Reported by Lexi Daly
As noted earlier this week by my fellow reporter Heather, double-sided dry adhesive tape rollers are how most paper crafters stick their precious pieces together. Like Heather, I’ve also been a long time Tombow Mono Adhesive user. Until recently, that is. First, the refills became increasingly more difficult to find locally, and then, I started to hear more about Kokuyo Dot’n’Roller. So when I spotted it in my local scrap store, I decided it was time to try something new.
Here’s what the packaging has to say:
Acid Free, Micro-Dot Dry Adhesive with Roller Cartridge
- Strong Permanent Hold
- Easy Drop In refill Cartridge
- Effortless, smooth lay down, even around curves
- Precision application of adhesive – easy start, clean cut
- Will not wrinkle paper, leaves no bumps
- Instant hold – No Drying Time
- Protective Retractable Cap
- No mess, no waste, no peel off backing
- At home: Scrapbooks, Paper Crafts, Card making, Gift Wrapping
- At School: Artwork, Crafts, Posters, Charts
- At Work: Presentations, Charts, sealing envelopes, photo mounting
Like Tombow and many other dry adhesive tape rollers, the Kokuyo Dot’n’Roller adhesive is encased in a compact, easy-to-roll dispenser, and is refillable. The Dot’n’Roller is available in both permanent and repositionable, but I’ve only used the permanent. Each roll is three tenths of an inch wide and has 43 ft of adhesive. Unlike the Tombow or Scotch adhesive runners, it is made of many sticky micro dots rather than a solid strip of adhesive. These dots seem to make it easier to turn on curves while applying, and easier to rub off excess when necessary.
Most important is that the Dot’n’Roller adhesive is super sticky, and so far, seems to be holding its own quite well in my humid New Orleans climate. Since my first few purchases, my local scrap store has closed and now I can’t find the refills as easily. Also, a few of my recent refills have jammed and not rolled tightly, two of them to the point of not being able to finish the roll.
So here’s my basic run down:
- Familiar dispenser
- Compact size
- Micro dot design
- Sticky & strong
- Length per roll
- Harder to find
- Doesn’t always wind tightly
The Kokuyo Dot’n’Roller permanent adhesive retails for $5.99 for the dispenser and $4.49 for the refill. I also found one online retailer selling it for $4.50 and $3.50 respectively, with the refills even cheaper per unit if you buy a case of 100. A quick google search turned up a good price at Ritz Camera, of all places, as well as our friends at eclectic Paperie, who carry the repositionable as well.
Despite the two cons, I am determined to keep finding and using the Dot’n’Roller. Do you use it too? I’d love to hear your opinions!