Five Essential DIY Products Every Home Should Have

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Are you the type of person who prides themselves in fixing what’s broken around the house without hiring outside help? Do you do your own home improvements? Do you regularly watch hours of YouTube videos on how to reclaim and recycle furniture and other home fixtures? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, you are probably a “do-it-yourself (DIY)” type!  DIYers are some of the resourceful, creative, intelligent people wandering the planet, but even they may need help from time-to-time. Fortunately, there are multiple products from Eclectic Products, Inc. to make do-it-yourself household projects even easier!  

Eclectic Products, Inc., a subsidiary of the Willamette Valley Company, produces some of the highest quality adhesives, paints, epoxies and wood fillers on the market. Their product line continues to evolve due to a desire to find new solutions to meet consumer and professional tradesmen’s needs. Here are five products every DIYer should have in their home tool kit: 

#1- Amazing GOOP Household


Amazing GOOP Household repairs, seals and sticks to virtually anything around the house, including vinyl, rubber, fabric, glass, plastic, metal, brick, wood and more. Compared to other brands on the market, this miracle contact adhesive and sealant is one of the strongest, most flexible, all purpose adhesives ever created. DIYers can conquer any repair around the house, indoors and outdoors, from broken teacups to loose towel racks. On top of that, it’s waterproof, paintable, and WASHER/DRYER SAFE safe for use on clothing and fabrics (do not dry clean). Other DIYer approved Amazing Goop products for home repair include Amazing GOOP All Purpose, Amazing GOOP II MAX, Amazing GOOP Plumbing and Amazing GOOP Trim Repair

#2- FAMOWOOD Original Wood Filler  


Got a wood project in mind? Make sure you have FAMOWOOD Original Wood Filler on hand! This home repair essential has been the choice of professional woodworkers for over 70 years for repairing small and large defects. We love how it spreads evenly into cracks and holes, and works both indoors and outdoors without shrinking, crumbling or cracking. In addition, FAMOWOOD requires very little sanding, and it takes stains and paints evenly to achieve a desired finished appearance. To round out your DIY wood product repair kit, we also recommend  FAMOWOOD Latex Wood Filler and FAMOWOOD GLAZE COAT Epoxy Coating. 

 

#3 – E6000 PLUS


E6000 PLUS is on our list of DIY essentials because it offers the same performance qualities most DIYers LOVE about E6000, without any strong odor! This must-have adhesive can be used for any application because it is formulated to meet high performance industrial requirements. E6000 PLUS is excellent for inside and outside projects and works beautifully on wood, glass, fabric, ceramic, gems, metals, marble, fiberglass, concrete, most plastics, lexan, plexiglass & much more! Not only will it maintain its permanent bond strength, it works on wet surfaces, it’s unaffected by extreme heat or cold (once cured), dries crystal clear, offers superb UV RESISTANCE, and is paintable, flexible, washer-dryer safe and acid-free. Oh, and the LOW ODOR thing! 

#4 Seal-All   


Fast drying and clear, Seal-All, a.k.a. “the repair kit in a tube”, is the adhesive DIY mechanics and handymen/women trust for their automotive and garage repairs. It adheres with superior strength to most substrates and resists gasoline, oil, paint thinner and most solvents, while maintaining bond strength even on objects subject to wear. It can also withstand changes in climate, making it ideal for repairing distributor caps, interior panels, radiators, gaskets, china, porcelain, fiberglass, figurines, linoleum, furniture, knobs and drawers, screens, gutters and much more! 

#5- E6100 

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E6100 is a high performance industrial adhesive that will not sag, drip or run. It’s super strength and temperature resistant formula makes it highly effective for vertical repairs to brick & mortar, HVAC systems repair, roof flashing/shingles repair, and much more!  This DIY essential permanently adheres to more surfaces than any other adhesive, providing exceptional adhesion to wood, metal, glass, fiberglass, ceramics, masonry, concrete, asphalt, leather, rubber, PVC, neoprene, vinyl and many plastics. 

