I've always used Q-Tips to apply contact cement in small areas. Truthfully sometimes they "Frizz" and are a PITA! On my recent build I had to spread some cement but had run out of Q-Tips! I dug one out of the trash where I do my leather work. The tip was covered with dried contact cement, I wanted to get the sheath done so I used it as it was! It worked GREAT, better than the regular Q-Tip because all the fibers were sealed up with the cement! So a nice little hack was found due to necessity!!