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Removing PVC-E Glue
By John A. Tuttle

Hi All,  I just finished reading all 19 postings in the Digest with
'Removing PVC-E Glue" in the Subject.  Since the late 1990s, here is
the list of 'solvents' or 'techniques' that people claim have worked
for them.  In the instances where some product was used to soften the
glue, the glue was scraped off after it softened or jellied.

 1. scrape with a sharp knife, razor, or scraper
 2. hydrogen peroxide
 3. MEK (methyl ethyl ketone, butanone)
 4. Parks Furniture Refinisher (alcohol, acetone, benzene, etc.)
 5. prime wood with PVA (polyvinyl acetate) before using PVC-E glue
 6. water (put piece on water-soaked rag until glue is milky-colored)
 7. finish amalgamator solvent
 8. liquid paint stripper
 9. Superglue remover (acetone 100%)
10. rubbing alcohol (30% water)
11. a heat gun
12. seal wood with shellac before using PVC-E glue
13. 3M General Purpose Adhesive Cleaner

As a side note, I've spoken at length with Rob at Schaff and Jason at
OSI over the past two years.  The reason we don't have thin pneumatic
cloth is because the manufacturer can't find a source of cotton cloth
that is the correct thickness and has the right thread count.  Both
suppliers are dubious about the cloth ever being available again.

If that is indeed the case, do we really need to be concerned about
ever using hide glue on the surfaces of small-to-medium size bellows
where PVC-E glue was previously used?  I submit that a more important
concern is preparing the raw wood before PVC-E glue is used so that
it won't be as difficult to remove when that becomes necessary in the

John A Tuttle
Brick, New Jersey, USA

(Message sent Wed 24 Jan 2018, 02:45:35 GMT, from time zone GMT-0800.)

Key Words in Subject:  Glue, PVC-E, Removing

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