I grew up in a household that had to line shelves with paper. Over the years the paper has changed but I still reach for the Con-Tact Brand. I currently have three types in my house. The last one I’ll tell you about is my most recent purchase and the one I dislike the most.
This industry was created in the early 1950s. This vinyl film, which was pressure sensitive, adhered to shelves and drawers; just what my mom and grandmother wanted.
Now Contact-Brand paper comes in many styles, types and patterns and is used not just in the house but for arts and crafts. When my daughter was young she taught me about the clear Con-Tact Brand paper which made a perfect cover for projects. I found some not too long ago tucked away in my house and used it to cover a puzzle that I didn’t want to frame but wanted to keep in one piece.
It now comes in a clear, one piece skin guard for your iPod and laptop. I have never used it but we are told that it adheres without leaving any stickiness behind.
The first Con-Tact Brand paper I used costs $5.29. The rolls have a liner that really is easy to peel. It’s adhesive and doesn’t leave a residue. It’s also easy to clean. The roll is 18 inches by 9 feet. The huge plus to this kind is that the back of it has lines and numbers making it really easy to cut into straight pieces. The downside is if you cut a large piece it ends up sticking together. I still use it because I find it to be the stickiest of all of them. In fact I bought some as an accent to use in my bathroom. There’s no way I could have done this project without the lines to guide me.
When we bought our travel trailer I used the Con-Tact Brand Grip Liner for the shelves that hold our dishes. It has a non-skid surface with bumps on it. It really does work. Although it doesn’t stick as well as the above product it is very easy to use and protects our glass items. This costs $5.29 for 5 feet by 12 inches.
My least favorite is the Con-Tact Brand Shelf Liner. This was my most was recently purchase. I bought it for a decorating project in my kitchen. It does not have a back with a liner that peels off which means cutting a straight line was virtually impossible for me. It has a light (emphasize light) adhesive so it can be moved around while you’re using it. It wipes clean. I did line one of my bathroom drawers with it just so I could use the product but it’s not for the public to see! This runs $3.19 for 10 feet by 12 inches.