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Forum topic by Robert posted 11-22-2020 09:54 PM 355 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-22-2020 09:54 PM

Well I’m getting dialed in re: mixing, handling, thickness etc. What I have no handle on whatsoever is the glue getting EVERYWHERE – on the hammer handle, on my bench, on my fingers, on my clothes.

Does hide glue wash out of clothes?

Once it’s in my fingers it seems like I can’t ever get it all off, everything I touch gets sticky.

Q1. How do you wash it off your hands? I don’t have hot water.

Q2 Glue pot. Right now I’m using a crock pot. It does a good job maintaining temp @ 140 +/- . FYI following an article in FWW I bought a wax heater. Set at 120°C it will only get to 130° F. I’m sending it back as defective.

On nice thing about the crock pot is I can keep another jar of water in case I need to add.

Since hide glue is definitely in my future a HoldHeet glue pot is on the way.

Q3. Glue brush – what do you use, where to get it. Do you clean it and how?

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#1 posted 11-22-2020 11:51 PM

Hide glue dissolves well in water including getting it out of your clothes although I haven’t had to try that one yet. :) If you don’t have a sink, it’s tougher but I suppose a bowl of hot water to wash it off your hands would work. I use an old crock pot and it works well at keeping the glue more or less at 145. I usually start with hottest tap water as mine is right around that temp.

Plastic squeeze bottles, with a few stainless steel bolts added to keep the bottle from floating around, are a great way to go and avoids brushes and keeps it off your hands. Hair color bottles are perfect. If you don’t know a lady who colors her hair, go to any hair salon and ask. They’ll have plenty of empties…

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#2 posted 11-23-2020 01:23 AM

Yes, it comes out in the wash.
1- Warm water is best but cold will do. Best is not to get it all over. No need to be messy. Check this blog series.
2- If you’re serious HoldHeet is the best.
3- This is the best glue brush I’ve found. They are round, last a long time, and have no metal parts.
There is no need to clean them. Leave them in the pot. Put the pot in a fridge when not in use and it will soften with the glue when you reheat.

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#3 posted 11-23-2020 04:45 AM

I fill a tub with a couple of quarts of hot tap water when I am starting to keep handy while I work. I usually keep a coarse shop rag and an abrasive pad in the water to wipe anything off, including my hands. I use the same water and abrasive to wipe off the glue from the surface of veneers after hammering it down.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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