Dead Honest Review: E6000 Spray Adhesive

WARNING: This is NOT a sponsored post...This is a DEAD HONEST review! You have been warned!


Remember when Kari and I mentioned we wanted to do DEAD HONEST reviews?  We are determined to take these products and put them through every test; kind of like crafting Mythbusters. Are you ready for the very first dead honest review?  Here it is:  E6000 Spray Adhesive

I am a crafter and therefore I LOVE E6000 glue...especially when I want something to stick FOREVER!  I am not a huge fan of the metal tube and gooeyness, but it's a great product so I endure those challenges.  A couple of months ago, I notice the E6000 Spray Adhesive at a local craft store.  Side note: I DO NOT like spray adhesives; I think they are horribly messy!  They are sticky and the over spray gets everywhere, not to mention it is hard a clean up.  Because of my distain for spray adhesives, I didn't give the E6000 Spray much thought and walked right past it.  That is until I made this project. 


This family home evening board is a canvas dolled up with paint and stencils.  However, the person I am making it for would like it to be magnetic.  I was sure I could think of someway to make a canvas from Hobby Lobby be magnetic.  So I bought a sheet of galvanized metal and was going to adhere it to the back of the canvas.  How would I adhere the metal? I couldn't use something like Liquid Nail because you would be able to see the placement of the glue through the canvas.  I wanted something strong, but that would lay flat and smooth.  I knew I would have to use a spray adhesive, but I also knew the kinds I have used in the past would never hold metal to canvas.  This is when I remembered the E6000 Spray I had seen earlier.  I ran to the store and bought a bottle. I was positive it wouldn't be strong enough for my project. 

Purchased at Walmart for $11

More on that in a second...
I tested the E6000 Spray Adhesive on a number of different crafty mediums through out the week.
I wanted to know "Does this spray adhesive work...
-For fabric crafting?"
-For paper on canvas?"
-For paper on paper?"
-For paper on wood?"
-For metal on canvas?"

Check out the results!

  
With Valentine's coming up I wanted to make a Valentine Box for my daughter to take to school.  I had a Kleenex Hand Towel box and some awesome fabric from Riley Blake and my newly purchased bottle of E6000 Spray.  I sprayed the front of the box with the adhesive and was so surprised at how liquidy it was.  It doesn't come out tacky at all.  It's like spraying a thin layer of watered down Elmer's glue.  I was pleasantly surprised.  When I laid the fabric on the box the fabric soaked up all the adhesive, so I was doubtful it would even stick well once it dried.  The fabric did, indeed, stick to the box and the adhesive even stiffened the fabric when it dried.

PROS:
I like that the E6000 Spray stiffens the fabric when it dries...especially for this project. 

CONS:

Because the adhesive doesn't come out tacky, I had to wait for each side to fully dry before I could work on the next side.  Otherwise, the fabric didn't stay in place and would slide.



I have been playing a lot with mixed media lately and am really enjoying ripping old books up and creating stuff with the paper.  I usually use Mod Podge to adhere the old pages to canvas, but I am not a fan of all the bubbles and ripples I get when I do it that way.  So why not try E6000 Spray.  I ripped a bunch of pages from an old, weathered book I got at a thrift store and got a 16x20 canvas.  I sprayed have the canvas with E6000 and laid the pages on randomly.  Again, the spray isn't tacky so it won't "suck" the pages to it, so I smoothed the old pages out on top of the glue and walked away for about 20 minutes.  Then I grabbed a corner of paper and ripped the pages off leaving random pieces stuck to the canvas.  This just creates kind of a weathered (not so perfect look).  Then I painted over the entire canvas with a watered down creamy beige acrylic paint.  I love the look!  I plan to stencil over it and make it simply chic art.

PROS:
That paper is stuck on the canvas forever.  I couldn't even get my fingernail under the remaining paper.
E6000 Spray Adhesive is definitely the way to glue paper to canvas!  4 Stars!



