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How to Use Spray Adhesives

 Working with spray adhesive can be a tricky mess. Here are some helpful tips and techniques from glueplace.com that will make using spray adhesive easier, cleaner and enable you to get the most out of the product.

Spray adhesives are one of the most useful and versatile tools for home decorating, crafting, construction and quick household fixes. It is easy to use, dries quickly and holds well.

Basic Directions from www.glueplace.com: 1. Use only in a well-ventilated area.  2. Make sure surfaces are free of dirt, grease and moisture.  3. Shake can well before use.  4. If possible, mask off any area not applied with adhesive (this will also help in clean-up).  5. Hold can upright about 6" to 8" away from surface.  6. Test spray pattern in a protected area away from project surfaces.  7. Spray with a light, uniform coat.  8. When can I make the bond?  www.glueplace.com suggest that you use your fingers if it feels sticky, but doesn't transfer to your fingers, it's ready to bond.  9. To help prevent clogged nozzles after use, tip can upside down and spray until adhesive does not emit.

General Techniques

Use at room temperature.  All adhesives work best at room temperature (60°-80°).

Keep steady. A light but thorough coating of spray adhesive works best and two coats are much better than one heavy coat.

Keep your distance. Hold the can upright about 6" to 8" from the surface while spraying. Spraying too closely can wet the surface and cause puddling, which can extend drying times, weaken the bond, and affect the look of the finished project.

Protect from overspray. Just use a cardboard box, mask off surfaces with tape or paper, or cover the work surface with newspaper or other disposable material.

Save the nozzles. Nozzles on spray adhesives can get clogged.  Soaking clogged nozzles in turpentine or mineral spirits to loosen the adhesive. Also, save good nozzles from empty cans to use as replacements.

Avoid bubbles. A good way to help eliminate trapped bubbles when using spray adhesive to glue surfaces is to apply pressure starting from the center of the  material and then carefully working outward.

Purge the can.
To extend the life of the can of spray adhesive, turn it upside down when the project is complete. Spray into a safe location (like an empty box) until the glue stops coming out.