The Difference Between High Temperature and Low Temperature Glue Guns
By Ginga's Galleria on August 27, 2013
Something I've always wanted to know and thought I would share to all the crafters out there!
Repairing furniture, attaching fabrics together, crafting and more -- glue guns have so many uses it's no wonder they're a staple in so many homes. But how do you know whether to use an industrial glue gun like the Hysol Pneumatic Hot Melt Applicator, an intermediate glue gun like the Medium Duty Hot Melt Glue Gun or a low-temperature glue gun like the Cool Shot Super Low Temp. Mini Glue Gun? Really, it depends on what you are using it for.
First and foremost, consider safety. A normal high-temperature glue gun can get up to 380 degrees Fahrenheit, which means third degree burns should a mistake be made. Industrial strength glue guns run an even higher temperature. When using these guns, watch out for children and take precautions to guard your skin on the off-chance that a bit of glue ends up where you don't expect it. Low temperature glue guns range from 170 degrees Fahrenheit to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Understand that while a burn from these guns won't necessarily send you to the hospital, it still won't be pleasant. Always use your glue gun with care.
Next, consider your task. If you need a gun for large jobs like repairing house siding or floorboards, you'll want a high-power gun like the Pneumatic Industrial Glue Gun. For normal repairs and heavier crafting, opt for an industry standard like the Heavy Duty High Temperature Glue Gun. These guns provide a strong and unyielding bond. Kids' crafts and delicate artwork gluing should be handled gently with a lower temperature gun like the Photo Mount Super Low Temp. Mini Glue Gun, which will ensure that no damage is done to the material on which you are working.
Since no one wants to have dozens of glue guns to choose from, several models, such as the Adjustable Temperature Glue Guns and even the Mini Hot Melt Glue Gun, come with both high and low temperature options at just the flip of a switch!
Understand that most glue sticks are designed to work best at the standard of 380 degree Fahrenheit, so use specialty sticks like the Low Temperature Packaging Glue Sticks for the best results. You could also buy sticks like the General Purpose Multi-Temp Glue Sticks which will work well at whatever temperature you choose.
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