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U Beaut Hide Glue {Pearl} 200gm


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Product Code: 09-110

Most modern glues are not able to re-bond to other glues or for that matter to themselves so clean timber to timber contact is a must, especially when working on the restoration of furniture.

Hide glue on the other hand will reglue to old hide glue and form a good strong bond to boot. This doesn't mean that you need not clean out the joint before reglueing, but you do not have to put in quite as much work as the old glue can be mostly removed with hot water and a rag without damage to the joint. The new glue will then bond to the residue that remains in the joint and is already keyed into the timber.

Hide glue comes in a powder or pearl form and is mixed weight for weight with water. ie 100grams of powder is mixed with 100grams of water. (I prefer to use rain water) This is left to soak for a short time, it will shell up during this time as the glue soaks up the water. It is then heated in a double boiler until it melts and kept at a constant temperature around 80 degrees Celsius. The glue should resemble a thick broth when it is ready for use.

Paint the glue on to both joints and press them together using a clamp. The new glue will melt the old remaining glue in the joint and form a new bond. You will have to work fairly quickly as the glue sets or rather jells very fast, especially in cold weather. The setting time can be retarded with the addition of a little extra water or by warming the joint prior to applying the glue.

Another plus for hide glue is its speed in setting. Because it works so fast it is some times not necessary to use clamps to hold a piece. In some instances you will find the addition of glue blocks to the back of a joint will strengthen and hold the piece together making for an easier and stronger repair.

Glue blocks are small pieces of timber usually triangle shaped. These are used to lend extra support to a joint especially on corner joints. Glue is painted on the two right angled faces, the block is placed in position and then slowly but firmly rubbed up and down until the glue starts to grab and the block can no longer be moved freely. These blocks have many applications in restoration work.