While doing my reverse snowbird thing this summer, my glue bottles
containing Titebond II turned orange and into the consistency of
flubber. The gar^H^H^Hshop gets up to about 120+ here in AZ. I tried
water and vinegar with no apparent reaction. A long thin screwdriver
got about 95% of the goo out. Is there a solvent for titebond in this
condition? Got 'em soaking in water at the moment.
Well that does not sound good. ;~) I have a couple of quarts and they were
starting to get thick. Upon bringing this to Franklin's attention they told
me to moderately bang the bottle agains a solid object, like the floor. the
stuff almost instantly went back to normal viscocity. You might try that,
it is certainly cheaper and it potentially will give you instant
: While doing my reverse snowbird thing this summer, my glue bottles
: containing Titebond II turned orange and into the consistency of
: flubber. The gar^H^H^Hshop gets up to about 120+ here in AZ. I tried
: water and vinegar with no apparent reaction. A long thin screwdriver
: got about 95% of the goo out. Is there a solvent for titebond in this
: condition? Got 'em soaking in water at the moment.
: - Doug
BTDT. I've had good results with a soak in boiling water to soften the goo up
then I dig it out with a stick and a toothbrush. I find that the disposable
chopsticks will get into the round corners of the glue bottle quite well. If
fails then you could try letting it completely harden then flex the bottle and
the flakes out with needle nose pliers.
You're correct - a mechanical scraping of the goo, then hot water, time,
old tooth brushes and wooden skewers and I save a nickel or two :-) The
bottles are clean and ready for fresh glue. Apparently water is a
solvent for titebond II in this condition, although a slow solvent.
Interesting that Titebond III is still OK even though the same age.
I assume you are trying to save the bottle?
1. Put some small brads into the bottle.
2. Add water
3. Shake as frequently as possible
5. Empty dirty water, add new every couple of days
6. Wait some more
4. Goto #5
As Dick at Woodcraft at Springfield, Virginia points out - glue is the
cheapest thing in woodworking. I'd suggest: forget the vinegar and
soaking, trash the bottles of glop and buy reliable, new stuff.
A glue failure in a piece of woodwork is far more expensive.
I don't know about heat, but I sure know about cold. The first winter in
my shop, the Titebond froze, and I thawed it out. The consistency
returned to normal with decent temperatures. However, the glue sucked
after that. I couldn't get a decent glueup, and in desperation, bought
new glue. Glueups were fine after that, and I tossed the bottle that had
I'd be doing the same thing with glue that over heated, but YMMV.
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