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Clogged Super Glue Applicators
CellarDweller21516
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Posted: Wednesday, February 01, 2017 - 10:34 PM UTC
In the past I have used super glue applicator tips like those from Mission Models but they would always clog unless I took the applicator tip off and blew out the super glue (but that didn't always work either. There has to be a better way to keep these things from clogging. I stopped using them because occasionally I would get CA on my lips...Not fun...I did try out Bob Smith Industries non-clogging pipette applicators but the glue comes out too fast for my liking. I did like the Mission Models tips...glue never came out too fast. How do I keep them from clogging?
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Posted: Wednesday, February 01, 2017 - 10:42 PM UTC
I have some nylon applicator tips that I got in Japan and I'm not sure of the brand, but I simply store the tube standing upright so the glue drains back and doesn't clog. Usually after a few months the tip will eventually clog up (which could probably be prevented if I weren't too lazy to wipe off the tip after each use), but I just snip off the very end with my sprue cutters and I am back in business. I like to use the really tiny tubes of CA glue so that if I do end up chucking the whole thing it's already pretty close to empty.

justsendit
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Posted: Wednesday, February 01, 2017 - 11:00 PM UTC
Saw a post recently where a member drilled a hole in a wooden block and inserted a vertical tube (sealed at the bottom). He added CA De-bonder to the tube and would place his applicator tool into this tool stand in order to keep the tip clean.

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Posted: Thursday, February 02, 2017 - 01:08 AM UTC
Yeah, I ordered some debonder on Monday with the same thought in mind...seems like it would work...Ultimately I would love it if I could find a way to leave the tip on the CA bottle and not clog so I don't have to take... it on and off
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Posted: Thursday, February 02, 2017 - 01:25 AM UTC
I never apply super glue with any kind of bottle or tip. Instead, I have a 1/4" glass plate I leave on my workbench, puddle a small amount of glue on it, and pick up the glue with a needle applicator I made myself. This gives an exact application of glue exactly where I want it. This saves money and time on all those applicators and glue tips. I try only to use BSI glues, the kind with the screw on top with a small metal nail in them-- that keeps my glue bottles clear for months--even years (working on a bottle I've had about three years now) on end. When I have a buildup of glue on the needle applicator, I just scrape it off using an old Xacto blade. If the glass gets crudded up, I just scrape it off in the trash with a razor blade in a handle- available at any good hardware store. I made my needle applicator from a length of steel wire, sharpened on one end, blunted on the other end with a flat spot, driven through a square wooden handle in the middle (keeps it from rolling). This has saved me endless frustration and money by keeping my super glue bottles in good shape.
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