“FIX THAT THING!” screams the headline on the Sugru site.
That’s all very well, but why is nobody addressing the obvious issue of how to pronounce it? Is it “Soo-groo”? Maybe “Sugg-roo?” Or possibly even “Shoogeru”?
I was kindly sent a sample to try, shortly before Father’s Day, with it being explained that it could make an alternative Father’s Day present. It’s described as self-setting rubber. Designed to stick to various types of surfaces including glass, steel, wood and most plastics, it resembles Blu-Tac, and even as the same consistency when you roll it in your fingers.
Sugru is designed to be a shapeable tough and flexible rubber. Once the packet is opened, the Sugru can be moulded into whatever shape you choose. Once left, it sets overnight, becoming more like rubber as we know it.
It comes in the primary colours, as well as black and white, which means you can get pretty much any colour when you mix the correct colours together. The packet even comes with a handy chart telling you which colours to mix together to achieve your perfect tone.
Once you’ve got your colour sorted, all you need to do is roll the Sugru in your fingers, mould it to the shape that you need and then let it set for 24 hours. The result is a piece of rubber in the colour and shape that you’ve chosen!
Amazon has listed the uses for Sugru as follows:
- Self-setting rubber, formed by hand and cures at room temperature overnight
- Self-adhesive - bonds to aluminium, steel, ceramics, glass, wood and some fabrics. Removable from most non-porous surfaces.
- Waterproof, UV resistant, electrically insulating and dishwasher proof when cured
- Blendable to any colour and temperature resistant from -50 to +180 degree Celcius
So far I have used my Sugru to repair (and strengthen) a phone charger that was beginning to wear and to add some extra protection to a mobile phone case that I had. I’ve even stuck a small piece of it over a slight hole that appeared in the shower, and that simple “life hack” has prevented water from spilling down the outside of the bath.
I must admit that it didn’t strike me as the kind of product I’d get much use from. However, I often find myself reaching for it now for various little fixes, and though I can’t honestly say that I would have been unable to live without putting Sugru on wires, or manufacturing a rudimentary cable tidy in the car, having the Sugru to hand has certainly made it easier to do and therefore worthwhile.
Sugru lasts for just over a year in the packet. However, if you store the unopened packets in the fridge, your Sugru will last much longer. In fact, it’ll make it last for up to 3 years, which is much better.
Disclosure: I was sent two packets of Sugru for free in exchange for an honest review.