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Keeping glue from getting stringy

Whenever I use a hot glue gun I had been getting that stringy glue sticky mess when I get to the end of my gluing. I have been experimenting with different methods for stopping this mess from happening.

The method that I have found to work best takes a bit of retraining. When you are done gluing instead of instinctively picking up with glue gun creating that stringy mess, you lift the tip up a little way away from the project and make a few small circles. Then the glue detaches from the gun and you are free from the mess and able to continue with your project without having to stop and clean up every time you pick up the glue gun.

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how to use glue gun

PLug it in and if there is a on/off swith turn it on. The gun's heating element will get hot. When it is hot enough to melt the glue stick you have put inside through the hole (that is glue stick sized and on your end) then the trigger will push the glue stcik into the hot metal melting and coming out the end so you can deliver it where you want to glue something. Beware of the heat. You absolutely can burn yourself touching the hot parts of the glue gun. Think how you would not touch the hot part of a steam iron... same problem.) That's pretty much it. Pull the trigger to push the glue stick though and add more sticks as you need them. And beware of the very hot nature of hte tool.

Dec 27, 2013 | Stanley Crafts & Hobbies

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what type of glue is used for glue guns?

There are different types of glue sticks and these are selected depending on the material being glued. Some glue sticks are more suitable for wood based materials whilst others are for general gluing of a variety of materials.

Jan 10, 2013 | Crafts & Hobbies

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reapplying an undamaged weather strip/base of pass. window

At your parts store you can purchase a product called adhesive glue. In the business we call in yellow death. It is made by 3 M company.

Make sure both surfaces are dry, then apply the glue carefully to both surfaces to be glued.
Now, this is important. Bring both surfaces together for a minute, then carefully pull them apart a little distance. You will notice the glue becoming very stringy. Do this several times, as each time the glue will become tackier. The motion allows air to get to the glue, setting it up.
About the 3 or 4 time you will notice it becomes very sticky. That’s when you press the two surfaces together and press firmly against the door. It will be glued. That’s why we call it yellow death.

Be sure that it is the 3M product because there are imitations.

If you would like to contact me again about this or other problems, feel free to do so.
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Nov 26, 2008 | 1998 Mercury Mystique

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Glue Gun Support

Plug the glue gun into an electrical outlet. Make sure it is placed in a secure place, away from flammable items. As the glue gun heats up, a little bit of glue might drip from the end so you won’t want to leave it on a wood table or on carpet. Insert a glue stick into the back of the glue gun. If the glue gun already has a glue stick in the chamber, keep a second one in reserve nearby. Gather the materials you want to glue together. Hot glue works exceptionally well on thick fabrics, dried flowers, Styrofoam, wood and plastics. Since it leaves a thicker residue, it is not the best choice for thin papers, fabrics and ceramics. Check to see if the glue in the gun has melted by squeezing the trigger slightly and touching the tip to a test piece of paper. If the glue comes out easily, the glue gun has heated up fully. If the trigger is hard to pull, wait a minute more for the gun to heat more completely. Pick up the glue gun and squeeze the trigger slightly while you draw a thin line on one side of the item to be glued. Immediately place the other object to be glued on the glue line, pressing firmly. Hold the two pieces together for about 15 seconds. Test to see if the item still holds when you remove one hand. Let the item set for a few minutes in order to “cure.” Once the glue has dried fully, use a fingernail to scrape away any of the excess glue.

Aug 27, 2008 | Dremel 1550:30 Versatip Tool Kit

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