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Best Glue?

Discussion in 'Grumble Archive pre 2004 Topics' started by Jason Maranto, Dec 23, 2003.

  1. Jason Maranto

    Jason Maranto CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    Howdy Folks,

    I'm looking for an opinion of the best glue for joining frames -- my criteria include:

    Must be slightly flexible when dry.
    Must be quick setting.
    Must be easy to clean.

    Preferable to not have toxic fumes.
    Preferable to not need heat to use.

    I've been using wood glue that more or less meets my needs in a a few of these catagories but I feel something better must be out there... I don't glue as often as I could because of the time waiting for setting and/or mess.

    Thanks for any responses.

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  2. Frank Larson

    Frank Larson CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    Framerica's CornerWeld. Available from everybody including L-J and United.
  3. Gerard

    Gerard True Grumbler

    Maxim! Comes in 1 minute and 5 minute set up. This stuff is strong, cleans easy, and stays where you put it with out leaving a gap, clear and stainable.
  4. JRB

    JRB PFG, Picture Framing God

    My vote is Corner Weld.

  5. Framerguy

    Framerguy PFG, Picture Framing God

    I'm gonna be washy wishy on this one.

    I use both Maxim 5 minute and CornerWeld and like them both.

    I actually like the Maxim a little better because it dries clear, the CornerWeld stays white when dry. But I can get CornerWeld easier than Maxim so I use more of the CW than the M.

    That's the end of my story.

  6. The King

    The King SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    I hope that means you're using metal frames. If you're joining wood frames without glue, you're doing your customers a grave disservice. But I may have misunderstood the statement.

    My vote goes for Corner Weld.
  7. Jim Miller

    Jim Miller SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    3M Mini-Weld is the strongest glue I've ever seen, suitable for joining frames. It works like hotmelt, but dries like epoxy. There are three variations, and any of them would create a stronger bond than any typical frame glue I've ever used.

    Mini-Weld requires some care, practice, and preparation to use, but when the strongest possible joint is needed, that's the best. For everyday general purposes, I recommend CornerWeld. It's easy to use, economical to buy, everyone seems to stock it, and it's very strong.

    Ron's right, as usual -- you should ALWAYS glue wood frames. And you should always nail, too. A few framers think it's unnecessary to glue, and a few others think it's unnecessary to nail. Not so. Both glue and nails serve important purposes in the longevity of the frame's joints.
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