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Product Focus: Which Titebond Wood Glue should you use?

Product Focus: Which Titebond Wood Glue should you use?


Titebond is the world-leading manufacturer of wood glue.


BST Group stocks Titebond’s 3 major products: Titebond Original Wood Glue (Red), Titebond II Premium Wood Glue (Blue) and the heavy-hitter of the family - Titebond III Ultimate Wood Glue (Green).


In a nutshell, the Original is their standard range and will work with a large range of indoor projects. Titebond II is water resistant, so is suitable for those projects which may get damp from time to time. Titebond III is the heavy worker of the group, it can be used for most applications and is water proof so suitable for outside projects.


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Titebond OriginalTitebond Original Wood Glue


Titebond Original
is designed specifically for interior woodworking and repair projects, such as cabinets, trim and moulding, window casings, furniture, picture frames, stairs, and veneering.

It is easy to use, non-toxic and cleans up with water.

Titebond Original provides a strong initial tack and fast setting speed to reduce clamp time.

It also develops a bond stronger than the wood itself, offers brilliant sandability and is unaffected by finishes.

Titebond Original is ideal for wood, hardboards, particleboard, MDF, plywood, leather, cloth and most other porous materials, as well as edge and face gluing of hardwoods and softwoods. In fact, it is the preferred wood glue of musical instrument makers around the world.


Titebond Original FEATURES

  • Fast set – Shortens clamp time
  • Bonds stronger than wood
  • Minimal or no creep
  • Solvent-resistant
  • Excellent sandability
  • Unaffected by finishes
  • Easy clean-up with water
  • FDA approved for indirect food contact
  • Perfect for assembly where short cure and open time is desired

Titebond Original MSDS
Titebond Original Data Sheet

Titebond II Premium
Titebond II Premium Wood Glue


Titebond II Premium
is ideal for interior woodworking, but is also excellent for many outdoor projects. In fact, it passes the ANSI/HPVA Type II water-resistance specification.

Because of its water-resistance capabilities Titebond II is ideal for exterior woodworking projects, such as outdoor furniture, birdhouses, mailboxes, planters and picnic tables.

Titebond II Premium provides a strong initial tack, fast speed of set, superior strength and excellent sandability. It is FDA approved for indirect food contact (cutting boards) and is ideal for radio frequency (R-F) gluing systems.


Titebond II Premium Features

  • First one-part wood glue to pass ANSII Type II water-resistance
  • Designed for exterior use
  • Excellent sandability
  • Unaffected by finishes
  • FDA approved for indirect food contact
  • Ideal for radio frequency (R-F) and hot press gluing systems
  • Easy clean up with water

Titebond II Premium MSDS
Titebond II Premium Data Sheet

Titebond III Ultimate
Titebond III Ultimate Wood Glue


Titebond III Ultimate
is the most versatile Titebond wood glue.

It offers superior strength, a longer open time and a lower application temperature. It passes the more stringent ANSI/HPVA Type I specification, classifying it as “waterproof”.

While Titebond III Ultimate can be used indoors, it is the perfect choice for exterior woodworking, such as birdhouses, mailboxes, outdoor furniture and planters. Titebond III is especially useful for outdoor applications in cooler temperatures or when concern for substantial moisture calls for the use of a Type I glue (USA boil test).

It is also FDA approved for indirect food contact, making it a great choice for projects in the kitchen.


Titebond III Ultimate FEATURES

  • Passes ANSI/HPVA Type I water-resistance and D3 european standard ( passes the USA boil test)
  • Waterproof formula that cleans up with water
  • Superior strength – Strong initial tack (has the highest bond strength of the cross link PVA)
  • Designed for interior and exterior applications
  • Longer open assembly time
  • Lower application temperature
  • Unaffected by finishes
  • FDA approved for indirect food contact

Titebond III Ultimate MSDS
Titebond III Ultimate Data Sheet


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Mike Hepburn

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