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sticky stuff?
Posted by Davey43H on Tuesday, May 16, 2023 9:23 PM

hi all, i see on youtube videos where modelers have a small part while painting usually, that is stuck to a stick or something, i think its blue, but im colorblind, so i have no idea,lol. so what is this sticky stuff that holds parts?

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Posted by EdGrune on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 11:16 AM

Blu-Tack poster tack putty.   Kneadable soft and removable putty, often used to adhere posters and the like to bedroom walls.  Also seen in orange and white.  
Take a small dab of the putty and knead it until soft and sticky and place on a toothpick, cocktail stick, chopstick or what have you. Put the part to be painted/manipulated on the putty and it will hold tight enough to be worked yet easily removed. 
Also roll into snakes and used as masking to get a soft edge 

 

 

 

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 12:22 PM

Davey43H

hi all, i see on youtube videos where modelers have a small part while painting usually, that is stuck to a stick or something, i think its blue, but im colorblind, so i have no idea,lol. so what is this sticky stuff that holds parts?

 

Ed is right about what you're seeing in those videos, and it definitely is very useful for a lot of things, including sticking parts to things for painting.  That being said, I use a hot glue gun for that same purpose, and find that it holds parts much more securely and won't leave a residue like BluTack can from time to time.

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Posted by Davey43H on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 4:11 PM

ok,thank you both.no idea where id find blue tac, but ill look, but ive got a hot glue gun already..lol.. thank you both much

 

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Posted by EdGrune on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 7:12 PM

Walmart, Staples, Target, Office Depot.  Check the poster department

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Thursday, May 18, 2023 7:57 AM

Davey43H

ok,thank you both.no idea where id find blue tac, but ill look, but ive got a hot glue gun already..lol.. thank you both much

No problem.  Just another tip for you:  Once I get my parts attached to whatever I'm using to hold the part (usually a toothpick, blunted on one end), I poke the sharp end of the toothpick into the side of a roll of cheap masking tape.  The side of the roll of tape acts as a good, reusable "dart board" to hold the toothpicks while the part you just painted dries/cures.

"You can have my illegal fireworks when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers...which are...over there somewhere."

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Posted by missileman2000 on Friday, May 19, 2023 8:18 AM

Davey43H

ok,thank you both.no idea where id find blue tac, but ill look, but ive got a hot glue gun already..lol.. thank you both much

 

 

I originally foung it in an office supply store, but recently found it in my local dollar tree store.

 

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, May 20, 2023 11:32 AM

Hi!

         Not to shoot Anyone down. I DO NOT paint small parts OFF the sprues.I don't care what it is.You can always touch up the cut point later. This is a method that has saved me many headaches over the years! Oh Yes! There have been times I have had to go against that rule!

       Then I go to H.L and get those little sticky yellow sticks they use in Modeling and Jewelry work.They have a bead of something(I don't know what it is) on one end that looks like a drop of honey, but I've got some ten or more years old and they still work good.

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Posted by the Baron on Monday, May 22, 2023 11:52 AM

Davey43H

ok,thank you both.no idea where id find blue tac, but ill look, but ive got a hot glue gun already..lol.. thank you both much 

There are other poster putties, too.  3M's is white, comes in a package of 4 or 5 bars, looks like a white chocolate Kit-Kat ("Gimme a break! Gimme a break! Break me off a piece of that poster tack!").

Besides the places Ed mentioned, you can find it in the stationery section of the drugstore chains Walgreen's, CVS, and Rite Aid, and most supermarkets, too.

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Posted by ctruss53 on Monday, August 21, 2023 9:03 AM

I also paint really small parts on the sprue. Then remove the part and touch up as needed.

Now if you need to pick up small parts and place them, I have a great tool for you.

Jewel picking pencils.

It is literally like a #2 pencil. But instead of lead in the middle you have a slightly tacky rubby substance.

You sharpen the thing like you would a normal pencil and then use it to pick up small parts.

The sticky stuff is just sticky enough to hold onto a part, barely. Place the part and the pencil releases very easily.

Insert wise quote here.

-Chad

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