How to Remove Hide Glue


Hide glue was once the most widely used woodworking adhesive. Its dependable strength and durability made it a choice for making fine furniture for centuries. While it has been largely displaced in the furniture industry by PVA glues, it is still used by guitar and violin makers. One of its chief advantages over modern glues for instrument-making is the ability to easily unglue the joints of an instrument for repair. This reversibility also makes removing hide glue from an existing joint an easy task.

Things You'll Need

  • Hot water
  • Stiff-bristle brush
  • Clean rags
  • Vinegar
  • Pour a small amount of hot (about 160 degrees Fahrenheit) water over the glued surface. Allow it to soak for a few minutes. Soaking time will depend on the thickness of the glue. Usually two to four minutes will suffice.

  • Loosen the glue by scrubbing with a stiff-bristle brush.

  • Remove the loose glue with a clean, damp rag.

  • Repeat steps 1 through 3 until the surface is free of glue.

  • Remove the final traces of hide glue by wiping the surface with a clean rag soaked in vinegar.

Related Searches


  • Photo Credit violin image by Mateusz Papiernik from
Promoted By Zergnet


You May Also Like

  • How to Remove Hot Glue

    When a hobby involves using hot glue on a regular basis, a meeting between the glue and an article of clothing is...

  • How to Make Hide Glue

    Hide glue is a safe, natural and nontoxic glue. It can be used as a wood glue, making musical instruments, crackling paint...

  • How to Remove Glue From Animals

    When glue or adhesive comes in contact with an animal's fur, it can dry and create mats. Mats are extremely uncomfortable for...

  • How to Remove Titebond Glue

    Titebond makes a wide variety of glues that are used for woodworking and wood crafting. According to the American Society for Testing...

  • What Is in Elmer's Wood Glue?

    Elmer's Wood Glue (sometimes more formally called Elmer's Carpenter's Wood Glue) is designed mainly as an adhesive to bond wood to other...

Related Searches

Check It Out

DIY Wood Transfer Christmas Ornaments

Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!