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Forum topic by Cornductor posted 01-30-2012 05:57 PM 965 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-30-2012 05:57 PM

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Everytime I use my glue bottle I let the glue dry on the roller and then peel it off after it dries. Sometimes its easy to peel off and other times its a real pain. I’m sure that there may be a simpler way of cleaning up.

What tips or ideas do you guys have?

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#1 posted 01-30-2012 06:12 PM

If I need to cover a big area with glue, I just use a disposable foam brush and toss it when I’m done.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#2 posted 01-30-2012 06:27 PM

Ah Arlington, Tx we used to live in Saginaw and I do miss living there a little bit. Anyways BTimmons the foam brushes are a pretty good idea.

-- An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin

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#3 posted 01-30-2012 06:45 PM

I use foam brushes like Brian said. Otherwise, my only suggestion would be rinse it well before the glue dries and you won’t have to worry about it.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 01-30-2012 06:56 PM

When I am doing a large area or veneering – I use a mastic spreader – from Ace Hardware.
For veneer I only cover the substrate, because the veneer wants to roll up when you get it wet.

This one has 1/16th teeth.
I use this also for bent laminations, I lay all the laminations side by side (snugged up) then douche them with glue and use the metal spreader – - then just stack the laminations up and put them on the form.
Gets the job done with PLENTY of time left to get it positioned before starting to set up.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#5 posted 01-30-2012 06:56 PM

I wash mine after each use. If it gets bad….soak in vinegar a while.


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#6 posted 01-31-2012 04:59 AM

Bill Do you use just soap and water? And the vinegar isnt that the fix all house hold liquid. ; )

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#7 posted 01-31-2012 05:05 AM

I prefer the spreader DrDirt uses.

As far as cleaning goes, I just use a pail of water to keep any tool used to spread PVA clean. As soon as the glue is on the wood I drop the spreader into the water. Cleanup is finished later whenever I get around to it but it’s always easy since the glue is half-dissolved by then.

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#8 posted 01-31-2012 05:06 AM

I use plastic or rubber spatulas. Those cheap flexible ones you find in the dollar store. It’s usually only a dollar for four different sizes. Let the glue dry. Bend the spatula back and forth, peel the glue. Done.

Now, for real large jobs, I use scrap wood. I do a lot of scroll work and always have small pieces of quarter inch thick material. When a cutoff has a flat edge on any side of it, I throw it in a special glue paddle pile. With these, I squeeze glue all over the wood I’m trying to glue, spread it out with the small piece of quarter inch material, finish the project, toss the now usually gloopy scrap piece in the firewood pile.


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