What Is Tacky Glue?

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Tacky glue can be used for simple paper projects and household repairs.
Tacky glue can be used for simple paper projects and household repairs. (Image: "#48 : reuse, renew, recycle" is Copyrighted by Flickr user: greaterumbrage under the Creative Commons Attribution license.)

Tacky glue is a popular adhesive used in many crafts projects or minor repairs.

Features

Tacky glue is a very thick PVA, or polyvinyl acetate glue, used to adhere items that would slip away with thinner glues such as school glue. It dries clear and flexible.

Tacky glue can be used for simple paper projects and household repairs.
Tacky glue can be used for simple paper projects and household repairs. (Image: "#48 : reuse, renew, recycle" is Copyrighted by Flickr user: greaterumbrage under the Creative Commons Attribution license.)

Considerations

Tacky glue might discolor certain items, will peel off of glass, metal and plastic after it dries, and is not pH neutral for achival items. The glue cleans up with soap and water.

Tacky glue is not pH neutral and should not be used for archiving items.
Tacky glue is not pH neutral and should not be used for archiving items. (Image: "I" is Copyrighted by Flickr user: chadmagiera (chad magiera) under the Creative Commons Attribution license.)

Warning

This and other types of PVA glues must be kept from freezing.

Popular Brands

The most popular brands for this type of glue are Aleene's, Elmer's, Scotch Quick Drying and Acme.

Where to Buy

Tacky glue can be found at most stores that sell craft and hobby items, many big-box stores such as like Walmart and Target, and online.

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