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post #1 of 8 Old 07-19-2011, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone interested in clean glue tips?

I will offer a way to keep your glue tips and caps pristeen and reusable if there is any interest.

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I will offer a way to keep your glue tips and caps pristeen and reusable if there is any interest.
Ok? I'll bite what are they? I'm always happy to learn something new!

Only thing I know of is to just not use em' lol

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Are we talking plastic glue bottles with snap up and down tips, like I've been refilling for years?

Or am I missing something here?

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OH, wait a minute ............Yep!.............That's what he said!

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Yes most of them are snap on caps which in the normal course of things become fouled in high heat and humidity.

Never throw away a tube or a cap when you're finished with a bottle of CA. Save em.

The ones you use every day seem to become glue bound or stopped up just when you need them.

I use a glass jar, usually a large baby food jar and keep it filled with acetone. When one of your tips is becoming clogged or a lid wont go all of the way on or the outside of the tube becomes gluebound, either get out a new tube/cap or one you have cleaned. Throw the sullied cap/tube into the acetone for a few hours and put your new or cleaned tube/cap on your CA bottle. You for most purposes have a 'new' tip.

After the sullied one has soaked for a few hours, swirl/shake the bottle to dislodge the particulate material which may be still lurking inside the tube. Now you have another cap that can be changed out when the one you've been using becomes sullied. Remove the clean one from the acetone with forceps and seal the bottle back up.

The only downside I see to this, is that the acetone becomes cloudy and slightly discolored after 6-8 uses. It is almost like a 'lite' CA. Dispose of it safely and dont get it on anything because it will stick to it...JIM

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AHH!, CA glue, I was thinking wood glue.

Great tip!

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Been doing that for a couple of years now and it works well except the acetone eats up the plastic in the lid of the baby food jars. I've started using the small jelly jars. I just did 3 lids and one tip yesterday.
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AHH!, CA glue, I was thinking wood glue.

Great tip!
Same... Cool

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Almost any “super glue” is anaerobic (cures because air is not present). That is why when you cut off the air it cures instantly, also you can squirt some out and leave it quite a long time. Almost all woodturners I know never replace the cap on their CA glue (capped or not the glue only has a shelf life of six months to a year). I do take a thin wire, about like a sewing needle, and clean the airway before sitting it back on the shelf. I quit putting caps back on my bottles about a year and half ago and have never had one clog up. Don’t store next to your accelerator.
From one manufacturer, a question you may have..
If anaerobic adhesives cure in the absence of air, how come they don’t cure in the sealed bottle?
A. The bottles are specially formulated oxygen-permeable polyethylene that allows air to pass through the wall of the bottle to maintain stability of the liquid product inside. The bottle is not filled to the top for stability purposes. A Loctite® 50 ml liquid anaerobic adhesive is 50 ml’s of liquid product in a larger-capacity bottle.

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