Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Tuesday Tip - Hob-E-Tac vs. Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue

I've been using these two adhesives interchangeably for a while now, but I'm just about out of Hob-E-Tac and wondering whether to buy more. The Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue seems to be a pretty good substitute, especially since I haven't noticed much difference between how it behaves and the Hob-E-Tac.

But once I started paying attention, I noticed three important differences:

  1. The Hob-E-Tac comes with a brush on the cap;
  2. The Fast Grab Tacky Glue is thicker (has a higher viscosity); and perhaps most important...
  3. The Hob-E-Tac retails for about $3.50 per ounce versus the Fast Grab Tacky Glue which retails for about $.81 per ounce.
I think I'm going to stick with the Fast Grab Tacky Glue (see what I did there? %^) and use an old brush if I need one.

Has anybody else had any experience with both products? Is there anything I'm missing? Let us know in the comments!


  1. So, two days after I applied a drop of each to a piece of scrap I have an additional - and perhaps important - observation to make: The Hob-E-Tac is still "tacky"/sticky. And reading further about this product, that's apparently the point - it will continue to be tacky and retain its holding qualities in a way that the Aleene's (which is more like a really thick white glue) does not. So, conclusion? Know the properties of each and choose accordingly, regardless of price. Hope this helps!

  2. Thanks for the pointers, Chris. I know Dave Frary was a fan of Aleene's , but new products need to be checked out.