Iíve been using Titebond 2 & 3 for years now. But my issue has been with the shelf-life I seem to get maybe 1 year before it starts breaking down. I normally buy the 16oz bottles. I emailed Titebond support for more info about my issue. And how to decode the numbering printed on the bottle. Iíve asked employees at HomeDepot, Lowes, WoodCraft & Rockler and no one Iíve encounter knew the answer on how to decode the numbers.
So according to Titebond support: Titebond has a ďconservative 24 month shelf life. Can last longer than that with proper storage (cap tightly closed, kept at room temperature)Ē
I live in Texas and itís HOT in my garage in the summers, so Iím sure that does not help for its shelf life. Iíve been considering bringing my bottles inside during those summer months.
Now how to decode those printed numbers:
Here is my example:
(0013) Was the batch # that day.
The bottle with A510130013 was made in America (A) in 2015 (5) on October (10) thirteenth (13). It was the thirteenth batch made that day (0013).
Armed with this info, next time you go to buy some, you can figure out just how long itís been in a warehouse or on the store shelf to get an idea of how much longer of shelf life it has.
Iíd like to thank Paul Pavka with Titebond for the info.