This hot melt glue gun is very reasonably priced, is solidly built and ideal for anyone that is working on handicrafts, decoration or do-it-yourself projects but does not want to pay five times as much for a battery-operated, quick-heating model. Conventional glue sticks with a diameter of 11 mm and a working temperature between 170 and 210 °C can be used in this entry-level hot glue gun, whether they are colourless, highly transparent or coloured.
After a warm-up time of about 8 to 10 minutes, the melted glue can be used to make fast, medium-strong glue bonds between a variety of materials – from cardboard to wood to metal. The intended materials only have to be insensitive to temperature; polystyrene foam, for example, will melt upon application while thermoplastic plastics like polystyrene or acrylic glass may suffer deformation. It is often an advantage that the glue cools quickly but in the case of metals this can be problematic because metals conduct away heat relatively quickly and this can result in the failure of a bond to completely form.
The amount of glue is controlled by the trigger of the gun and applied through the nozzle to usually one side of the intended material whereby it is possible to bridge over a gap of a few milimeters between the pieces to be glued. The glue is already cured after two minutes and can then be put under load. Obviously the strength of such a bond is not comparable to one made with PATTEX, but for quick bonds or the gluing of lightweight materials in handicrafts work, hot glue is a super choice.
Upon completion of your job, you should prepare for the fact that the nozzle of the gun, after pulling out the plug and placing the gun on its stand, can continue to release droplets for as long as it takes for the glue within to cool – in short, you should place something beneath it!
And a further remark regarding the guarantee: as already mentioned, the gun can be used with any glue stick that conforms to the proper melting temperature and the given diameter. The manufacturer´s guarantee will not be valid if it can be proven that you have used inappropriate glue sticks…