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Hi fellows,

I rescued an old can of contact cement from my basement and when opened it what I found was a thick contact cement jelly. I know I´d not be saving a fortune, but is it any way to bring that jelly into a fluid again? What should I add to it apart from thinner?


-- Emilio

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#1 posted 440 days ago

I’d just toss it.
You’ll spend more in solvent and time to try to get it usable again.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#2 posted 440 days ago

I don’t think that you can salvage it. If it were even to work I think it would leave a lumpy and/or uneven surface.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 440 days ago

Chuck it!

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Fred Hargis

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#4 posted 439 days ago

The glue has started to cure, a process you can’t reverse. So I won’t say what’s already been said a few times…...

-- I long for the days when Coke was a cola, and a joint was a bad place to be (Merle Haggard)

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#5 posted 439 days ago

You can get a thinner for contact cement that works reasonably well, but as NiteWalker said, it’s not worth the money or time to use it.


-- Tilbilly Mark

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#6 posted 439 days ago

Read here:

If it’s not too far gone it can be rescued.

It depends on the price of replacing it. A quart of Barge (the
best stuff) is about $30.


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Mainiac Matt

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#7 posted 439 days ago

I’d set it aside for shop projects that are less than critical, and buy a new can for your premium work.

I just used a thick and slightly lumpy bit in the bottom of an old can for a shop project and it came out fine.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#8 posted 439 days ago

Sure, you might be able to rescue this, but if you value your end product, I wouldn’t risk the failure of the adhesive when a few bucks gets a nice fresh can of reliable product.

It’s like assuming Jello will re-gel after you’ve re-liquified it.
There’s a chemical change that takes place when it gels—I can’t imagine that its going to be as good as the first time you put it in the fridge.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#9 posted 439 days ago

Thank you all guys!

I think my best bet is not using it… at least not for important projects… I still have some contact cement in good condition anyway :-) cheers,


-- Emilio

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