This project is more along the lines of Mixed Media as well.  I am doing a Journal 52 Project to encourage my creative side. Basically, you create a "canvas" and art journal or doodle according to the weekly prompt...and you do it for 52 weeks.  For this particular theme (Up, Up and Away) I created a canvas from the old pages I mentioned earlier. I sprayed the E6000 one of the pages in my sketch journal and laid the old pages on top.  Then I followed the same technique as above and ripped the egdes of the pages off that weren't adhered to the sketch page.  I painted over the entire page with a watered down Orchid acrylic paint, waited for it to dry and took a Sharpie to it.

PROS:
Again, the glue performed amazing.  The pages and stiff and stuck to the sketch paper forever.  I was able to easily draw on the "canvas" without any of the paper pieces coming up.  I am loving this stuff.

CONS:

It is a wet glue, so the pages will warp a bit when you apply the glue.  I don't mind this for a mixed media book, however.

Here's another one:




I snagged this adorable, round frame from Shaped Expressions and since I had the book pages already ripped out from the previous projects, I decided to adhere them to the frame.  On this project, I sprayed small areas of the frame (maybe 1/8 of the frame at a time) and placed the paper down.  I rubbed it flat and sprayed the adhesive on the next small piece of the frame.  Then I took my figure and spread the adhesive all around the area and laid the paper down.  The paper seemed to lay more flat with less warping when I smeared the glue with my finger.  After the glue dried and the frame was completely covered with the old paper, I used an X-Acto knife and cut the edges of the paper off the frame.  I painted the edges of the frame black and brushed some black paint on top as well.  I covered the finished product with Glossy Mod Podge!

PROS:
The old pages are stiffer when the adhesive dries making it very easy to cut the access paper off the edged.
The E6000 Spray comes off your skin easily.  Not like the other spray adhesives I have used.  Those seem to need a full day of activity before the dried glue wears off.

CONS:

If you don't clean the nozzle after you use it, the glue will gunk up and spray all wonky. I am not sure this is a CON as there really is no way around that. :)




Now for the galvanized metal I want to glue to the back of my Family Home Evening Canvas...
I was seriously skeptical that this water, non-tacky spray adhesive would adhere metal to canvas!  But I had to try.  I sprayed the back of the canvas very generously with the E6000 Spray Adhesive.  I laid the metal on top of the spray and placed a big heavy box on it.  The next morning I lifted the box off and tried to lift the metal off the canvas.  It was stuck!  I mean, it wasn't going to move!  I was so thrilled. 



So, let's sum up:

PROS:
Not sticky.
Overspray comes up easily.
Washes off hands easily.
It's very permanent.
Makes projects manageable and pieces moveable because it's not tacky from the start.

CONS:
Because the glue is wet, it warps paper.
Cost is a bit high, but I think it's okay for how great it is.  Check it out:  E6000 Spray Adhesive
If you don't clean off the nozzle after use, the glue clumps and sprays all wonky.

Do we like E6000 Spray Adhesive? YES!

Overall, I LOVE this product.  And I am the one who despises spray adhesives, remember.  Pretty sure this will always be a staple in my craft supplies. 

Have you used this product?  What do you think?  Is there something you would like me to try E6000 on.  Leave a comment and I will report back.  We would love to hear from you!


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14 comments:

  1. Thanks for informative post. Because this glue comes out of a spray, do you need to use respiratory protection, I.e., face mask?

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    1. Nope, it's not an aerosol spray. It has not odor really.

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  2. this is a great post- I love this format for learning about products.
    Thank you!

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    1. Oh I am so glad you love it! Thanks for the compliment!

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  3. Thank you so much for your "dead honest review"!!!!!! I bypassed this product also thinking the same thing and now I can't wait to try this product - THANK YOU!!!!!!

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    1. Oh yeah! I am glad to hear that! I can't wait to do more reviews for you guys!

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  4. Thanks for this great info I will have to try it. How did you clean the nozzle so you could reuse it?

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    1. Hi Glenda,
      I just cleaned the nozzle with a Clorox wipe and that seems to be sufficient! I am so glad you like the review!

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  5. Thanks for this great review. I will be buying some! I've wondered if it would work well!

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    1. I am thrilled you all like the review. THanks for taking the time to comment!

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  6. Great format for reviews--can't wait to see more!

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  7. Can't wait to see the stenciled canvas.

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  8. Have you tried the e6000 on glass to glass or bonding two clay pots together?

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    1. I haven't tried glass on glass, but I will!

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