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Stick with it, it is first class
Bostik Blu Tack
Member Name: originl
Bostik Blu Tack
Advantages: Strong, cheap, reusable
Disadvantages: Stains walls
Invented in 1971, Blue-tack is the only product to use when sticking lightweight items to a wall.
Named after its colour (blue) the stretchy rubbery adhesive comes in a cardboard packet clearly labelled with its brand name and directions of use on the reverse. Inside you'll find the blue-tack in protective wrapping, simply to stop it sticking to everything it touches (this is easy to peel off).
Blue-tack has a great ability to stick many things for the wall, but is easy to remove when you no longer wish for it to be there. For me, it is hard to imagine a world without blu-tack as I have used it for as long as I can remember. From a child sticking up my football posters all over my room (literally, all over), to a teenager using it to stick my Paul McCartney concert ticket in place in a picture frame to an adult when I occasionally use it to remove lint from my clothes or stick my monthly planner on my wall in work. What is even more remarkable is that blue-tack is reusable for years, adding it to more blue-tack for hanging up heavier items for example, or splitting it up for something lighter. Once stuck on a surface the blue-tack seems to last forever (and it is surprisingly strong for the amount needed), holding up the item for as long as you like, although its reusability can sometimes run out when moisture dries up over a number of years.
Unfortunately, this great product does have its downside. The stains that it can leave on walls and paper are impossible to get out and look quite unpleasant. There is also the rare case of it being too strong and taking paper with it, again, this isn't its best trait.
However, this cheap reusable product has been a great for years and I will continue to use it. As I've mentioned, I can't remember a time without blue-tack in the house and yet I can't ever remember buying more than one packet. Recommended
Summary: Excellent product