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bhacksaw

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02-01-2015 03:29 AM

I’ve noticed many of my favorite vloggers use flux brushes from spreading glue. Are they meant to be disposable or is there an easy way to clean the glue off to make them reusable? I’ve heard of leaving brushes to soak in water, but these flux brushes have metal handles, don’t know if that would be a good idea.


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DIYaholic

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#1 posted 02-01-2015 03:41 AM

I’ll rinse/clean them under the tap….
I’ll store them in water….
It all depends upon how soon I’ll be reusing it.

Yes they are metal and do rust…. hence the disposable nature of them.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 02-01-2015 03:45 AM

Wash them out before the glue has a chance to harden.. and then dry with a paper towel so they won’t rust. As long as you dry them good, they won’t rust.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#3 posted 02-01-2015 03:55 AM

I drop them in water after use they do rust but I reuse them many times before disposing of them.

-- Tom D

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#4 posted 02-01-2015 04:56 AM

I use them too, if you’re using Elmer’s, Titebond, white or yellow carpenters water base glue, I mash them in the palm of my hand under really warm tap water. I’ve left brushes in the shop over night, (as long as its cool 50s or colder and hours during the summer) and brought them up sit them in hot hot water for a few mins then do the palm mash they’re good to go.

-- I meant to do that!

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#5 posted 02-01-2015 05:27 AM

I keep a cup of water handy and drop them in for a couple minutes, swish them around, then shake the water out. I’ve been using the same glue brush for a couple years at least.

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#6 posted 02-01-2015 05:57 AM

The hairs fall out after awhile. I rinse then out and let them
dry and they last for several uses until the hairs start getting
in joints. It is possible the moisture from use and washing
swells the hair and loosens the grip so maybe squashing the
ferule every now and then would prolong life.

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#7 posted 02-01-2015 12:18 PM

HF sells a pkg of 36 for less than $3.00.
I tried soaking them in vinegar. Not good. It does really strange things to the metal.
So, now I rinse mine in water and reuse them. But, if I forget and the glue hardens, it’s no biggie.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#8 posted 02-01-2015 01:02 PM

I also keep a small container of water on hand and just toos the brush in it while I’m clamping. Then (if I remember) I’ll swish it around, and dry it with a paper towel. If I forget, I just do it when I’m ready to start gluing again; if I forget to put it in the water, big deal, pull out another. BTW, I cut the bristles back to about 1/2” or so before I use them. Seems to me to be a little easier to use that way.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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bhacksaw

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#9 posted 02-01-2015 01:06 PM

Thanks, everybody!

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#10 posted 02-01-2015 01:28 PM

I buy em at Harbor Freight, then give them a trim. I’ll just wash em out in a baby jar with water if I’m doing a lot of gluing up at one time. If I should forget to rinse em out, I just throw em in the trash.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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Tennessee

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#11 posted 02-01-2015 01:39 PM

Since they are 36 for $2.99 at HF, I just toss them. Tried the rinse thing, got rust and the hairs fall out. I don’t use them for small glueups anyway. Just the large panels, as when I sandwich together two layers of a solidbody guitar, or big planks on large bandsaw jewelry boxes.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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#12 posted 02-01-2015 02:29 PM

I can’t recall ever using a brush more than once, I get them at HF and use and chuck. More often then using a glue brush I take thin rips from the table saw and cut them to 8” lengths and use that as disposable glue spreaders.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#13 posted 02-01-2015 02:54 PM

I can’t recall ever using a brush more than once, I get them at HF and use and chuck. More often than using a glue brush I take thin rips from the table saw and cut them to 8” lengths and use that as disposable glue spreaders.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Jim Finn

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#14 posted 02-01-2015 10:35 PM

I use an artists brush for this and just keep it in a cup of water. Lasts for 5 years …so far.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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#15 posted 02-01-2015 10:53 PM

For larger stuff, it’s much easier to use an old credit card or some other type of plastic squeegee (like those used to lay down metal HVAC duct tape) to spread it out. Those little brushes are a PITA for large stuff and are better suited for smaller glue ups and getting into nooks and crannies.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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