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What glue or solvent to use to repair a resin model windshield?

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  • Member since
    November 2020
What glue or solvent to use to repair a resin model windshield?
Posted by iAmTheStig on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 6:42 PM



I'm not really a builder, but a collector of diecast and resin models. I recently received a sealed resin model that had the windshielf popped out and windshield wiper



You can check out the picture of the damage, the model is a 1987 ruf ctr yellowbird by spark. 

I looked up some tutorials Youtube and it seems the glue or solvent that should be used is based on the material. However I don't know what the material is for this piece and I dont want to damage it worse. 

I think the wiper is easy enough I could probbably use any cement just dab the wiper in it and place it. 

The windshield I'm not so confident.


I was thinking I could use either:

  • Tamiya America, Inc Plastic Cement 
  • Plastruct Bondene Cement for Styrene 
  • Tamiya 87038 Extra Thin Cement Glue Fine Tip
  • Testor Model Master 8876C Clear Parts Cement and Window Maker





I was going to apply it with a microbrush like the one used for makeup.

This guy seems legit:

but his model is styrene and I'm pretty sure this isnt the same material


Please help!



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Posted by HeavyArty on Thursday, November 19, 2020 9:14 AM

Most of the glues you listed will fog or haze a clear plastic windshield.  The best bet is to use some type of PVA glue (Elmer's School Glue is good).  This will not affect the window in any way and hold it firmly enough for a deisplay piece.

This will do too.  It is basically PVA glue.  

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Posted by treehuggerdave on Thursday, November 19, 2020 9:50 AM

Sorry to hear your having problems.

For the last 20 years I have been using a 2 part CRYSTAL CLEAR 5 MINUTE EPOXY by Permatex. It won't "Haze" or attack your windshield as there is no solvents.

It can be purchased at most auto parts stores,"box stores", or on-line. Maybe even craft stores.

It isn't thin like water. It is fairly thick and is easy to apply in very small amounts in very small, specific area's. Most of the time I use a round toothpick.

Mix it fairly quickly.

I would have your items taped in place so the epoxy can be applied and your part won't shift if that's possible.

The less you apply, the less it will spread out if your doing small parts, and don't want it seen.

If you have some sample pieces you could practice on, I would try that first to get an idea of how to use the EPOXY and get the results you want before actually working on the piece your trying to repair.

Good luck.

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