schools, but I'd also say it's very useful in offices and at home, so it's a handy little thing to keep in as you never know when you might need to use it.
All in all, I would recommend this for mistakes as it does the job with a better foam applicator, but expect a strong smell, for it to take a little while to dry, for it to be noticeable and potentially for writing over it to not be entirely smooth.
These can be bought individually for around £1.99 (Rymans) for the 20ml bottle.
I am currently completely a Cache course in childcare along with a NVQ in Health and Social care so needless to say I have a lot of paperwork to get through. I tend to like to word process my work however some of the things that I do whilst at my course or whilst I'm at work is handwritten and of course like anyone I make mistakes so always have a bottle of Tipp-ex on the go.
I bought my current bottle when I was shopping in Asda but you can buy it all over and it really isn't hard to find. The most recent bottle I have came with a plastic covering on the front attached to a cardboard piece but I have also seen the bottles been sold loose, a bottle of Tipp-ex usually costs about £1.50.
The bottle of fluid is only about a couple of inches tall, it is made of white plastic and has a white plastic screw cap lid which has the brush on the underneath.
To use the product simply unscrew the cap and you will find there is a small foam piece attached to a stick on the underneath, dip the foam in the bottle and then drain off any excess against the top of the bottle and then paint over your mistake. You need to be careful where you are draining off the excess as if it drips down the side of the bottle and you don't use it for a while you can find the top becomes stuck and hard to open.
The liquid is not to thick unless you have had it for a long time and not too thin so it doesn't drip too much, you use to get a brush like what you would apply nail varnish with instead of the foam but this dripped more which may be why the makers change the brush to foam.
The liquid is white in colour to match typing paper but you can still tell where you have used it and sometimes you need a couple of layers to cover up mistakes. The worst thing I find is waiting for the Tipp-ex to dry and I have been know to forget to go back to correct the mistake in my work.
I think Tipp-ex is a good product to have but I still prefer my work to be word processed as I like it to look neat, Tipp-ex is a great products for correcting mistakes without leaving a mess it's just a shame it takes that long to dry and it smells pretty strong too.
WHAT IS IT?
White correction fluid that is supplied in a small bottle. It is for painting over mistakes you make when you are writing or typing.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
When you notice a mistake you just wipe over it with the Tippex. You use it like nail polish and the sponge applicator is stuck into the lid of the Tippex, this was a lot better when it was a brush instead of the sponge but the sponge makes it look less obvious that you've used correction fluid. It goes on in a very thin layer so I have to wait for it to dry and go over the mistake again, that's because the fluid soaks into the sponge and doesn't go so thick as when it used to have a brush.
WHAT I THINK
Tippex is much more time consuming now because of having to build the layers up but I think it looks neater than having a thick and shiny layer like Tippex used to leave. It covers all mistakes eventually apart from if you are writing using a thick black pen and then you might not be able to remove it all. Most of my mistakes come when I am writing up client notes and because they are only for my reference I don't mind leaving small marks but if it is something more official then I avoid using Tippex at all.
The smell is still quite strong and I thought they would have made it less so by now, the fluid also drys to a dusty finish so you can write directly over it without risking your writing smudging like always used to happen with the old Tippex because that was much shinier when it dried.
I don't use Tippex very often but it doesn't dry up in the bottle as long as the lid is on tight, the bottle I'm using now is over a year old and when I took it out of the drawer it was still a useful liquid but had gone a bit thicker over the months.
3 Dooyoo Stars.