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Hi guys and gals... I am getting really frustrated with my inability to superglue anything properly. Models I glue fall apart with the slightest touch whereas models my friend glued can quite happily stay together even when dropped onto the floor... What am I doing wrong? And no, he doesnt pin infantry metal models
Clean up both joins
Add glue (sometimes it puddles a little - maybe using too much but can this make a difference?)
Press joins together for 10-15 seconds
And that's it... Anyone have any tips to improve this as it's doing my head in reparing stuff all the time!
Thanks in advance
Sounds like you are using to much glue...a small dab is all you really need
the smaller the amount of glue the better, and hold it together for longer, building the 2nd ed. Hive Tyrant took me an eternity to do, but now i can just about super glue anything!
Back in the zone!
Try using less superglue (it will make the seems stronger), use a better glue like "Zap-A-Gap" (works better than standard superglue), use "zipkicker" which is an accelerant to speed up the superglue drying time.. and pin larger heavier parts. small parts hold fine, but larger ones will have the weight of the metal stressing the glue joint.
All my metal pieces are practically indestructable. It takes pliars and some serious force to remove an arm or a leg if I feel like making changes...
Super glue reacts to moisture not air. Super glue was originally developed to patch up wounded soldiers, thats why it glues your skin better than anything else. When you blow or see people blowing on super glued objects it is not air that dries the glue it is the moisture in thier breath. What you can do is apply a small amount of moisture to the areas where you want to glue. You can just get a little water on a finger and get the area damp, don't use puddles of water, the area to be glued should only be moist not wet. Apply the super glue to the targeted area and you will see it dries more quickly. Beware though you may find it drying and bonding much faster than expected.
Last edited by Leech; June 19th, 2008 at 23:25.
The best bond with superglue results when the surfaces to be glued fit closely together. Superglue doesn't have good gapfilling properties. There are some cyanoacrylate formulations that are the exception to this though.
The main problem with too much glue is that it takes longer to set and during this longer period any slight movement of the pieces can break the bond. After this break even if the rest of the glue sets the bond will be weak.
Superglue doesn't stick well to superglue. If you're repairing models clean off any old superglue before reattaching bits.
If all else fails, resort to pinning and/or epoxy glue.
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Thanks for all the help guys... Some very useful stuff..
+ Rep to you all!