What's the best way to get the shoe the correct distance off of the glue roller? I'm never sure if I've got it set right when I've adjusted it. At the moment I think it's causing the glue to squeeze onto the panels.
From contributor M:
I believe it is supposed to be about .004 (about a sheet of paper) off of the roller. It comes close to touching, but does not touch the roller.
If you have not messed with the shoe, try adjusting the dosing gate on the glue pot. Start with it completely shut. Then tap it ever so slightly, like with a small combination wrench. Run a panel and see how much coverage you get. If you do not have full coverage, tap it open a bit more. You will be surprised at how little glue it really takes to hold banding on.
If you have other technical questions, give Stiles a call. They have great phone support.
What seems to sort of work is to run test strips with the glue roller pretty dry, adjust the shoe out until you're not getting glue transfer, then adjust the glue dosing until you get good coverage.
I can't say that mine is dead-on dialed in - I play with it occasionally until the burns and frustration get to me...
With very little glue, the transfer is even and consistent - panels much cleaner than previous attempts - but good overall coverage. Thanks a lot for the help on this!