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Chemicals? Or what type of Styrene glue is BEST

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  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Chemicals? Or what type of Styrene glue is BEST
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, March 5, 2021 8:05 AM

Hi. Ya'll:

         Commented on the thread and still thinking about some of the answers. MEK- MethylEthylKetone- Used in the Fibreglas industry as a mold cleaner and filler thinner! Also used to clean up the tools. Known to cause Cancer in California's Rats and Bunnies!

          Funny, they never mention incidents of Cancer in folks who have worked with the stuff for years! Lacquer Thinner. Another product that is known to cause cancer in the above named critters in that State. Funny I have used it for over fifty five years and don't even have moles on my hands( Sometimes an indication of a pre-cancerous condidtion ). Have had to practically bathe in it once when the Paint pot regulator failed and the darned thing exploded in the booth with me in there!

        The folks thought I had cut an Artery, ( I was covered with American La France Red lacquer! ) and really panicked! Now The other products mentioned. Yes,They are all dangerous. What idiot would run some from the tube or bottle right down their throat! None that I know of! Now as to the idea of putting glue on both surfaces, Waiting a few seconds and then joining them together. I have seen that on glue tubes since I was seven-That was seventy years ago. So see? Use what you want. Just be careful and follow all instructions for handling it. Definitely have good ventilation in the room you are working in! 

      I have to add something here!

 For those of you who use a lot of Super-Glue( Cyanoacrylate) Remember, it does NOT have any torsional strength. For a straight on, No Strain Joint or filler,it's fine. Putting ships doors and stuff is fine. Do not use it to join rigging components that will come under strain from the other rigging!( Sailing Ships Specifically) Oh! and Remember it does have torsional strength on flesh! It was designed to be a cut and injury Adhesivefor the Battlefield of life.

  

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, March 5, 2021 8:29 AM

Depends.  What do you need- do you need quick set- difficult parts do clamp?  Do you need slow set because it will take some time to get parts properly in register?  Is any piece transparent?  Some glues fog transparent parts.  I keep several glues on my benchtop- regular CA, slow setting (gel) CA, very slow set solvent glue, and white glue.  I keep epoxy in a drawer.  Each has it's uses.  Experience willtell you which when.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, March 6, 2021 8:05 AM

Hi Don!

       Now, Sir that is good sound advice! But, I always say check the instruction panel. Funny that! Revell's type "S" cement instructions said, always spread a thin layer on both parts and let set a few seconds, then unite the parts for a strong bond.

 Of course Testors Said the same. Duco and Ambroid had the disclaimer ( " Not for use on Plastics") Pactra at that time was just releasing liquid to the marketplace. Boy! That stuff stank! But it worked great!

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, March 6, 2021 9:10 AM

Tanker-Builder

Hi Don!

       Now, Sir that is good sound advice! But, I always say check the instruction panel. Funny that! Revell's type "S" cement instructions said, always spread a thin layer on both parts and let set a few seconds, then unite the parts for a strong bond.

 Of course Testors Said the same. Duco and Ambroid had the disclaimer ( " Not for use on Plastics") Pactra at that time was just releasing liquid to the marketplace. Boy! That stuff stank! But it worked great!

 

Remember glue-sniffing?  Ambroid was known as a good sniff by my modeling friends.  Also, some guys would bite off the little glob that develops on the tip of the tube- useful two-for one.  They got the tube ready for the next application and they liked the taste!  I figure I started using Testors Model Airplane glue about 76 years ago!

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, March 11, 2021 9:17 AM

Yes, Don I do!

       Some of my neighbor's kids got hooked so bad they had to detox. One actually died! I never thought that anything so evil smelling should be inhaled, So I used it with the window in my room wide open even in the Winter and Rain( as long as it wasn't blowing in) to keep the smell down.

     I was surprised later, when A friend in the Navy told me about the " Sniffing Clubs" they had in his neighborhood. He lived in Philadelphia! But the lemony smelling stuff? The worst, stringiest and least dependable of the product. I buy models sometime for parts and I can usually tell which glue was used. If they break apart clean with a little " Fuzzy" looking edge the lemony stuff was used. It seemed to generate Miniscule bubbles even after the join.

     Makes me wonder, Did it ever gas out right? I did get some bottle glue one time. Spilled it on the desk and it ran off on the carpet Monster. It ate a hole in it and destroyed even the barrel of a pen lying there as well!

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