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SonnyB

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04-16-2009 10:50 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question glue removal

Anyone know what I can use to remove built up glue from the bars of my Bessey clamps? Thanks in advance for your help.

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 04-16-2009 11:16 AM

I generally scrap it off with a blade from my utility knife. If you put paste wax on the bars after cleaning them it also helps with glue removal the next time you use them. I have also put painters tape on the bars, where it does not interfere with the clamp movement, to catch any glue drips.

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#2 posted 04-16-2009 12:10 PM

Use an old paint scraper to get the old glue off. Then I would recommend cleaning them after every use and keep them waxed.

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tom

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#3 posted 04-16-2009 01:18 PM

I made the mistake of using some new Bessey’s without waxing them. I scraped off as much as possible with an old chisel, then I hit them with a wire brush chucked up in my drill. I immediately waxed them up and have not had any build up since that did not just peel right off.

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SonnyB

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#4 posted 04-16-2009 02:05 PM

What type of wax do you use? Briwax or car wax or… thanks again for the responses!

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#5 posted 04-16-2009 03:07 PM

I heard you can put them in a really big micro wave oven, but have never tried it >grin< ... welcome to lumberjocks

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#6 posted 04-16-2009 04:44 PM

If the glue is not waterproof then wet, wait and wipe off…

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#7 posted 04-16-2009 04:46 PM

...and I use Johnson’s Floor Paste Wax on mine.

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#8 posted 04-16-2009 08:21 PM

I use Johnson’s paste wax but any good furniture wax would work.

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#9 posted 04-16-2009 10:02 PM

Heat will deactivate glue. Use an acetylene torch with descretion around the plastic ends. Then a scraped etc. will take it easliy off with very little elbow grease. I put masking tape down the bar now prior to glue ups.

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#10 posted 04-16-2009 10:14 PM

i use my old window scapper

andy

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#11 posted 04-17-2009 02:02 AM

use a heat gun or hair dryer most glues will soften enough to make removal easy

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#12 posted 04-17-2009 02:10 AM

Small strip of wax paper between your clamp and glue-up will keep the glue off the clamps.

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