Glue Puzzles To A Backer Board

It’s difficult to find the perfect solution for gluing a puzzle to a board. Glue often causes the pieces of the puzzle to stick together, or creates blobs on the other side that create bumps in the finished product that you may need to sand down before painting. You could use a strong adhesive like rubber cement, but then when you’re finally ready to paint it; it will be too difficult remove. However, we do have some solutions for this problem check out our article!

Glue Puzzles To A Board

Glue Puzzles To A Board

Glue puzzles to a board with contact adhesive. Contact adhesive is white and dries clear. If your puzzle is made of heavy cardboard, you can use a stapler to attach it to the board before gluing. This way, you will be able to see through your puzzle and know what your finished project is going to look like before applying the glue. If you are using delicate materials such as paper or fabric, put down a sheet of wax paper first so the glue doesn’t stick to anything else while it’s still wet. To attach the puzzle to the board, place it face down onto your work surface.

Glue Puzzles To A Backer Board

You can use construction adhesive in place of contact adhesive if you have a puzzle with thick pieces or curved edges that won’t be sturdy enough for using staples or tacks. Construction adhesive is clear when it dries, but may yellow over time. A stronger alternative is epoxy. Some epoxies are clear, but will become cloudy if you use them with paper or fabric because they shrink as they dry and create air bubbles that can’t escape. Be sure to find an epoxy that is suitable for gluing your puzzle materials together before buying it.

Glue The Puzzle Face Down Onto The Board

Glue The Puzzle Face Down Onto The Board

In order for construction adhesive or epoxy to work properly, you must first glue the back of your puzzle. Then glue only the front half of the puzzle onto the board. After this has been done, set a weight on top of your project and let everything dries overnight. Once the glue is dry, flip it over and glue the back half of your puzzle in place. Now you have successfully attached your puzzle to a board!

Work With Epoxy Thickener

Many people have trouble when they try to use epoxy because it is too runny and difficult to work with. There is a type of epoxy called “epoxy thickener” that, when applied correctly, will make the epoxy much thicker so you can create strong glues. If you want your glue to be thicker but not cloudy, find an epoxy that is made for paper and fabric. Follow the instructions on how to use epoxy thickener so you can create glue that will be sturdy enough to hold your puzzle together, but clear enough so your finished project won’t have any blobs of glue visible underneath it.

Summary

Puzzles are a lot of fun and can be made to look really cool with the right design. But if you want your puzzle to last, it’s important that you use some sort of adhesive or glue when putting together puzzles on boards. Glue is an easy way to solve this problem because it won’t cause pieces from the puzzle to stick together like rubber cement might.

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