Has Titebond III changed recently? I just started using a bottle that I
bought a month or two ago. It's much lighter in color and thinner than
my old bottle. It's so light in color I wondered if they'd put Elmers
white glue in the wrong bottle :-).
I use tb3 because of its long open time and because it doesn't run
easily. The open time may still be OK but boy is the new stuff runny.
Anyone know why/when/if it changed?
SFWIW, if viscosity and pot life are of concern then epoxy
is probably your answer.
Using a slow hardener, you have a 25 minute pot life at 25C (77F).
Add micro-balloons to thicken as required.
System 3 has a lot of choices.
Based on the above, I don't use TBIII.
Do use lots of TBII for normal wood working applications.
Check the date code on it, it will be the printed numbers on the bottle.
Here is what TB sent to me. You might have to mix it up with a stirrer
on your drill. I had this issue with the extended time TBII. Their
suggestion was to stir it, thin it down a touch, or replace it.
I would say that if the date is beyond 2 years, return it.
The first letter is A for made in America, the first digit after the A
is the last digit of the year of manufacture, the third and fourth
digits represent the month, the fifth and sixth digits represent the day
of the month and the last four digits represent the batch number.
A104270023 – This material was manufactured on April 27, 2011
In your case the manufacture date was January 11, 2011 which puts the
bottle somewhere a little less than 3 years old. This is on the older
side for Titebond II Extend especially if it has not been mixed properly
over time. Has the adhesive turned an orange color? If so, it is no
longer useful as an adhesive. If still a milky color, you can try the
5% water and mix vigorously.
Just bought a new bottle of TB 111 last week and noticed the exact same
thing, so its not just you.
M402140108 = Mexico? February 14, 2014
Had no problems with the glue, despite the change in consistency and shade.
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