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Spray Glue Nozzle Glued Shut #1: Unclogging a Spray Glue Nozzle

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Blog entry by bosum3919 posted 08-15-2016 07:35 PM 629 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ever had a spray glue nozzle glued shut? Well I have and now I guess most of you are asking why I didn’t turn the can upside down and empty the nozzle when i was finished with the glue up. Good question. Only answer that I have is that I just didn’t. End result is that I have half a can of expensive glue that wouldn’t spray out. I tried all of the usual methods that came to mind. A small wire to ream it out, compressed air, cursing and throwing a few things. End result was that I still had a nozzle clogged up with glue. Then I remembered a hint that my nephew passed on to me. He is a scroller and he discovered that he could get glued patterns loose very easily by spraying them with super glue activator. I had tried it, but decided that it was a waste of expensive activator and didn’t put it in my bag of tricks. BUT…I decided to try it on this glued up nozzle. I hit it with the activator and ran a small wire though and had instant results. I now can get to the other half of my spray glue. Anyway, I thought that I might pass this along for anyone else who is too cheap to throw away a half can of glue.

THE CULPRIT

THE SOLUTION

-- Bob



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Redoak49

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#1 posted 08-15-2016 08:36 PM

On the 3M 77, I just scrap the nozzle with a sharp blade and have no trouble.

I also bought a bunch of replacement nozzles on eBay that I use. It had a number of different styles.

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bosum3919

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#2 posted 08-15-2016 08:47 PM



On the 3M 77, I just scrap the nozzle with a sharp blade and have no trouble.

I also bought a bunch of replacement nozzles on eBay that I use. It had a number of different styles.

- Redoak49

Scrapping the nozzle with a razor blade wouldn’t have worked in my case. The glue was firmly entrenched inside the nozzle and not on the exterior. The eBay route is a good idea, but I needed to use the glue right then and I didn’t want to wait a week or go to the store and buy a new can.

-- Bob

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Richard

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#3 posted 08-15-2016 09:27 PM

In a Pinch I have used the nozzle from a standard paint can , the spray pattern is not quite the same but it works.

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bosum3919

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#4 posted 08-15-2016 10:04 PM



In a Pinch I have used the nozzle from a standard paint can , the spray pattern is not quite the same but it works.

- Richard

Apparently all nozzles are not created the same. That was the first thing that I tried. I couldn’t find one single nozzle from a paint can to WD40 that would work on my glue can. I am glad that you had better luck than me in that category.

-- Bob

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GR8HUNTER

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#5 posted 08-15-2016 11:20 PM

I usually turn my can upside down and spray it till clear ….. if that don’t work soak it in naptha overnight

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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kiefer

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#6 posted 08-16-2016 03:21 AM

Thanks for the tip I hope I can remember it .

Klaus

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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lew

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#7 posted 08-16-2016 04:33 PM

Neat tip. Thanks!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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