Plastic trowel with 1/8-in. notches along one edge
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Are you looking for a neat way to quickly spread glue on a pretty large surface? Here's a quick tip for you.
A notched plastic trowel is a lot faster than a paintbrush, and it cleans up in just a snap. You can buy plastic trowels like these at home centers and floor covering stores for about $2. And you want to be sure you buy one with 1/8-in. notches along one edge.
All you have to do is pour a puddle of glue onto the work surface, and then use the trowel to spread the glue. As you near the edge of the surface, just turn the trowel around to avoid pushing glue right off the edge or anyplace you don't want it to go.
The notches will apply an even coat of glue with a uniform thickness, and that will help promote a good bond between the surfaces you're joining together. And there's another good thing: It also saves glue.
You can use this technique to spread all sorts of adhesives, including carpenter's glue, contact cement and silicone.