Oops, I used titebond original for a small outdoor project, can I seal?

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04-30-2013 09:50 AM

Topic tags/keywords: glue question

I made a Little Free Library with pine. Using what I had laying around, grabbed my titebond and used it for all joinery with finish nails of course.
For whatever reason I thought the titebond was whatever proof, what an idiot.

I’m going to paint/stain. Is there there an option to make sure moisture doesn’t affect the glue? Will sealing it with paint keep the moisture off the glue? it does have a “roof” to keep water out of the inside of course, roof is plywood with nails and titebond however.

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#1 posted 04-30-2013 03:10 PM

Paint it. It will be fine.

And good for you for making the library. That’s a project on my bucket list.



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#2 posted 04-30-2013 04:08 PM

Thanks Lee. I am just going with it too, it’s not like it’s going under heavy stress. But it will be outside in the open, in Wisconsin, with kids beating on it…. :)
I am putting some 1×2 trim pieces over where the plywood pieces meet. I will use outdoor glue for those. I feel that will put a seal on the joints, make a little stonger, and improve the aesthetic as well. And of course paint the whole thing well.

I know I am probably worried about nothing…. but would hate to have something fall apart.

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#3 posted 04-30-2013 05:17 PM

I don’t think it’s the end of the world, but you’re definitely not going to want to leave it to weather.

Painting it is gonna be your best bet. Staining alone won’t provide any additional protection. When the paint starts to go in a few years, you’ll have to touch it up though.

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