Turning Archive 2005

Using CA glue...

Wally Dickerman at Green Valley, Az.
>What would woodturners do without CA (Cyanoacrylate) glue. Here are a few facts about CA.

CA glue has a shelf life of about 3 to 6 months at room temps after opening. Refrigerating it after opening isn't recommended. Once it starts to thicken, it's best to discard it.

Refrigerating, to store CA glue before opening, is recommended. Do not freeze it.

CA glue bonds well with wet wood.

CA glue doesn't work well with oily wood. Some turners use acetone to remove some of the oil.

Don't use CA glue or accelerator if it's cold. Less than 50 degrees and it doesn't bond well.

When opening a new bottle of CA, throw away the cap. You'll get fewer plugged spouts without it. When I do get a plugged one, I replace it with a used one, and put the plugged spout in a glass jar containing acetone, which dissolves the glue. Save the spout for future use.

If you're getting a white residue, it's because you're using too much accelerator, and too soon. A light spritz will do after 30 seconds or so.


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