Why Does My Glue Look Strange? Why Can I See It At All?

You don’t want to see any adhesive on your finished product. A good adhesive does all its work behind the scenes.

Unsightly glue lines turn a great project, package or product from success to failure. But you don’t have to accept poor adhesive appearance.

Adhesive appearance issues are usually easy to fix. They just require a little investigation.

These are the most common adhesive appearance issues and the easiest ways to get to the bottom of them.

Wood adhesiveMy glue looks glossy

Glossy appearance form your glue could be the result of two things:

  • Not enough pressure upon application.
  • Prolonged open time during application.

The fixes are pretty straightforward. If a lack of pressure is the cause, increase the pressure during assembly.

If you think you can reduce open time, the amount of time you have to mate the surfaces together before the glue sets, do it.

Problem solved!

My adhesive only bonds on one surface

Hot melt adhesiveThis is a little trickier. It could be the result of:

  • Poor joint fit. Misalignment.
  • Precure of adhesive. Adhesive open time elapsed.
  • Inadequate pressure. Not enough compression.

In order, you can try to improve your joint quality; reduce your open time, check the moisture content on your surface or decrease assembly time; increase pressure. It could also be that you have a coating on the surface that does not allow the adhesive to adhere ie. Varnish coating etc.

My adhesive is chalky

If your adhesive appears or feels chalky, it is almost always because the adhesive, stock and surroundings are too cold.

The only solution is to warm up your plant and the storage space for your stock to a more amicable temperature.

Contact us for recommended temperatures for your specific adhesive.

My adhesive leaves a blue-black stain on hardwood surfaces

Woodworking glueWhen this happens, your adhesive is contaminated with a high concentration of iron.

It is likely that somewhere in your process the adhesive contacts bare iron before application to your wood surface.

Walk along your process and see where your iron surfaces might contact your adhesive prior to application.

My adhesive leaves a thick, noticeable glue line

Adhesives in your process should never leave behind obvious traces.

If you notice a thick glue line, it is because of a:

  • Poor joint fit.
  • Inadequate pressure.

To remedy:

  • Check and verify your joint quality.
  • Avoid hollow joints if possible.
  • Increase pressure during bonding.
  • Reduce your assembly time.

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