Should you remove a glue stick from a glue gun?
You should never remove a part-melted glue stick from a glue gun – it can damage the applicator.
Instead, extrude any remaining molten glue when you’ve finished using the gun. But leave the in-tact glue stick in the applicator. You can use it next time. When the original glue stick is running low, simply insert a new glue stick to guide the remaining molten glue through the nozzle.
Safety and operating precautions
Once you’ve used the glue gun, there should always be a glue stick in it. So it’s important to follow the operating and safety precautions to keep the gun functioning well and prevent causing injury to yourself.
- If the glue gun isn’t going to be used for 40 minutes, unplug it. This will prevent glue from overheating, charring, and blocking the nozzle.
- Clean the nozzle of any molten glue once you’ve finished working. Do this while the gun is hot and make sure you wear protective gloves.
- Never lay the glue gun on its side. This could cause the molten glue to back feed and damage the gun – and potentially cause burns.
- Always check for damage to the gun before use and make sure it’s working correctly.
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