Quick setting, and can be softened, and therefore dismantled, with
heat - essential if you are making things like violins. Useful f you
are doing veneering as the veneer can effectively be ironed on.
And cleans off nicely with a damp cloth. Or if there are big beads to
clean off they can go back in the pot with no wastage.
Little or no clamping time - really useful, though sometimes you want
to be able to take your time.
I've only used a hot glue gun for one project... gluing drawer kit
sides to a thin MDF frame.
The advantage I found was that it formed a glue 'rivet' when extruded
through the screw holes.
It also tolerates filling big gaps well, as it sets so quickly.
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Depends what you want to do with it!
It's great for gap-filling.
It's great for things that may need to flex or vibrate a bit.
It's excellent for rapid work - hold for a few seconds and it's done.
It's bloody awful for prolonged loads or safety items - it just falls
What we use ours for most is junk modelling with the kids. Sticking
toilet roll tubes to cornflake packets isn't easy with PVA like they use
in schools - it takes so long that most five year olds have lost
interest before it's stuck. But - do it with hot glue (and yes, you can
teach kids to use it safely, both ours manage) and their creativity
isn't cramped by having to slow their ideas down to let the medium keep
up. Space-ships with dozens of wonderful excressences are possible - if
the kid wants a radar dome with multiple blasters and an extra airlock -
they can have them in moments. Much fun.
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I once had to get a nut and washer along the inside of a long box
section at the top of a Renault Espace roof. Way out of reach, but
sticking the bits to the end of an unrolled coathanger did wonders -
once I'd got it tight I just yanked and the glue broke.
For that sort of thing it's fantastic.
But don't get a large blob of glue on your skin. It really does burn!
You can get lowmelt guns for kids to use.