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Review: Mini Silicone Glue Brush
The Mini Glue Brush.
I was browsing the Internet a few weeks ago during one of my "nothing else to do" periods and came across a website that sold woodworking equipment and supplies. While browsing I uncovered a particular product, a Silicone glue brush.
As I am a woodworker who likes to make a number of boxes that need gluing, this item was of particular interest to me. I usually use a Chinese take-away dish to put my glue in with a small artists paint brush. Now this method has worked of sorts traditionally but I was finding that I almost always failed to remember to clean my brush after use and subsequently ended up throwing them out. Once the glue has dried on a normal brush you don't seem to be able to resurrect the brush successfully for further use. Naturally I would have to buy another brush to use and after awhile this can become expensive. I decided I had nothing to lose and everything to gain by buying this product.
I stood by for about a week for my package to arrive and once received put it straight to work. When it actually comes to gluing, the only difference to using the mini brush was that the conical shaped opposite end makes things easier to apply glue to dowel holes evenly and also to spread glue on smaller stock. It accomplishes this without applying glue to surfaces that require no gluing. This of course can make it less likely to need a wet rag to clean excess glue at the end of the job.
The big difference comes when it's time for clean-up. I mentioned previously that I usually forget to rinse the brush, well no problem using this one. As a matter of fact the drier the glue is on the brush the easier it is to remove. The stem of the brush is constructed from a fairly hard plastic but the bristles are made from silicone which is similar to that used in making certain forms of cooking equipment. Most types of glue will not adhere to the silicone and once the glue is completely dry you just peel the glue off the bristles and/or the conical end and viola! the brush is just like new and ready to re-use.
It is easy to peel and takes the same amount of time to peel as it would to rinse the brush in water. I did find out the hard way though, the glue must be completely dry or it doesn't peel off quite as well. I am fairly sure this brush is meant for use with water based glues and this is fine since there are other sorts of applicators for other types of glue. Another advantage is that they are inexpensive, no greater than the cost of a cup of coffee. You can buy them separately, in a pack of two or in a kit that includes a bigger brush, a comb for larger applications and a tray all made from the same materials.
Why You should Buy this Product
Just to recap here are some of the reasons why you should add these tools to your toolbox;
These products may not be to every bodies liking, some people cope with methods they may have used for a number of years and that is fine but I honestly think that these products are a great idea and will save time and money in the long run. I for one am glad I have these items in my toolbox. For more products and great value check out my other pages.