There’s a Michael's on West Broadway that visit by each time I’m in the area. Glad that I did. On their clearance table, was a damaged box with a perfectly good tape glider for only $10. The only thing wrong was it was someone stole the 2 rolls of tape that supposed to come with the gun. I happen to have a 50% coupon used to purchase refills. The regular price for the glider is $40. Michaels always overpriced their product, but that day, I got both the gun and tape for $15. You know when you get a rush when you find a bargain? That day was my rush.
In the long on, this will save you money on the tape refills. I used to buy dollar store brand tape runners but they run out quickly. For me, $5.00 roll will replace 30 dollar store ones. I went ‘cheap’ and purchased double sided tape rolls but they were not acid free and the adhesive started to soak and show through on many of my cards that I didn’t put to market right away. I won’t sell sub-par product, so all that hard work down the drain. And I shutter on the ones I did sell as those customers may not come back to my store.
So I needed a acid free tape adhesive that will last me for many paper related projects. I’ve been eyeing this glider for a while, but when I saw that damaged box with a perfectly good gun inside, I jumped at the opportunity.
- acid free
- bonds permanently over time, but if you make an error right away, you can rub the tape off if you are careful
- will last you many projects
- tape will ‘break’ where you want it to stop if you apply a little pressure. A plus if you have experience with the tape stretching and snapping onto the paper in little balls
- It’s big. There are competing products that is smaller. It took some time to get used to with my small hands. And I can’t ‘throw it into the tape drawer’. Had to find a special home for it in my craft room
- The gun itself is a little tricky to load. I had to look it up on YouTube. The instructions on the box is a little vague
- You have to hold the trigger to dispense the tape, this took a few projects to get used to.
I’ve been using this glider for a few weeks now and haven’t the need to refill it. I highly recommend it even if the gun is oversized and tricky to load. It’s worth the learning curve.