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What Spray Adhesive Should Be Used to Apply Woodworking Patterns
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Q: Many plans and articles call for adhering a paper pattern to the workpiece with “spray adhesive.” The adhesive is never identified further. The spray adhesives I have found work fine for gluing the pattern to the wood, but you need solvent to remove the pattern, which leaves the workpiece stained.

What spray adhesive do you use and what solvent removes the pattern?

Using spray adhesive to apply a woodworking pattern Many woodworkers use spray adhesives to attach paper plans to their projects, but clean-up can cause a bit of a mess if you don't know what you're doing with it.

A: I use 3M’s General Purpose 45 Spray Adhesive in a light-blue can. I’ve found that you can actually peel off the paper if you remove it within a couple of hours of applying the adhesive. If you wait longer than that, just soak the paper with mineral spirits, let it set for a few minutes, and then peel it up. Wipe off the glue residue with more mineral spirits. Scrape or sand to take off any remaining adhesive that might still be there. I haven’t had staining problems using this method.

posted on October 1, 2009 by Chris Marshall
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2 thoughts on “What Spray Adhesive Should Be Used to Apply Woodworking Patterns”

  • Tom

    what type of adhesive should I use when lining velvet in a jewelry armoire drawer ?

  • Eve Marshall

    If you go to Hobby Lobby, Joann's , or Michaels, you will sure to find what you need. But always keep a glue remover at hand and lots of pairs of gloves.

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