Glue guns use melted glue sticks to hold two materials together. They consist of a handle, trigger, nozzle, and a heating element. The glue stick is inserted at the back of the gun and pressed against the heat source until it melts. The melted glue is then released through the nozzle and applied to the material. In most models, the trigger can also control the amount of glue being dispensed. Glue guns are used for fine applications, such as art projects and handicrafts.
Types of Glue Guns
Kinds of Glue Guns include the following:
Hot temperature glue guns
Hot temperature glue guns produce temperatures from 350oF to 380oF. They are used for items requiring strong adhesives, such as furniture and door pulls.
Low temperature glue guns
Low temperature glue guns produce heat up to 250oF. They are ideal for light materials like foam, plastic, and rubber.
Low-high temperature glue guns
Low-high temperature glue guns can be set to both high and low temperatures. They usually have interchangeable nozzles allowing different widths, such as flat and pinpoint tips.
Choosing Glue Guns (Buying tips)
Power. Choose a glue gun that runs on socket power for more consistent heating. Battery-powered glue guns tend to produce less heat as the battery gets discharged. However, if you have a small working area, a battery-powered model may be useful because it is not constrained by power cords.
Heating and cooling time. Choose a glue gun that heats up and cools down in one minute or less. Also, make sure it retains heat well so that you can use the residual heat when the gun is unplugged.