Best Adhesive For Slick Surfaces?

by Heather Dreith
(Waterville KS)

I would like to use some 3 ring binders and a vinyl-ish portfolio I already have to make junk journals. What would be the best adhesive to use to get things to stick to those pesky slick covers? Is there some kind of prep work I should do on the binders first? Thanks

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Nov 17, 2016
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Thinning Fabri-Tac glue
by: Diana

I love Fabri-Tac glue, but ran into issues with it drying up in the bottle before I used it all. Now as I get more air space in the bottle, I periodically add a little isopropyl alcohol as a thinner. Use a light hand. Give it a shake and it thins out the thickened glue in the bottle adding additional life to your purchase! I've done this for years now with great success. Doesn't change the adhesion properties either. Good luck!

May 15, 2016
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Great suggestions
by: Heather Dreith

Thanks for your ideas...very helpful!

May 14, 2016
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One way that has worked for me
by: Aimeslee

Here is something that has worked for me, with collaging on glossy book covers:

1. Sand surface and wipe down.
2. (this is optional) Apply thin coat of gesso, let dry.
3. Apply gel medium to surface, let dry.
4. Proceed to collage with a pva glue or more gel medium.

May 14, 2016
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My Favourite Glue
by: Debbie B.

I love using Art Glitter's clear adhesive. You can get a thin nozzle attachment which works great for gluing small pieces and and it dries quickly. I love it because it doesn't make the paper look wet and wrinkled like some do. It is very strong, too.
And I agree that you should sand the shine away before adding glue.


May 14, 2016
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by: Debbie-Anne

Hi Heather!

If there's one surface I dislike working with on covers, it's those glossy ones.

However, I have found through trial and error that the shine should be sanded off as much as possible, with sand paper or a sanding block. This preps it to 'accept' the glue and paper/fabric you're about to put on it.

I think an adhesive with a permanent quality is the way to go. I've had some luck with Aleene's Original Tacky Glue, but not always. The glue that has served me well so far for this type of project is Fabritac. I'm still looking for the perfect glue, since Fabritac has a tendency to thicken and doesn't spread as well as I'd like. But I make it work for now.

Some might suggest Mod Podge but I find it has a tendency to bubble and warp the paper, especially on glossy surfaces.

Great question, I hope this helps!

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