I bought this glue gun about 10 years ago and have used it about one
every couple of weeks since.
I don't figure there have been any technical advancements in this
simplistic concept, but I thought I'd ask.
So, have there been any technical improvements in hot melt glue guns
in the last few years?
Depends on what you mean by a "few" years.
"They" have lower temperature glue (and low temperature glue guns). They
also have glue that "works" in both regular (high temperature) and low
temperature glue guns.
It's such diverse things any illustration would be almost unique.
Yesterday I used it to reattach the ear cushion on a Plantronics
The most extensive use I've made of it was reupholstering dining room
table chair seats. The seats were made of such hard wood no staple
gun I had would drive a staple into it. So I attached the upholstery
material with a glue gun -- not the one in the picture, but a small
one I got from a $1 barrel. I may not make a strong bond but it
attached the fabric to the wood so well I couldn't pull them apart.
I've used it to glue cloth to cloth in several applications.
Last week I was building a roughly wood project that required several
small strips of wood be attached. I tacked them in place with hot
glue. Later another piece clamped them in place securely, but it
would have been next to impossible to hold all these loose pieces in
place what trying to position and screw down the larger piece.
Last week I also glued a tiny piece of shoe molding back that had come
I used it a few weeks ago to fill a gap to prevent water getting
between a plank and a post on my deck and inducing rot. I didn't have
any clear caulk. Waiting for caulk to cure would have slowed me down
Here are some examples:
I tack all kinds of things together with it that don't need to be
super strong. But, it's pretty strong, and it bonds well to most
things (wood, fabric, leather, metal, plastic, ceramic and more), and
it sets quickly.
One negative is it has some thickness, even if the objects are pushed
together forcefully. So if the two surfaces must go together flush,
use glue. But the thickness is quite small, so in almost all cases it
As cited by one person there are glue guns that run at different
temperatures with the advantage of lower temperature guns being their safety
and use on temperature sensative substrates. There are also glue guns
available that use hot melt moisture curing urethane adhesives that have
excellent adhesion and bond performance.
My adhesive R&D company has a novel glue stick with a 10 minute working time
that we have under test at a few places. It's tack free when it ultimately
sets up. It is novel in that it can be applied to one substrate and it can
be mated to another substrate several mintues later and still wet-out to
form a bond. The advantage is the ability to use a glue gun for bonding
large panels where there is a tendency for the first part of a long molten
bead to setup before the end of the bead is layed down. Another advantage
is the safety of being able to apply molten adhesive on one substrate, let
it cool, and then safely mate to another substrate for people working in
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