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Forum topic by JesseTutt posted 06-12-2014 02:18 PM 5177 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-12-2014 02:18 PM

Topic tags/keywords: spray adhesive nozzle cleaning nozzle question

It seems that I am forever grabbing that can of temporary spray adhesive to attach a pattern to a piece of wood and finding that the plastic nozzle is clogged.

What method(s) have you found to clean the plastic nozzle on a can of spray adhesive?

(I was not sure whicch forum to post this in)

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#1 posted 06-12-2014 02:34 PM

Very simple…I turn the can upside down and spray until the glue stops coming out and then clean any residue on the nozzle tip with a bit of acetone and a paper towel or rag. This has never failed and I have been using spray adhesives for many years

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#2 posted 06-12-2014 03:44 PM

Greg: you are correct. I normally do this, but sometimes when I come back to use the spray the nozzle is clogged up. What do I do in that case?

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#3 posted 06-12-2014 03:51 PM

Pull out the hammer.

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#4 posted 06-12-2014 04:00 PM

I keep a torch tip cleaner in my shop tool box for such stuff. This amounts to a $3 tool that has a bunch of really small round shafts in different sizes that are serrated to clean the orifices on torches. But I use the upside down trick, so don’t really have much problem with it.

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#5 posted 06-12-2014 05:16 PM

Soak the nozzle in lacquer thinner or acetone and then use a fine toothpick or a needle to clean out the nozzle’s orifice. As others have said, make it a habit to turn the can upside down and spray until only the propellant gas comes out. I do this all the time and I never have a problem. If worse comes to worst, you can always swap the clogged nozzle for one off of an empty aerosol can.

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#6 posted 06-12-2014 07:29 PM

What Finsherman said.

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#7 posted 06-12-2014 09:39 PM

Yep, same as above. I just used lacquer thinner today on a spray glue nozzle. It worked great. I didn’t even have to remove it and soak it, just used a brush dipped in the thinner to clean off the nozzle.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#8 posted 06-12-2014 11:31 PM

Cheap carb cleaner with a straw attached always works for me.

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#9 posted 06-13-2014 01:47 AM

I have a small jar of lacquer thinner, putt the spray tip off the can and toss it into the jar until next time. Have not had any problems

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#10 posted 06-13-2014 03:27 AM

I like spray adhesive for some things, but for template patterns I use carpet tape. It is double sided tape available in the tile / flooring section of Lowes.

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#11 posted 06-14-2014 01:13 AM

I frequently use 3M spray adhesive and the nozzles get clogged. Turning them upside down to spray wastes a lot of adhesive. I clean the nozzles off as good as I can but when they good really bad I replace them. I found someone on ebay that sells replacement nozzles and it has been well worth it.

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