Which Adhesive Will Work on Book Bindings?

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Which Adhesive Will Work on Book Bindings?
Book binding adehsive can make an amateur project look professional. (Jupiterimages /Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Many book binding techniques can be used to either repair your old books or to bind your own books. Adhesives such as glue and tape work well for book binding because they tend to be durable and easily hold all the pages together while providing flexibility. Try several options to see which fits your needs best. Most adhesive options are relatively inexpensive and easy to find at craft or home office supply stores.

Gorilla Glue

Gorilla Glue is a multipurpose liquid adhesive that can be used to attach a wide variety of objects. Stack the pages of your book evenly and use an object to weight them down. Wet what will become the spine of the book with a damp cloth. Be careful to avoid soaking ht spine; it only needs to be moistened. Apply the Gorilla Glue up and down the spine using a cotton ball. Let the glue dry overnight.

Rubber Cement

For books that need a quick binding fix, use rubber cement. This adhesive will expand to reach all of the pages in the cluster but will offer flexibility for your book's pages. Rubber cement is also easy to find in most retail stores for less than £3. Rubber cement should fully dry within an hour or two at the most.

Adhesive Tape

Book binding adhesive tape is made with cloth on one side and is sticky on the other. Use a heavy object to weigh the pages of your book down and follow the spine of the pages with the tape. Turn the book on its side so that the weight is on the spine. The pages should all attach to the adhesive tape. Flip through the book to make sure that there are not any loose pages.

Adhesive Melter

Adhesive melters are devices used for book binding, often by publishing companies that deal with large quantities of books. They contain clamps to hold pages in place, and the machine heats solid glue to the point of melting. The hot glue is then applied to the spine of the pages. The machine cuts back on adhesive waste as it applies the glue in minimal amounts determined by the thickness of the book.

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