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Forum topic by Big Ben posted 11-27-2012 04:58 PM 854 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-27-2012 04:58 PM

Does anyone have a good method of removing glue from clamps?


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#1 posted 11-27-2012 05:01 PM

I usually just use a putty knife and if it is really hard to get off hit it with a heat gun or hair dryer to soften it up some…. It is also a good idea to use wax paper between the wood and clamp to help limit the amount of excess glue you get on them…

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#2 posted 11-27-2012 05:08 PM

+1 for Gshep.

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#3 posted 11-27-2012 05:21 PM

Unfortunately knives. The wax paper does help. I just never remember it when I am preparing to clamp something. I understand your problem, always a problem next project.

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#4 posted 11-27-2012 06:10 PM

I use a paint scraper, sharpened like a cabinet scraper. Works great.

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#5 posted 11-27-2012 06:13 PM

#1 I try and wipe glues off and #2 like Paul I use a sharp paint scarper.

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#6 posted 11-27-2012 06:45 PM

If you lube up the clamps with some wax (I use Johnsons) the glue is super easy to get off after it dries.

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#7 posted 11-27-2012 06:55 PM

If finish on the clamps isnt a problem I’d use a bit of heavy sand paper to get into contours that you cant scrape. I’ve heard if you spray some gun oil on a rag and treat the clamps with that, the glue wont stick quite as bad and it wont get your hand or work oily.

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#8 posted 11-27-2012 07:03 PM

BEN There is a very safe product made for cleaning saw blades to remove pitch glue et try this.It simply sprays on and you leave it for a while then wipe off if you have difficulty finding it let me know I think cmt make it.Kindest regards Alistair

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#9 posted 11-27-2012 07:29 PM

I use a wire brush with my drill and it does great for me. I use wax papeer also and keep a roll right next to my glue up table. Most of the time I remember to use it but when I forget the wire brush does the job.

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#10 posted 11-27-2012 09:26 PM

Scraper + heat
I’m impatient so I use a propane torch instead of a heat gun

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#11 posted 11-27-2012 09:38 PM

Soak the clamp in a vat of Ferric Chloride for a couple hours…

After all the metal dissolves into the solution, use a plastic spatula to skim the glue off the top of the solution.

Voila’! All the dried up glue you want without all the hassle of those pesky clamps getting in the way!

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#12 posted 11-27-2012 09:54 PM

DS that is funny…I started reading your comment seriously (as a chemist) and was thinking “good Lord! Ferric Chloride would destroy the clamps”....then read the rest LOL

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#13 posted 11-27-2012 10:00 PM

Scraper and heat, when you’re done wax the clamps and they will be a lot easier to keep clean.

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#14 posted 11-27-2012 10:03 PM

DS251 – LOL!

I use a utility knife to scrap it off (it’s the cheapest and in reach tool I have around). although that happens rarely as I keep the glue off the clamps to begin with (amount of glue used in joints, clamp position in relation to glue/joint, and being prepared for the glueup so that I’m not rushing or scampering around the construction).

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#15 posted 11-28-2012 12:34 AM

+1 waxing the clamps, not that I do it on all my clamps or at least not often enough….... :(

-- Art

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