High-temp vs. low-temp: what should I use and when?

It all depends on the project and the materials you’re using. AdTech MultiTemp® Hot Glue Sticks can be used in all of our glue guns, with the exception of our Cool Tool® Ultra LoTemp glue gun which takes special Ultra LoTemp sticks. 

High-temperature glue guns are perfect for materials that require instant grab and a strong bond. They give you a longer working time so you can more easily place and move materials such as wood, fabric, florals, metal, plastics, and some polyolefins.

Low-temperature glue guns can be used on sensitive materials that may melt or distort from too much heat, such as ribbon, thin foil, or Styrofoam.  It’s the right choice when working with thin or delicate materials like burlap where high-temp glue could seep through and burn your fingers.

Temperature  Materials  Pros We Recommend
High Temperature Wood
Fabric
Florals
Metal
Plastics

Longer working time (open time)

Stronger adhesion

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Pro 80®
Full Size
W9201 AdTech DripLess Full Size Glue Gun 1300px 300dpiAdTech
Drip-Less™
Full Size
W9202 AdTech DripLess Mini Size Glue Gun 1300px 300dpiAdTech
Drip-Less™
Mini Size
AdTech 0400 Hi Temp Gray Glue GunAdTech HiTemp
Full Size
AdTech 0442 Project Pro ProfileAdTech Project Pro®
Mini Size
AdTech 0451 Hi Temp Mini GunAdTech HiTemp
Mini Size
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Temperature  Materials  Pros We Recommend
Low Temperature

Ribbon
Burlap
Thin Foil
Styrofoam
Foam

Higher Viscosity

Less likely to seep through

AdTech 0453 2Temp Glue GunAdTech
2Temp®
Full Size
AdTech 0450 Lo Temp Mini GunAdTech
LoTemp
Mini Size
 
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Temperature  Materials  Pros We Recommend
Ultra Low Temperature

Projects for kids and the elderly

Designed to be safe for skin

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Cool Tool®
        
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