#6 BONUS: Shoe GOO ll

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While it’s technically not a home repair product, Shoe GOO ll is so handy, we had to add it to the DIY essentials list. This premier shoe, boot & skate repair adhesive is worth having in your toolkit for the inevitable footwear emergency. It’s the perfect addition for anyone who loves the original Shoe GOO Adhesive, but is sensitive to odors. The product is designed for strong adhesion and all-weather performance on leather, canvas, suede, rubber, fabric and more! Shoe GOO ll is extremely flexible and offers a permanent bond ideal for repair and maintenance on just about any pair of shoes, work boots, gloves and more! 

About Eclectic Products, Inc.

Eclectic Products, a division of Willamette Valley Company, is an American-based manufacturer of adhesives, wood fillers, and do-it-yourself products for home and commercial use, including the Amazing GOOP® line, Seal-All®, and many other best-sellers. To learn more about this company or other home improvement products, visit eclecticproducts.com.

 

Introducing Shoe GOO II- Another Genius Invention By Eclectic Products!

Easy to apply and dries crystal clear!

Ever heard the old saying “Necessity is the Mother of Invention”? It’s no coincidence that some of the most innovative products at Willamette Valley Company were born out of a simple need. In fact, Shoe GOO, one of the most trusted brands of adhesives, was created in the early 1970s when a man named Lyman Van Vliet grew tired of having the soles of his shoes fall apart while playing tennis. The need for more durable tennis shoes inspired him to seek out a method to effectively repair them, and Shoe GOO Adhesive was born. 

Fast-forward to 2020 when Shoe GOO’s parent company, Eclectic Products, releases Shoe GOO II as an alternative for people who want to use a low-odor shoe repair product without giving up the superior performance qualities they expect from the original product.

Shoe GOO II uses a premium polymer technology that is designed for strong adhesion and all-weather performance-but without any solvents and a low odor. The product is crystal clear, offers superb UV and water resistance and remains permanently flexible- making it the perfect solution for repairing/protecting all types of footwear whether its leather, canvas, suede, rubber, fabric and more! 

Excellent water and abrasion resistance, perfect for hiking and work boots.

Can be used on almost any kind of shoe. Excellent adhesion to leather, canvas, suede, rubber, fabric & many other substrates!

Eclectic Products produces some of the top brands of adhesive patch/coatings and repair products on the market for a range of industries including hardware/home improvement, hobby/craft, mass merchant, shoe care, automotive, art, food/drug, extreme value, industrial, sporting goods, and e-commerce channels (to name a few). Their product line continues to evolve as a result of a desire to find new solutions to fit consumer and professional tradesmen’s needs. Willamette Valley Company acquired Eclectic Products in 1988 and their operations are now located in Eugene, Oregon.

Feeling Creative? Add a Little Unicorn Spit into the Mix!

UnicornSpitUnlike its namesake, Eclectic Products’ Unicorn Spit is very real and extremely useful! This product mixes Paint, Gel Stain, and Glaze into one vibrant mixture, giving customers the ability to turn any everyday objects into a masterpiece.

Pick from 14 different colors and let your creativity run wild! Unicorn Spit penetrates into deep wood and glazes over existing finishes, making it the ideal final touch when fixing up some furniture. Of course, Unicorn Spit works on so much more than wood; add it to some fabric, glass, metal, concrete, or pottery to give objects a stylish new look.

Inspired? Here are some great ways people are using Unicorn Spit to take their creativity further.

If you’re ready to create your very own masterpieces, head on over to Unicorn Spit’s Directions and Tutorials for tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your product.

About Eclectic Products, Inc.

Headquartered in Eugene, Oregon, Eclectic Products specializes in adhesive/patch/coatings and repair products ranging from 0.18 oz. tubes to industrial totes and drums. The company offers powerful brands with exceptional performance and high-level technical R&D abilities. Eclectic Products has earned numerous awards for product performance, innovative design and excellence from organizations such as theNational Retail Hardware Association, HGTV Magazine and Handyman Magazine. Eclectic’s manufacturing facility based in Pineville, Louisiana has also been recognized by the State of Louisiana for demonstrating exceptional quality of work and a commitment to community. All products are proudly made in the U.S.A.

