We are proud to offer Miracle Muck® glue. Due to its non-yellowing, low acidic properties it is ideal for joining wood to wood, fabric to wood, fabric to foam core, fabric to gator board, and fabric to mat board.
- Available in following sizes: 8oz | 32oz | Gallon
Thousands of Artists and Framers use it every day for bonding just about any type of Canvas or Fabric (Cotton, Linen, Silk etc) to almost any type of surface.
It is a fantastic all around adhesive, great for laminating Artist Canvas or linen to panels, joining corners, attaching fillets or adhering fabric to mats, liners or panels.
It can be used cold and wet, or on flat surfaces, applied, allowed to dry and then activated with heat.
In addition to being a great adhesive, Miracle Muck, a PVA (Poly Vinyl Acetate) that dries clear and does not yellow or become brittle over time, is also used by many artists to size a canvas prior to applying the ground.
It should be applied to both sides of the canvas with a foam roller or soft brush. The number of coats necessary depends on what you will use as a ground and whether you are painting with acrylics or oil based paints. We recommend testing a small canvas first to achieve your desired finish.
Miracle Muck is one of the Art and Framing industries favourite products. Since it was developed by Raphael's back in 1978, it is an adhesive that has stood the test of time. Thousands of Artists and Framers use it every day for bonding almost any type of Canvas and Fabric (Cotton, Linen, Silk etc) to almost any type of surface. It is a fantastic all around adhesive, great for laminating Artist Canvas to panels, joining corners, attaching fillets or adhering fabric to mats, liners or panels. It can be used cold and wet, or on flat surfaces, applied, allowed to dry and then activated with heat.
PLEASE NOTE: Miracle Muck is subject to freezing in its liquid form, and once frozen is permanently ruined.
The Full Story About Miracle Muck
Is Raphael’s Miracle Muck ph neutral? The short answer to this question is that Miracle Muck is slightly acidic as it pours from the jug. The more complete answer, and what really counts to most users, is a little more complicated than this adhesive’s ph in it’s liquid form. Judging the usefulness of an adhesive based purely on its liquid ph misses the mark for a couple of reasons. First of all, almost any adhesive can have its ph chemically raised or lowered, and in most cases this would tend to reduce its effectiveness as an adhesive. What most people really want to know when they ask about the ph of Muck, is “what effect will this adhesive have on the other components of this framing package?” The answer to this question is that once Muck has dried, it will be essentially inert and have no negative impact on the other components. But there is more to it than that, because as it dries Miracle Muck becomes an effective barrier that will serve to inhibit the migration of acidity from other components it is applied to, such as wooden liner stock , for example. Since the most common way acidity moves within the framing package is when the components absorb moisture from the environment it is nice to know that once it has cured (48-72 hrs after application) Muck is nearly impervious to moisture. In fact the combination of the acrylic primer we apply to nearly all of our Liner stock and Panels, and Miracle Muck, is really one of the most effective barriers you could ask for to protect your art.
Because Miracle Muck serves as a fantastic ADHESIVE , an effective BARRIER, does not OUTGAS, and is very resistant to being broken down by the primary carrier of environmental acidity – moisture, you get something that is a lot more than just ph neutral. We have had testing done on several occasions that supposedly simulates the passing of time. 50 years, 100 years, they say the adhesive holds up just fine. The thing that has given us the most confidence however is our own first- hand experience. There are few adhesives that have been used for as many years by as many individuals as our Miracle Muck. We have been working with Muck for 35 years at this point and have numerous framed oils where the canvas was adhered to various different “hard boards” (we couldn’t afford to be that picky back then) using Miracle Muck. Most also included fabric-covered linen liners where the fabric had been glued to the liner stock using Muck, and where the corners of the liner and the frame had been glued with Muck (accompanied by a few straight nails). None of our framed pieces show any sign of deterioration, discoloration or failure of the bond. We have never heard directly or indirectly of any instance where our Miracle Muck has caused harm to a piece of art. For the vast majority of framing situations you could not ask for a more effective, “friendly”, or stable adhesive.
Miracle Muck was created primarily for use in and around Art. We believe the value of this adhesive goes beyond just being "friendly" or "non-harmful" to the adjacent components. When applied to a surface it serves as a significant inhibitor to the flow of moisture (and acidity) providing a sort of "barrier" that keeps the acidity often present within a Panel or in other components from migrating. At the Library of Congress they have been using a "sealer" made by Camger (a polyaliphatic urethane) to provide this same sort of protection to their documents. The sealer itself is not ph neutral, but once it is applied to certain wooden storage boxes, these boxes are said to be archival quality because they have this barrier coating. We feel that our adhesive performs much the same function when it is used to bond a Canvas to a Panel or other surfaces. Once dried it is essentially inert, no longer acidic, not harmful to adjacent components. In the three and a half decades we have been selling Muck we have sold literally tens of thousands of gallons to Artists and Framers across the country. Frankly we have yet to encounter an adhesive that we feel does a better job in this situation than our Miracle Muck.
CEO of Raphael's Inc. (the company which created and sells Miracle Muck)