What method do you use to remove dried glue from clamps?

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Forum topic by Douglas Bordner posted 12-15-2007 06:02 AM 13589 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Douglas Bordner

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12-15-2007 06:02 AM

Topic tags/keywords: dried glue cleanup

Anyone have a tried and true method they use to remove dried glue from clamps? I have a bit of a build up on my Jet parallel bar clamps. The bar appears to be stainless steel or chromed steel. I am trying paper towels soaked with vinegar, wrapped with plastic wrap to see if this will loosen things up. Just wondering if someone has a known solution to the sticky dilemma.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#1 posted 12-15-2007 06:08 AM

You might want to watch Episode 28 of The Wood Whisperer for some good advice and cleaning glue from clamps. After cleaning, it is a good idea to wax the clamps so that glue won’t stick in the future.

-- Roger - Havertown, Pennsylvania

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#2 posted 12-15-2007 07:08 AM

Wax the clamps? That’s brilliant!

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#3 posted 12-15-2007 07:30 AM

A sharp chisel takes it off also.

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#4 posted 12-15-2007 10:18 AM

Other than a scraper or sharp chisel or wax as my friends suggest you could try ringing the manufacturer of the glue. There is usually a solvent like mineral terpentine, acetone or white spirits etc.

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#5 posted 12-15-2007 02:09 PM

A knife or old wood chisels work fine for me. I like the idea of waxing the clamps too as it will not only release dried glue easier, it will also allow the clamp to slide easier, and protect it from the elements.

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#6 posted 12-15-2007 03:13 PM

I wax my cauls but never thought of the clamps them selves. Good Idea.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#7 posted 12-15-2007 03:38 PM

Hi Doug:

Try a heat gun or the little womans hair dryer. Just warm enough to soften the glue then scrape it off.

good luck


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#8 posted 12-15-2007 04:04 PM

We used to use a commercial made material that was specifically designed for this purpose. I can’t remember what it was called, but you painted it on the clamps and let it dry and glue would just pop off the clamp with finger pressure. It would last longer than wax which has a tendency to rub off after a few uses. We would coat all the clamps with this stuff twice a year. I will try and find out what it was called. In my home shop I wrap clear plastic packing tape around the body of my pipe clamps that I use for gluing up cutting boards..the glue wont stick to the tape.


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#9 posted 12-15-2007 04:36 PM

I wax my clamps with SlipIt Sliding compound. Easy to clean off glue and keeps the clamps sliding effortlessly. Doesn’t really answer your original question though. Hey, it’s early, what can I say!

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#10 posted 12-15-2007 07:23 PM

Couple of hours with the vinegar treatment softened the glue up enough to wipe it off with a rag. I always used clear plastic tape on my Pony pipe clamps, but I like the wax idea best. Thanks Fellas!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#11 posted 12-15-2007 09:17 PM

Wax! Why didn’t I think of that!? Doh! Doh!

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#12 posted 12-15-2007 09:22 PM

These are some great ideas. Thanks Doug for the blog and thank you gentlemen for the input.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#13 posted 12-16-2007 03:30 AM

Wax eh! I think I have about 50 lbs of fresh bees wax left over from honey extraction this summer. Think that would cover it? Probaby simpler to spray on some Pledge. Good idea

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#14 posted 12-16-2007 03:55 AM

I think wax is a great idea. Im getting tired of using a sharp chisel to remove glue.

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#15 posted 12-16-2007 05:29 PM

Spray on Pledge??? That gets me thinkin’ about spray on some silicone spray? Nothin’ sticks to that!

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