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Non-SHRINKING Filler Needed

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Non-SHRINKING Filler Needed
Posted by rdmeyersr on Thursday, April 19, 2018 11:44 AM

After spending months on smoothing and filling the gap in the USS Enterprise cutaway kit, i noticed there is a sunken area in one of the gaps i filled. What filler do people recommend that wont shrink over time?

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Posted by KnightTemplar5150 on Thursday, April 19, 2018 12:07 PM

Depending on the size of the gap, either epoxy putty or CA - neither shrinks over time. 

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  • From: Mansfield, TX
Posted by EdGrune on Thursday, April 19, 2018 12:08 PM

rdmeyersr

After spending months on smoothing and filling the gap in the USS Enterprise cutaway kit, i noticed there is a sunken area in one of the gaps i filled. What filler do people recommend that wont shrink over time?

 

 
Go to the auto parts store and get some Bondo Professional Glazing and Spot Putty.  I've gotten mine from O'Reilly's,  but it should also be available at Pep Boys, Menard, or Walmart.  Be sure to pick up the package with the tube of hardener.  
 
 
This is a fine-grain epoxy putty, non-shrinking.   Mix a quarter-sized spot of putty with a pea-sized spot of hardener.   It will harden within a few minutes allowing you to sand, prime, and paint without waiting overnight for a solven-based putty to dry
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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, April 19, 2018 12:20 PM

Bondo glazing putty in the tube.

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    May, 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Thursday, April 19, 2018 12:42 PM

Stretch sprue from the kit and lay into the seam using liquid cement.  The sprue is the same color and hardness as the rest of the kit, so it will sand easily and will take rescribing.  Be sure to use enough glue to melt the sprue.  I use this method now before reaching for the filler and C/A glue.

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Posted by rdmeyersr on Sunday, April 22, 2018 11:53 AM

Can i apply this directly over the primed area or do i need to sand it back down to the raw plastic ?

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