Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I Need STICKY!

Dude, there's nothing like coming back after spring break to see the 90 pieces of art that you lovingly hung up to display (and spent hours after school putting it up) falling down and/or missing in action.  Every spring and summer and fall...oh heck, every time I hang work it eventually slips to the ground.  It's the most aggravating thing ever!  I've tried packing tape, scotch tape, painters tape, all kinds of sticky putty, mixing two different kinds of sticky putty, mixing three, four even five different kinds of sticky putty, combining different tapes and sticky putty together.  I've invested in hot glue...it pulls off paint, as does Velcro...to my dismay. I even found an ancient waxer that applies wax strips to paper...that btw, was a total waste of time.  Not one stuck, not one!   If I could hammer into cement blocks I swear I would, if it would work, and be easy. 
It just bums me out that every day I have to pull out my ladder and check to see whats come undone.  Tell me I'm not alone in my anguish!  Tell me that one of you that read my blog know the secret to hanging paper to painted cement blocks!  Surely someone knows the trick!  HELP!  TELL ME PLEASE!

8 comments:

  1. We have brick hallways at my school so I hot glue everything! Good thing is that most of our brick is not the painted cement kind so there is no peeling of paint, but still a pain in the arse! Especially when you hang stuff, realize its crooked, have to "carefully" peel it off. Last year I hung a lot of stuff in our gym cooridor, and when I took it down I peeled off lots of white paint to reaveal a yucky orange underneath! I am sure the maintance man was cursing me over the summer as he painted it over again. Oh, well they expect us to decorate the halls with beautiful artwork so I can't say I really feel too bad. I usually hang my kiddos' art work on large bulletin board paper, then hot glue the large sheets to the wall to minimize the amount of hot glue I am putting on the wall. It's helps, a little, but I envy the other art teachers in my district who have normal walls that tape sticks to.

    BTW...I dread hanging stuff up too...dragging out the ladder, making sure the stuff is straight...getting it up before the hot glue dries. I also invested in a cordless hot glue gun. (I try to use it when all the other teachers are gone cause I don't want them asking to borrow it!)

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  2. I've tried them all as well, including mixing the putties, and you are correct, NONE of them work, and frankly, even if you find a tape taht works, the effort of making little tape loops - UGH. Luckily I have several available bulletin boards in the halls that I use. Can you get your school to at least put up some tack strips if not full bulletin boards? or even get some composition board panels hung that can be stapled into? I feel for you - I totally get it,and there's just no easy solution.

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  3. I use the Duck brand= you must use a dime size in every corner. Rumor has it that DUCK is not making it anymore. The blue sticky tack I have is 7 years old and works great. Even when a tornado came through our campus things still hung on the walls! Office Max sold it before not sure if it is still available. It is such a pain when things fall. Good luck

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  4. I have an update!! Today I tried my heavy duty staple gun on the cement blocks and it works!! It will probably be a pain getting them out but for now things are sticking. I got mine at Hobby Lobby for about $7-8 and the staples are around $2.

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  5. How lame am I that I did not know they made cordless hot glue guns? I could at least use that on the areas with unpainted bricks...that would help! I am amazed that staple guns work on cement blocks...they don't leave gouges in them?

    Thanks for your replies. Some art teacher out there needs to create something that's fool proof, dude, they'd be a millionaire!

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  6. Okay, so I am a year late getting into this conversation, but, I have the solution. Big money up front, your easy display solution forever! Buy an ATG Tape Gun and 1/2" double stick tape rolls for the gun. I call it death by tape cuz it's never coming off unless you take it off the wall with GooGone adhesive remover. It won't work on unpainted brick, but any painted surface it will. When I remove artwork from the walls, I simply put scotch tape over the small areas of adhesive on the back of the artworks. Then if any remains on the wall I use a rag with GooGone to remove it. I bought my first gun in the early 80's and didn't have to replace it until about 5 years ago. The tape is relatively affordable if you price compare in the art supply catalogs, but I have seen it in stores for up to $9.00 a roll. I have never paid more than $5 or $6 dollars a roll. You put the work up, it STAYS up!(ATG stands for Adhesive Transfer Gun. The tape is called Adhesive Transfer Tape. The last price I saw for the gun was $79.00.) Good Luck!

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  7. 79! WOWZA!! That is pretty expensive. Though I do love them. I used them a bunch when I was a picture framer...didn't even think of that.

    I have been blessed with awesome PTA parents that donated something similar to the gummy sticky stuff that never works...except its something florists use. I've not had a problem since. Of course you can't reuse the stuff, but it sticks and stays stuck even on the most humid Texas days. I LOVE IT! No more tape, no more glue gun. I highly recommend it. I don't know what it's called though.

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  8. OK, about the florist sticky stuff...it's awesome at making things stick on the walls (brick, cement, drywall) it wont come off if there's a cold front or humidity. The stuff works. BUT!!! It destroys the art when you take it down. It doesn't rub off like the store bought gummy. I had to take down 230 works of art and cut all four corners off in order not to damage the whole lot. Thank goodness I had mounted it on construction paper. I'm telling you, someone needs to figure this out and make a mint!

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