I have a jar that I use to clean my brushes, glue rollers and whatever
else I use to spread glue.
It's filled with water and gets pretty slimy/gunky at the bottom. If I
keep the stuff off the bottom it won't require anything but hitting the
stuff with an air gun to dry and then re-use. It gets so scummy quickly
that I have to clean them.
I am looking for something that keeps things off the bottom. Preferably
_like_ a grid from a flour. light box only way smaller that I can cut to
fit in the bottom of the jar.
Anyone got any ideas what I am looking for...
Solved the problem my going with two of the new silicone glue brushes,
which don't need much cleaning/rinsing, if any.
AAMOF, the more glue you leave on them overnight, the easier it is to
I have the brushes. But I stick them in the water so I can reuse them
quickly. I have 3 and rotate them... Still use acid brushes for tenons
since the problem with the silicone is they don't fit..
I use the poly glue spreaders for dovetails..
the roller for board edge join, and cards for large area face joining..
I find cleaning dry glue from the silicone a pain still, but better than
losing a brush.. dropping it in water keeps them ready all the time. I
just blow the water out and am ready to go. The silicone is nice when I
forget to drop it in water, when I am real busy aligning things. But I
need some kind of small grid... something I can cut to size, but the
square spacing has to be small enough that even an acid brush won't drop
That's what I was thinking. Maybe a couple of PVC "rings" to keep it off
If you don't want metal screen (it might possibly be ok if always
submerged), a couple of tacks of a water proof glue (hot glue might work)
would allow the screen to be stretched over the rings and keep it from
I've found that the key to cleaning the silicone brushes ... the more
dry glue, the easier and quicker it is to pull it off.
I keep a finish nail handy to reach under bristles, and lift up, on the
one's that were stored without sufficient glue to make it easy.
Almost sounds good. the problem is that it will sit on the bottom and
not be stiff enough if I glue it to a ring of some sort... Like another
top with the hole cut out... But something to think about...
I use an empty, upside down tuna can with holes punched in the bottom. Too
high tech? :)
It lives in a coffee jar - one of the smaller, red plastic ones - with a lid
that has some short slashes in a star pattern. Stick the brush handle
through the star, adjust brush so it hangs, put on lid.
Too much work :-)... no really, when dealing with a glue up, I just want
to chuck the brush in.. no setting the height or anything.
There has to be some small grid type stuff out there.
Punching holes isn't going to solve the sludge issue. I want it to drop,
and I don't see the glue doing that with holes in a can.. still too much
surface area... but might be worth a try... does your can _rust_ in the
bottom of the water????
No, it doesn't rust. Actually, for glue, I just put some water in the sink
and toss the brush in (it floats). If I used a brush, that is; usually I
just dribble on a sine wave of glue, put one piece on the other, slide a bit
The tuna can works well for paint too. The paint oozes out of the brush and
does drop through the holes in the tuna can. I use the same thing with
paint & lacquer thinners.
"tiredofspam" <nospam.nospam.com> wrote in message
Not really an answer to your question but a different approach. In the past
I cleaned my glue brushes but found that buying acid brushes for about $16 /
gross and chucking them after use is less aggravating and, from a time is
money stand point, cheaper. Rollers clean up quick in the sink...
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