Step Up Your Halloween Decorating Game with These Easy Craft Projects

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Chillier weather and the changing colors on the leaves means that autumn is here, the holiday season is just weeks away and it’s time to get “crafty”!  October is the month with perhaps the most craft-focused holiday of all, Halloween.

Ready to step up your spooky decoration game this year? Here are some simple Halloween projects you can take on this weekend using Ecclectic products and adhesives.

DYI Halloween Skulls

Nothing says Halloween like spooky skulls, does it? These Dazzling Halloween Skulls will add some much needed scares to your home. With their sugar skull design you can also use them as Dia de los Muertos decorations!

Creepy Spiderweb Vases

Spiderweb vases complete with giant spiders? A must-have for your next Halloween party!

Custom Day of the Dead Plate

Dia de los Muertos begins right after Halloween! These stylish plates are bound to be a hit.

Eeeek! Anatomical Paper Mache Hearts

It wouldn’t be Halloween without a good scare, and these creepy decorations resembling human human hearts will certainly deliver.

With our friend Mark Montano and our very own Eclectic Products, there is no shortage of DIY projects that you can undertake. Check back soon for more fun DIY and Craft projects and tips!

About Eclectic Products, Inc.

Headquartered in Eugene, Oregon, Eclectic Products specializes in adhesive/patch/coatings and repair products ranging from 0.18 oz. tubes to industrial totes and drums. The company offers powerful brands with exceptional performance and high-level technical R&D abilities. Eclectic Products has earned numerous awards for product performance, innovative design and excellence from organizations such as theNational Retail Hardware Association, HGTV Magazine and Handyman Magazine. Eclectic’s manufacturing facility based in Pineville, Louisiana has also been recognized by the State of Louisiana for demonstrating exceptional quality of work and a commitment to community. All products are proudly made in the U.S.A.

Master the Art with Mark Montano

Mark Montano

“It feels natural for me to be creating and making. I get depressed if I’m not in the middle of a project to be honest.” – Mark Montano

Mark Montano is literally a man of many hats. Just look at his resume; he’s been an interior designer, a clothing designer, a TV host for The Style Network and The Learning Channel, a columnist, a published author, and most recently a youtube-hit with his channel, Make Your Mark where he frequently uses our favorite craft glues (like the E6000 line) and other DIY products from our very own Eclectic Products.

Mark’s passion and infectious creativity have brought success in every medium he’s immersed himself in, but it’s his desire to inspire others that have truly brought him to the limelight.

It all began at the young age of 14 when Montano aided his mother and aunts in the sewing of their clothing. “Sewing is so wonderful and meditational. Since I was from a small town with no real way to get great clothes, I had to make them and that’s what I did.” Years later this very mindset took him to acquire a masters in Costume History from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Paired with his Bachelors degree in business, Montano was ready to take the design world by storm.

Mark Montano went on to intern for Oscar de la Renta and found himself in the heart of design world. His New York surroundings inspired his work and became a staple of the boutique he established. His creative sensibilities would soon find a very different audience than the high fashion world of New York when he took on the position of contributing editor for Cosmo Girl! Magazine. His design tips helped define many a teenage girl room from that moment onward.

It was his transition to TV, however, that truly brought Mark to the everyone’s homes and face to face (so the speak). As a designer on the hit TLC show While You Were Out, Mark Montano would transform people’s homes while they were away for the weekend. By the time he became host of My Celebrity Home, it was hard not to recognize Mark Montano’s unique style and vibrant attitude.

Mr. Montano is a thoroughly creative individual, one with the unwavering capacity to master whichever medium he embraces. It’s his gift for sharing, however, that truly renders him incomparable from so many other creatives. From his Cosmo Girl! tips to his design shows to his YouTube Channel, Mark has always done everything in his power to inspire others to create and to give them the tools to do so. We name him our “Featured Innovator of the Month” and look forward to sharing more videos and tips from Mark in the future. Don’t forget, you can always find the latest from Mark Montano in his Youtube Channel. Now, go create something!

