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Model glue on windshield

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  • Member since
    November 2005
Model glue on windshield
Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, June 15, 2003 11:18 PM
I spilled a gob of Testors model glue on the windshield of a model car ( I've done this before but just left it) and I was wondering if there is any way to get it off ( ex. submerging it in a tub of alcohol or nail polish remover) Thanks in advance! Evil [}:)]Evil [}:)]Evil [}:)]
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    February 2016
Posted by eaglecentral on Monday, June 16, 2003 2:07 PM
Ahoy Semyas,

Submerging in alcohol or nail polish remover would cause more problems than it would solve. Standard nail polish remover is usually acetone based, which melts styrene plastic. Neither would affect the glue.

Your best solution is to sand the damaged part and then polish it. I would wet sand starting with about 400 grit and progressively work my way to finer and finer grits. If you have a micro-mesh kit, this is a good time to use it. Once you've sanded the windshield down as fine as you can get, (and without a micro-mesh kit, thats about 2000 grit), use some plastic polish to get rid of the haze that remains.

Both Micro-mesh and Novus are available from Micro-Mark Tools. Thats on the internet.

  • Member since
    May 2003
  • From: Shrewsbury, UK
Posted by Martsmodels on Monday, June 16, 2003 3:48 PM
I would agree entirely with the above - be very careful though! I have done this and messed up at the last stage. Too much pressure will generate heat and pressure and before you know it the whole screen can craze for no apparent reason . Strange but it has happened to me!

Cheers and good luck with it.
  • Member since
    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Monday, June 16, 2003 4:26 PM
Thanks a lot eaglecentral and CRASHER! :) I also heard of sticking it in the freezer and scraping the remains off. How long would you keep it in there? Thanks again!
  • Member since
    December 2002
Posted by Archer1 on Monday, June 30, 2003 12:40 PM
Semyas -

It really depends on how deep the glue has eaten through. Definately do the sanding procedure, I start with 600 wet/dry, wet of course ;) , and work up to finer grades as required. As the windshield will now be cloudy, dip it in future floor wax, and leave it alone for a few days. Note, in theory, even if the glue has eaten (wrinkled) through, you might be able to recreate surfaces, by careful sanding. I've never tried fixinhg anything that bad, but what do you have to loose?

Also, if this is a Revell/Monogram kit, still in production, surprised that no one suggested just going to their website and asking for a replacement part. They're pretty good about that. At least they used to be.

Archer out.

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