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trsnider

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08-09-2021 10:29 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question removing glue clothes

Has anyone successfully removed dried PVA glue from clothes? Obviously my SO frowns on cutting out the spot for some reason. Scraping it off would probably wear the material & make the spot look worse that the glue does. I don’t think a hot iron would touch it, but thought about trying it. Any successful solutions? Guess I will wear that apron hanging up during future glue ups. :)


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#1 posted 08-09-2021 11:08 PM

Did you Google it? There are several ideas. Most involve steam or boiling water to soften the glue.

Here is one link
https://www.wikihow.com/Remove-Dried-PVA-Glue-from-Fabric

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#2 posted 08-10-2021 04:11 PM

of course :). The hot iron and steam had minimal effect. That’s why I asked.

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#3 posted 08-10-2021 09:09 PM

Have you tried soaking it in white vinegar or Krud Kutter?

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#4 posted 08-11-2021 12:58 AM

Congratulations! You now own a pair of glue up pants!
The only fix I’ve found is to buy a new pair of pants and use those for all future messy jobs.

My wife complained once that I was messing up my jeans all the time and that I should get some work jeans.
I told her all my jeans ARE work jeans. She’s never brought it up again.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS

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#5 posted 08-11-2021 01:05 AM



Congratulations! You now own a pair of glue up pants!
The only fix I’ve found is to buy a new pair of pants and use those for all future messy jobs.

My wife complained once that I was messing up my jeans all the time and that I should get some work jeans.
I told her all my jeans ARE work jeans. She’s never brought it up again.

- DS

ditto, there are some sacrifices that happen in the shop, spillage is one on clothing, hehe, i’ve damaged more than my fair share in the last few decades
rj in az

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#6 posted 08-11-2021 03:20 AM

Big Mac denim overalls are more effective than a shop apron. Carharts are too stiff and heavy for light duty in the shop.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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trsnider

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#7 posted 08-11-2021 09:29 PM

Yeah – I have several pairs of glueup jeans now, and a new pair of glueup shorts. :) In the cool weather I wear bib overalls in the shop/around the yard. No Carharts though, I’m not messin around in cattle or pig pens on the farm.

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#8 posted 08-12-2021 02:08 PM

PolyvinylAcetate (PVAc, but also PVA) is the stuff of Titebond.

A conservators article has lots of details here
The list quite a few organic solvents that most of us can’t get. But they do include ethanol, MEK and acetone.

I think we have all found that water doesn’t work. One group says boiling water might.

I’m going to see if any of my solvents will touch a dried blob of titebond. But water is the ONLY solvent i am going to heat up since I can’t control the flashpoint of the organics.

Note that it is NOT polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) that is used as a water-soluble 3D printing support.

-- Mike (near Boston) ... Laziness is the mother of invention, necessity is the mother of exhaustion - me

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#9 posted 08-12-2021 03:01 PM

I suggest you wait until they get really bad and then put them on ebay. Ask about $1,900 and undercut Saks Fifth Avenue.

-- "Join the chorus if you can. It'll make of you an honest man." - I. Anderson

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#10 posted 08-13-2021 12:17 AM



I suggest you wait until they get really bad and then put them on ebay. Ask about $1,900 and undercut Saks Fifth Avenue.

- ChuckV


OMG, that is SO TRUE! And to think that I was tossing my ripped jeans when I was in college.

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#11 posted 08-13-2021 03:15 AM

I suggest you wait until they get really bad and then put them on ebay. Ask about $1,900 and undercut Saks Fifth Avenue.

- ChuckV

OMG, that is SO TRUE! And to think that I was tossing my ripped jeans when I was in college.

- Dark_Lightning

IM not giving my work shorts away for anything less than 1996$!!!

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#12 posted 08-13-2021 01:41 PM


I suggest you wait until they get really bad and then put them on ebay. Ask about $1,900 and undercut Saks Fifth Avenue.

- ChuckV

OMG, that is SO TRUE! And to think that I was tossing my ripped jeans when I was in college.

- Dark_Lightning

IM not giving my work shorts away for anything less than 1996$!!!

- CWWoodworking

It’s great to see a man of principle who isn’t in it for the easy money!

-- "Join the chorus if you can. It'll make of you an honest man." - I. Anderson

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#13 posted 08-15-2021 05:02 PM

I tried Titebond Original in 4 solvents; water, acetone, naphtha, mineral spirits. I put globs of glue on card strop, soaked in solvent for 5 hours.

Water worked out the best and completely degraded the dried blob. Acetone only slightly softened it, and naphtha and mineral spirits didn’t touch it.

I didn’t even heat the water. It was also five hours, so if you have good pants you need to rescue, you might want to soak them overnight.

2 caveats: 1) I only used titebond orig. Titebond II and III are supposed to be waterproof/resistant for outdoors, so I would be dubious about water working. Maybe acetone, but that will also dissolve some synthetic clothing fibers. 2) It seems that Elmers has changed their fundamental formula twice in the last 40 years, so it might be an entirely different adhesive.

-- Mike (near Boston) ... Laziness is the mother of invention, necessity is the mother of exhaustion - me

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