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PostSubject: PE and CA glue   Sat 12 Dec 2015, 1:24 am

I am new to using PE and CA glue. Tried a small project to experiment and it was a nightmare. PE won't bond to plastic and the only things that got stuck were my fingers. Is there an alternative to CA glue? Can anyone please give me some tips on how to use this stuff. Thanks!
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PostSubject: Re: PE and CA glue   Sat 12 Dec 2015, 1:33 am

Interesting. I have used CA glue to attach PE to plastic, and it worked great.

Was the plastic washed and not waxed? That is about the only thing I can think of, making sure there is no piastic mold release or wax on painted surfaces.
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PostSubject: Re: PE and CA glue   Sat 12 Dec 2015, 3:09 am

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Interesting. I have used CA glue to attach PE to plastic, and it worked great.

Was the plastic washed and not waxed? That is about the only thing I can think of, making sure there is no piastic mold release or wax on painted surfaces.

Ditto from me. I've had clouding issues with clear parts, but never with CA & PE.
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PostSubject: Re: PE and CA glue   Sat 12 Dec 2015, 10:46 am

My main two tips with the CA type adhesives is you need far less than you think, and it f you breath on the man part just before you attatch it'll help..
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PostSubject: Re: PE and CA glue   Sat 12 Dec 2015, 11:09 am

I always use CA in the Gel form. I have a pringles lid covered in tin foil and I just put a little blob on the foil and it stays active for a good fifteen to twenty minutes and I apply it with a toothpick. As for fogging glass, I make sure I use a special GS hypo glue for it but if I absolutely have no choice but to use CA on glass, I simply use model wax to bring the glass up to shine again.
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PostSubject: Re: PE and CA glue   Sun 13 Dec 2015, 4:27 am

CA works Ok for me, but I always used one sold for modelling. And as previously noted, I squeeze a drop onto scrap and pick a tiny bit up on a toothpick or pin to apply it to the piece.

As for an alternative, I've also used Testor's clear parts cement which won't harm clear parts and can be rubbed off when dry if you goof. It's a type of white glue sold for modelling.
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PostSubject: Re: PE and CA glue   Sun 13 Dec 2015, 7:50 am

Mr Hirakawa wrote:
I have a pringles lid covered in tin foil and I just put a little blob on the foil and I apply it with a toothpick.
I use a special GS hypo glue for it

I have been using a plastic bag but the pringles lid with foil is a great idea!

As for the clear parts I use the same as you because you gave my the link for it so I bought some.. Can you use that on p/e stuff I wonder?
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PostSubject: Re: PE and CA glue   Sun 13 Dec 2015, 9:56 am

You sure can A5h! I used it for bonnet catches on my 71 charger. It can get a little stringy after being used for a while though.
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PostSubject: Re: PE and CA glue   Sun 13 Dec 2015, 12:55 pm

You can use ca, but you risk fogging the paint around the part. I usually use either Future or some sort of brushable clear, like Testors bottled lacquer. Yes, it takes longer to dry, but far less chance of problems.
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PostSubject: Re: PE and CA glue   Sun 13 Dec 2015, 5:29 pm

You are right about ca sometimes fogging the paint. I have seen this issue over Omni 2 part urethane clear. I have used the Crystal Clear successfully, but like others have said, it does take time to dry.
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PostSubject: Re: PE and CA glue   Sun 13 Dec 2015, 9:47 pm

I thought five minute clear epoxy would work fine for this Chris, but then again I'm often wrong!
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PostSubject: Re: PE and CA glue   Sun 13 Dec 2015, 10:44 pm

Likewise, I have used five minute clear epoxy and it worked fine. The main thing to remember though with epoxy is only use a very small amount and be sure the part is where you really want it because it is not going to move when it is dry.

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PostSubject: Re: PE and CA glue   Sun 22 May 2016, 10:00 am

This is great advice. Thanks for sharing.
I have taken recent delivery of my first PE, Eduard 1/48 Spitfire Mk IX, and it all looks so bloody fiddly. And I was gonna use some super glue I found in the cupboard.
Disaster averted..
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