Hot glue - does it expire?

Old 01-06-2016, 12:41 PM
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Default Hot glue - does it expire?

Maybe not the best place to ask, because we use mostly school glue, but the other day I got out my hot glue gun for a repair on a Christmas wreath, and it seemed to take a forever for it to heat up -- not a big deal, it did, the glue was melting but then it didn't seem to hold anything. I did decide my gun was just too old now - it must be at least 20 years old, which means the glue is too. There seems to be a lot of it (some is in a House of Fabrics bag to give you a clue how old it is). But my DH thinks I should give it to a thrift store, I believe it belongs in the trash. What would you do?
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Old 01-06-2016, 01:41 PM
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We'll if it didn't work for you, it probably won't for someone who buys it at the thrift store. Would you like to be the one who buys it?
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Old 01-06-2016, 02:10 PM
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hmmm, i think I still have some of that.
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Old 01-06-2016, 02:25 PM
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I still use my glue gun and old glue sticks occasionally. The glue sticks fine but check to see if they are high or low heat sticks. Different heat guns for different types of glue.
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Old 01-06-2016, 03:35 PM
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the gun might not have heated up enough. hot glue is really just a plastic that's been melted at a high enough temp to melt and cool fast. Try with a new gun first.
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Old 01-06-2016, 06:08 PM
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Very good point Lynnie, I was so impatient it probably didn't get warm enough.

Thank you everyone for your input.
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Old 01-06-2016, 06:20 PM
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Mine is over 5 years old and i recently used it with no problem.
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Old 01-07-2016, 04:06 AM
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Mine is at least 6 years old and probably older. I used it just before Xmas.....had no problems.
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Old 01-07-2016, 04:48 AM
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I scoop up all the hot glue sticks i can find at garage sales and estate sales. Some of them are very old and I
haven't had any problems with them.
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Old 01-07-2016, 04:55 AM
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I use my ancient hot glue gun/sticks occasionally with no issues but Tartan is correct...there are high and low temp sticks as well as guns. Just make sure they match. Unfortunately I don't think the sticks or the guns are specifically marked as being either beyond the initial packaging.
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