How do I finish my rug and what kind of glue do I use?

The general rule is anything that has an adhesive will work. This can include latex paint, matte medium, Elmer's glue, PVA glue, carpet adhesive, or mask latex. Each project your working on might use a different glue. I break my projects into 3 categories:

  1. Wall pieces, pillows, etc. These don't need to be flexible (like a garment), but still need gluing. For this purpose I use elmers or PVA glue. This would not be a durable option for the floor. It can be painted on very easily.
  2. Carpet, rugs, things for the floor. This demands durability and longevity that the others don't need. I've tested many glues and found that AAT 1132 is the best. It's a synthetic latex so very strong, but long lasting. AAT 1132 can be purchased at Bond Products or other places online. It's thick and can be spread on with a putty knife.
  3. Garments. If you're looking for a more flexible version that can be used for garments you need to find a glue with mostly latex. We have tested a bunch and settled on Holden's 807. Once cured the carpet will be super flexible.

Keep in mind that there are a lot of options out there and these are only our recommendations based on tests we've done in the studio. If you find something you like, please let us know.

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