December 2001's
Glue of the Month

Scotch Tape!

We may be setting a precedent this month, but with the holidays soon upon us, we thought we should look at that all important material for wrapping your gifts-TAPE! We have resisted tape for some time, sticking exclusively to glue. But really, who uses glue to wrap gifts? So for December only, This to That has done some research on tape. Firstly we found that Scotch brand is practically synonymous for any clear tape. Since Richard Drew first invented Scotch Tape for 3M seventy five years ago, it seems no other company has come up with a comparable. So we set out to see what we could find out about the tape market today.

Firstly we found that Scotch tape is worth its name for strength, durability and selection. Other tapes did not compare. We were also surprised to discover just how many different versions of Scotch Tape there are on the market. We looked at Satin Tape, Magic Tape, Removable Tape (not recommended for gift wrapping) and Crystal Clear Tape. All hold up well, and are stronger than the paper they were used on. The Repositional Tape and the Magic Tape were the only ones that could be written on. All of them were as water proof as need be for wrapping paper. We tested these tapes on paper, glass, wood, and plastic and they all held well. We did find that the Satin Tape and the Magic Tape seemed to have a stronger bond. All tapes claim not to yellow over time. All tapes bonded instantly with no drying or curing time (an important consideration when wrapping gifts!) Scotch Brand Tape is consistently more expensive than other tapes, but it all comes down to the importance of that protective wrapping for your holiday gifts. Also, we feel we must mention that there are many other uses for Scotch tape as well.

Happy Holidays.

Past Glues of the Month
August 2003 - Mr. Sticky's Underwater Glue
April 2003 - P.C. Woody
January 2003 - Weld-on Adhesives and Cements
December 2002 - Krazy Glue with Skin Guard
November 2002 - Permatex Bullseye Windshield Repair
September 2002 - UHU "Twist & Glue"
August 2002 - Aleene's Platinum Bond Patio and Garden Adhesive
July 2002 - Gloozit Marine and RV Gloo
May 2002 - Jones Tones Plexi Clear Glue
April 2002 - Silicone-Be-Gone
March 2002 - Eggs
February 2002 - Rabbit Skin Glue by Gamblin Artist Colors
January 2002 - LePage's new Easy Flow System
December 2001 - Scotch Tape
November 2001 - Daptex Foam Sealant
October 2001 - Gelatin and Glycerin Glue
September 2001 - Crayola Project Glue
August 2001 - Waterweld
July 2001 - Yes Glue
June 2001 - Little Red Cap
May 2001 - Weldbond reprise
April 2001 - Stoneco Padding Glue
March 2001 - PascoFix
February 2001 - Quick Grab
January 2001 - Coccoina Colla Bianca
December 2000 - Royal Icing
November 2000 - Good Glue
October 2000 - Pros-Aide
September 2000 - Elmer's Galactic Glue
August 2000 - Microcrystalline Wax
July 2000 - LePage's Universal Adhesive
June 2000 - Tear Mender Fabric Leather Cement
May 2000 - Shoe Goo
April 2000 - Magic Goo Gone
March 2000 - Sure Hold Plastic Surgery
February 2000 - Gorilla Glue
January 2000 - Casein Glue (milk)
December 1999 - Aleene's Original "Tacky Glue"
November 1999 - Weldbond Universal Space Age Adhesive
October 1999 - Kryolan Spirit Gum
September 1999 - Elmer's Washable School Glue
August 1999 - Seal-All
July 1999 - Loctite 349 Impruv
June 1999 - Sikaflex
May 1999 - Yamato Sticking Paste
April 1999 - No More Nails
April Fools 1999 - Juicy Fruit Gum
March 1999 - Chair Doctor Glue by Veritas
If you've discovered a glue that you've grown attached to, please let us know. Maybe we can honor your glue in a future month.

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