I have about a 1/2 gallon of Titebond from a one gallon jug I that I've
had about 10-11 years. I have used it occassionally but bought a new
bottle of Titebond II for some important work just be be sure. Seems to
Anyone know what that practical shelf life of Titebond I would be? I
hasn't been exposed to temp extemes - well maybe a couple of times to
some high heat. But I'm in S. California so no problem with freezing.
"...Most of our yellow and white glues, including Titebond Original and
Titebond II, remain usable beyond two years. Should Titebond Original
become thick and stringy, or Titebond II turns into an orange colored
gel, these changes signify that the glue is no longer usable. The
minimum shelf life of Titebond III is stated as one year, when stored
appropriately at room temperature. Titebond III is expected to last
beyond its stated shelf life. If thickened, shake vigorously by firmly
tapping bottle on a hard surface until product is restored to original
"...we view the stated shelf life of most of our glues merely as a
guideline to avoid potential aging concerns. In reality, as long as
products like Titebond Original, Titebond II and Titebond III remain
fluid, without drastic change in appearance, they will continue to
perform as intended..."
When I went to Rockler today to buy the 4oz Titebond Glue, they had gallonS
of Titebond Glue for $2.00/gal! It was all yellow on top (dated) and just
felt didn't want to take a chance. They told me all I would need to do is
stir it and then it'll be fine.
According to Titebond website, it has 2 years shelf life.
Hehehe, you are way past the rated shelf life, 1 year I think. For yellow
glue I only use Elmers Carpenters, but I have a gallon jug that is at least
3 years old, probably more like 5. In the future I will date the jugs, but
at the time did not. As for practical life, I use it until it tells me not
to, which would be something like color, consistency, odor, particulates,
separated glue plasma, or anything else that made me suspicious. If I had
any doubts I would dump it. I keep it in a dark cupboard. It does get hot
in the closed up shop in summer time. I am also in SoCal, so freezing is
not gonna happen. I am sure Titebond is equally shelf stable. But it is
your table top that will split, not mine, so use your own judgment. You
could always do a test glue up. If the initial bond is good, I would not
expect the long term performance to be any different.
I asked TB about how long the yellow glue with the red cap lasts and they
told me indefinitely. Add a little warm water to the jug or bottle and stir
it up good and you are good to go. Be careful not to make it to thin. Add a
little at a time until you get it the consistency it was when you bought it.
I didn't ask them about the glue with the blue cap.
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