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NEWS FLASH!!  Goop Adhesive
And Sealant Replaces Dog
As Handyman's Best Friend!!


Naming something GOOP is risky at best... because there are lots of goops out there... for example there's GOOP, the hand cleaning, shoe cleaning, clothes cleaning product.  And, of course, these's always "generic" goop... what the heck is that goop on the wall? Or in the back of the refrigerator? Or in your kid's closet?

There is even GOOP FOR KIDS that can be made from ordinary household chemicals... sort of a gooshy clay with an attitude! Click HERE for the recipe!

OKAY, NH... stop ranting and get to the point!

Well, the GOOP that we "handyfolk" find so attractive is the adhesive product made by Eclectic Products, Inc. It is marketed with names such as Plumber's GOOP®, Automotive GOOP®, Carpenter's GOOP®, Sportsman's GOOP®, etc. Eclectic even has a product to repair shoes called Shoe Goo®, which is a favorite of joggers trying to get a few more miles out of the worn soles on their running shoes.

I have used a few of these "different" products and my vote is that they all seem to be about the same, except for the colors. Though my experience has been corroborated by every handyperson and hardware store magnate that has ever opened a tube of this great stuff, there are some subtle differences brought to my attention by MR of Hampton, VA.  He wrote to Eclectic Products and received this response:

Amazing GOOP® and Craft GOOP® contain a thinner formula for precise, detailed work.
Wood & Furniture GOOP® is a thicker, non-slump formula perfect for vertical and overhead applications.
Automotive GOOP®, Household GOOP® and Plumbing GOOP® are all the same formula.
Lawn & Garden GOOP®, Marine GOOP®, RV GOOP® and Sport and Outdoor GOOP® are all UV-resistant.
Shoe GOO® is a more rubbery formula allowing for greater flexibility.

The most amazing thing about GOOP is that it works under the most adverse conditions, it sticks to virtually everything and remains flexible!

I used GOOP to repair a broken dishwasher utensil holder that had split on the bottom. It has been 3+ years, and the GOOP is still holding (though it has discolored from the original clear to an unappetizing yellowish tone)!  Thank the dishwasher's heat for that!

It will not stick to very dirty, wet or greasy surfaces. But then, what could, except for a fly's feet?

Because of its tooling characteristics, which are poor, GOOP cannot be used in place of latex or silicone caulks where appearance is critical.

NH's Favorite uses for GOOP...


According to Abby from GOOP Central (1-800-693-GOOP or 1-800-767-GOOP), there are three recommended solvents for GOOP. They are acetone, toluene and naphtha.  Acetone will do a good job on GOOP that has not fully set. Toluene is a more powerful solvent that will remove fully set GOOP. Naphtha, a solvent used in dry cleaning and a primary component of Zippo®, Ronson® and other lighter fluids (used in wick-type cigarette lighters), is recommended for removing GOOP on clothing.

It is important to follow all precautions on the solvent's label.  Test a little of the solvent on the surface first... no sense getting surprised by some sort of bizarre chemical reaction, such as your cellular phone melting into the carpet!

OOPS... Goop can dry in the tube unless you always do my little trick!

Yep, one of the downsides of Goop is that it can dry in the tube.  Most commonly, it can dry at the spout and make it impossible to get any more out.  I don't think I've ever completely used a tube.

So what do I do to get the most Goop out of my tubes?  The secret is to always squeeze all the air out of the tube before you put the cap on.  The Goop should hit the inside of the cap with no air left inside.  Do this, and you will most likely get to use most of the Goop you've purchased.


Visit the Eclectic Products website for more info on GOOP... click HERE!!

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