How to Unclog the Fine-Tip Glue Pen

Posted by on December 20, 2016 in Product Tips and Tricks, Tool Time

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In a previous article, I cautioned you about the Fine-Tip Glue Pen and how to prevent it from clogging.  Well, what happens if you forget and the Fine-Tip Glue Pen gets clogged?  A reader recently asked me that question.

The reader’s Fine-Tip Glue Pen became clogged with a hard, dry blob of glue in the nozzle.  She’d tried running hot water over the tip, but nothing happened.  I suggested soaking the nozzle in regular Acetone, not nail polish remover with acetone, which is an adhesive remover (Spirit Gum and fake hair, anyone?).  I haven’t had the problem, so I haven’t had occasion to try this method.

The reader got the idea to melt the glue to remove the clog and used a hair dryer on the nozzle section.  She was able to spear the clog with a sewing needle and get rid of it.  I suggested that she soak the nozzle in nail polish remover with acetone to get any excess glue out… just in case.  Anyway, she wanted me to share this solution with you so you know how to solve the problem!  Thanks, reader!!

The Stampin’ Up!® Heat Tool will also work well for this technique, especially as it has two settings for heat.  You might have your Heat Tool closer to your Fine-Tip Glue Pen than your hair dryer.

So remember to align the pin in the white cap with the nozzle of the Fine-Tip Glue Pen and make sure it’s inserted.  This should keep you from having to unclog your Fine-Tip Glue Pen.

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If you need an answer to any question about the Fine-Tip Glue Pen or any other product or tool, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at  I’ll send you the answer and do a post about it.  If you need your answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at  Just make your subject line the product or tool, such as Fine-Tip Glue Pen.


  1. can you buy replacement tips for the glue pens?

    • I haven’t seen any and they’re not in our catalog, but you might check your local craft store or online. My guess is there wouldn’t be replacement tips available because the cost of the Glue Pen is so low.

      • I have just had this problem and asked my SU consultant – no replacement caps are not available. My consultant referred me to your website – so many many thanks for the tip. I shall now go try.

      • I found replacement caps at a local stamp store, The Paper Forest, it is in Washington, Illinois.
        the replacement caps are sold by Scrap Perfect. The medium size cap fits the Stampin up glue pin. You may want to check out the website:
        I was so happy to find this replacement caps, they come in a smaller size and a larger size. The price was $5.99.
        Hope this is helpful!

  2. Replacement caps can be found at they come in 3 sizes ,large, medium, and small. the medium size fits the Stampin up glue pen.
    I found them at a local stamp store, The Paper Forest, Washington, Illinois
    Hope this is helpful!

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