Can be a bit tricky to get the paper out of the grooves after it's dried a while, but overall an excellent product Lisa Cirenza (London, United Kingdom) on 8 Jul 2012
Ken Bromley's replies: Hi, if you try lightly sanding the stretcher in the grooves, this should remove any excess varnish which could be causing the paper to stick.
I teach art classes and also do a lot of demonstrations and workshops for art groups and societies. I find the paper stretchers absolutely invaluable for this as I have to demonstrate on quite a large size of paper - otherwise the audience won't see it very well. If I used a big sheet of 300lb paper for a demo it would work out far too expensive but with a paper stretcher I can use a 90lb paper very successfully. I have two half Imperial paper stretchers and one full Imperial one.
Incidentally I find it a lot easier to use 90lb weight paper than 140lb. It hammers in very much easier. I tend to use a really good quality cotton paper (such as Arches or Saunders-Waterford) but only 90lb in weight. It makes a beautiful surface when stretched. Margaret Ellis (Sheffield) on 5 Oct 2009
I would never go back to gummed tape. These stretchers are quick, easy and fool proof and well worth the investment. I run a wax candle into the groove after every 6 or so uses and I've never had stuck papaer since. Carole Mattock (Bournemouth) on 31 Jul 2012