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    Question Gorilla Glue Solvent?

    Anyone have any tips on removing hardened Gorilla glue from a wood surface? Customer's soon-to-be X tried to repair a screen frame and he used Gorilla Glue which, of course, without clamps, bubbled out and has ruined the lacquer finish.

    I have tried lacquer thinner, denatured alcohol and acetone so far - with zero results.

    Barring anything to remove the stuff - how about suggestions for a glue to stick the parts back together again - 2 part epoxy maybe??? What sticks to Gorilla glue???

    I loathe Gorilla Glue.
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    Check the manufacturer's website. They will list any solvents and document the proper procedure.


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    No luck on the manufacturer's website - unless "scrape, chisel or sand" is the only answer for the dried carp.

    Did I mention that I loathe Gorilla glue????

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    scrape, chisel or sand
    yep, thats the only way.

    Cars are loathsome item too, if they aren't used right.

    Gorilla is a very good product, but like other products must be used as directed. Titebond IIII would have done a number on the finish as well; and we won't even go there with 2P epoxy.

    I'm thinking that when you say screen frame, you mean outside application.... I'd recommend a good cleaning (scraping and chisel with a little sanding) of the mating surfaces, and applying a liberal use of a band clamp and ..... yes..... gorilla glue.

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    Thanks, Baer - its like a Japanese screen - only it is modern, with abstract figures painted onto glued-on canvas - and badly finished black lacquer frame. Wife thinks soon-to-be X really hates her because he did such a lousy job trying to fix her screen. I am going to tell her he was really trying his best but he is a lawyer not a woodworker and he didn't have the correct tools!

    I guess it is lucky for me then that GG comes in really small sizes now - because once you open it the bottle dries out completely after one use - no sense even trying to keep it going - it is worse than a tube of silly cone!

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    Tood bad Framer, I was expecting a much nicer solution.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Framar View Post

    I guess it is lucky for me then that GG comes in really small sizes now - because once you open it the bottle dries out completely after one use - no sense even trying to keep it going - it is worse than a tube of silly cone!
    Hmm.. I have a bottle of GG right here that has been opened for a year now and is still in 'good as new' quality.

    Since it expands, during use, to 3x it's mass when drying you have to almost stand on top of it to catch, and wipe away the excess before it drys.

    Did I say I love GG?

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    Not a Gorilla Glue fan but am a BIG Gorilla Tape fan. That stuff is so sticky that if it sticks to you and you're not careful, you could remove skin. Makes duct tape look like a post-it note.
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    Well, I was lucky today - scraped off almost all of the GG and the yellow wood glue on the other half of the screen's frame, and was able to reglue the whole shebang with yellow wood glue.

    Glad I found the "scrape" idea on the GG website - I have these tiny micro scrapers, oval, triangular, square and leaf shaped that were simply perfect for the job - I have so danged many miniature tools I forget what I have sometimes!!!

    I have been meaning to try the Gorilla Tape - what do you use it for anyways???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Framar View Post
    I have been meaning to try the Gorilla Tape - what do you use it for anyways???
    Sticking things together...........





    One of the things we use it for is to secure those foam core hangers with the sticky backs. Those backs aren't that sticky because they often fail, especially in hot weather on larger pieces. Slap a 3" strip of GT over them and they will stay!

    Use it on anything where regular tape might work, but you want just a little more stick. Like on the Spinal Tap movie where the guy's amp knob went up to 11.
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