Note: Mark Montano does not work for Willamette Valley Company.

Sources:

instructables.com/id/Featured-Author-Interview-Mark-Montano/

kellygolightly.com/interview-mark-montano/

www.youtube.com/user/MakeYourMarkMontano

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Five Fun Projects to Kick Off The School Year in Style

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Now that summer is winding up, we thought this would be a great time to share some stylish kid friendly back-to-school project ideas using top-of-the-line adhesives produced by Eclectic Products’, a division of Willamette Valley Company.

The E6000® line of adhesives can be found in most arts and crafts stores and offer a wide range of products to suit all your adhesive needs, including Fabri-Fuse, Jewelry and Bead, Stitchless, and Spray Adhesive to name a few.  These five Back-to-School project ideas, presented by our good friend Mark Montano of Make Your Mark, are fun ways for the kids to kick off the new school year in style.

No Sew! Easy Rag Rug Pillows

The great thing is that with Fabri-Fuse, No Sew really means No Sew! A bit of adhesive and some materials and you’ll end up with stylish rag rug pillows worthy of sale in even the trendiest of artisanal markets!

Recycled Paper Jewelry

DIY jewelry is a fun and relaxing way to get ready for the new school year. When you can make creative, wearable jewelry out of old magazines and adhesive, it’s even better!

Octo Love DIY Sweater

Now, if you’re somehow Octo-opposed, don’t worry, you can use these same techniques to create all sorts of fun patterns on sweaters and fabrics! Your kids will have a blast coming up with different designs to create!

Allure-Ing Fabric Bracelets

This project is named after E6000®’s Allure Dimension Design Adhesive Paint in Gloss! As you can see, beyond simply sticking things together you can use E6000 to create some fun designs and bring out the true “Art” in “Arts and Crafts.”

How To: Ginger Jars

Create some fun jars to keep around the house for decoration and a sneaky place to store school supplies!  You can pattern these however you see fit to bring out the unique style you’re after.

Five fun ways to use E6000®, five very different projects to make with your kids! Click here for more uses and fun project ideas!

About Eclectic Products, Inc.

Headquartered in Eugene, Oregon, Eclectic Products specializes in adhesive/patch/coatings and repair products ranging from 0.18 oz. tubes to industrial totes and drums. The company offers powerful brands with exceptional performance and high-level technical R&D abilities. Eclectic Products has earned numerous awards for product performance, innovative design and excellence from organizations such as theNational Retail Hardware Association, HGTV Magazine and Handyman Magazine. Eclectic’s manufacturing facility based in Pineville, Louisiana has also been recognized by the State of Louisiana for demonstrating exceptional quality of work and a commitment to community. All products are proudly made in the U.S.A.

New Product Spotlight: FAMOWOOD® GLAZE COAT® High Build Epoxy Coating from Eclectic Products, Inc.

glaze-coat-family-usEclectic Products, Inc., a subsidiary of the Willamette Valley Company, has recently unveiled FAMOWOOD® GLAZE COAT® HIGH BUILD EPOXY COATING, another innovative solution for crafters and home improvement DIYers.

This ultra-clear, high gloss finish epoxy is versatile enough to be used on just about any surface, either smooth or rough, stained or painted. It’s great for coating tables, bar tops, game boards, preserving photographs, ceramics, or to imbed coins, rocks, sea shells, flowers or any non-waxy material. It can be used on Wood, Cloth, Styrofoam™, Metal, Pine Cones, Leather, Paper, you name it!

Want to see how it works? Watch this table get a cool new makeover using Glaze Coat.

