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Old 06-26-2002, 03:43 PM
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Post Hot glue solvent

Does anyone know of a chemical that will dissolve the hot glue used in those glue guns with the cylindrical sticks? I have a device that was assembled with this type of glue and I need to disassemble it with destroying the electrical components inside. The plastics used in the device are resistant to most chemicals including hydrocarbons but nothing I've tried will dissolve the glue.

Any help would be appreciated.

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I personally have not seen a chemical that disolves that stuff unless maybe gasket remover or spray paint stripper..that stuff softens everything. I used to use that stuff to remove conformal coatings off of circuit boards. If possible what I would do is heat it up with a heat gun and melt it out. Sears sells a "paint burner" for about $10 that will do the trick. Just be careful not to use any more heat than necessary. I would melt a little at a time until it's out. I would also count on a burnt finger or two..nothing's easy!
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I'm going to use an oven to try and soften the glue and see if I can pry the thing apart. The device is a switch hat for a flexible endoscope and there are three micro switches inside worth $0.50 and the entire hat is worth $500?!! I would say it is worth it for me to try and disassemble the hat to save $499.50!
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does this help? had to go to google to find out what is an endoscope, found this sithttp://www.endoscoperepairparts.com/
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Been buying third party parts from that guy for years, I don't anymore because I get Olympus factory parts under contract through Carsen in Toronto. A first in medical equipment history BTW.
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Just a Ideal 4 jaw but they sell some kind of solvent in hobby shops that breaks down model car glue for disassembly.dont know if that would work on hot glue.(wrenchturner)
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Thanks Wrench! I'll give it a try. Do you know what the chemical is or the name of the product? I have to be careful what is used on the device as it is for a medical instrument.
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Found this link and thought I would share it with the forum, this solvent claims to dissolve hot melt glues.

http://www.bird-x.com/products/safety.html
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yea, heat it with a blower dryer and then peel it off. Or try lacquer thinner, it disolves most stuuf. Just put some on a rag and press it against the gule for a few moments. Thats what we do at the shop anyway, or try and heat the meteral and maybe that will work.
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