Product Type: Pritt household products
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Sticky paper - sticky fingers - but it works!
Member Name: SusanLesley
Advantages: Cheap, lasts a long time, works well
Disadvantages: A bit messy to use
In our home office there are various staple items (if you'll forgive the pun!) and one of these is a trusty Pritt Stick.
For those of you who don't know - I can't really believe that there are any - Pritt is a form of glue for use mainly with paper and cardboard.
The Pritt that I use comes in a mainly black and white tube containing 10g of glue and costs around £1.50 from all good stationers. There are larger sizes but, as I use mine infrequently, this size is ideal. It has an airtight top which stops the glue from drying out and I can vouch for this as one tube will last me for years at a time. Pritt is solvent free and is washable at 30 degrees. The tube itself is plastic and is recyclable once it is empty so that's good too.
The idea is that you remove the white top from the stick and then twist the black screw type affair at the bottom so that the solid glue emerges from the top of the container - a bit like and oversized white lipstick! You then wipe the end of the glue across the surface that you want to stick and a film of glue is transferred to that surface. All you then do is take the two surfaces that need to be stuck together and press them against one another and Bob's your uncle they stick to one another.
Years ago this used to be advertised as 'the non-sticky, sticky stuff' meaning that it was sticky for sticking paper but not sticky to use and you wouldn't get in a mess with it. To be fair I find this a somewhat over optimistic ideal - maybe I am naturally messy!
The glue itself is semi solid so that when I wipe it across the surface of a piece of paper it doesn't leave an even film of glue. It tends to come away in small stretchy lumps which then need to be smoothed out in order to get a good result. The end of the tube gets very messy too as there is invariably a stringy bit of glue left hanging from the end of the stick after use.
On the positive side I find that, if there is a corner that needs sticking, it is easy to get a bit of glue on the end of my finger to apply it where it is needed. Once I have finished using the glue I just have to wash my hands and the glue is cleaned away instantly and thoroughly.
In summary I would definitely recommend this glue as it works well and is good value for money. Having said that it isn't as clean and mess free to use as the manufacturers would have us believe but it is washable and won't cause any lasting damage.
Summary: I wouldn't be without my Pritt