Now watch Mark Montano shows Glaze Coat in action:

The possibilities are endless!  Here’s what some customers on Amazon had to say of their experience with the product:

“This stuff works great. Creates a solid, clear surface.” – David G. Gantt

“Hard and durable. Tried it in crafting this year to make water in a miniature pond to put in a fairy garden. Is holding up beautifully so far.” – Deb in Ohio

“Famowood is pretty amazing. I do resin jewelry and I’ve definitely been through my fair share of tests and experiments.” – Cilla

Click here for more uses and fun project ideas!

About Eclectic Products, Inc.
Headquartered in Eugene, Oregon, Eclectic Products specializes in adhesive/patch/coatings and repair products ranging from 0.18 oz. tubes to industrial totes and drums. The company offers powerful brands with exceptional performance and high-level technical R&D abilities. Eclectic Products has earned numerous awards for product performance, innovative design and excellence from organizations such as the National Retail Hardware Association, HGTV Magazine and Handyman Magazine. Eclectic’s manufacturing facility based in Pineville, Louisiana has also been recognized by the State of Louisiana for demonstrating exceptional quality of work and a commitment to community. All products are proudly made in the U.S.A.

Time to Get Crafty! Make Your Own Mixed Media Desk Accessories with E-6000 Spray Adhesive

HOW TO Make Mixed Media Desk Accessories

Are you wondering what to get your loved ones for Christmas this year? Consider a giving a handmade gift! Handmade gifts are a great way to save money and while giving a special one-of-a-kind gift. All you need is a little creativity and the right tools, like craft glue!

Our friends at Eclectic Products, Inc. are a great resource for ideas and instructions for fun crafts this year. Here is a simple idea to get you started:

In this episode of the “Make Your Mark” Web Series, author and craft guru, Mark Montano, uses E-6000 Spray Adhesive along with leftover scraps and jewelry pieces to make adorable recycled mixed media desk in this video. Watch below:

MARK MONTANO
Designer, Crafter & Author

Mark uses Amazing GOOP and E6000 in his craft books and public appearances. Crafting is a big part of Mark’s life and he enjoys sharing and encouraging everyone to have fun with your projects. Have fun crafting and enjoy the crafts from Mark and others. Follow these links to more videos of Mark using E6000 Spray Adhesive!
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WATCH NOW Gold Leaf Bracelets

About The Eclectic Products, Inc.
The Eclectic Products, Inc. AMAZING CRAFT Adhesives are a complete collection of products for every project imaginable. Eclectic Products, a subsidiary of Willamette Valley Company, manufactures adhesives, wood fillers, and do-it-yourself products for home and commercial use.

 

How One Man Changed the Shoe and Craft Industry….The Story of Shoe GOO Adhesive

Anyone who has used AMAZING GOOP® Adhesives to create works of art or salvaged their favorite shoes with Shoe GOO can thank Lyman Van Vliet for his groundbreaking invention.

Some of the most innovative solutions of the modern age were developed for a very simple reason. In fact, the origins of Eclectic Products, Inc., one of the biggest manufacturers of adhesive products on the market today, began simply with “tennis toe”.

In the early 1970s, Lyman Van Vliet, a senior executive who frequently enjoyed a game of tennis, was getting frustrated because the soles of his shoes were frequently falling apart while playing his favorite game. The need for more durable shoes inspired him to seek out a method to effective repair them.

After numerous attempts, Van Vliet finally concocted a substance which could be used to create a pliable surface coating for shoe soles. The product, which we now know as “Shoe GOO Adhesive”, was groundbreaking because it had solvents to keep it like a thick gel hardened to a strong yet flexible rubber once it was applied.

The demand for his product led him to launch Eclectic Products in 1972 and market his new creation to tennis players.  It did not take long for the orders to pour in.  Shoe GOO quickly gained popularity among runners during the 1970s and 80s.   In 1988 Willamette Valley Company acquired Eclectic Products in 1988 and their operations are now located in Eugene, Oregon.

Today, Shoe GOO Adhesive is still used to repair tennis shoes and so much more!  Read 101 Uses For Shoe GOO.… to get an idea on how versatile this product is. Click here to read more about Lyman Van Vliet’s story:

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