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So what's everyone;s favorite adhesives and why?

For superglue, I tend to use either Instacure/Maxicure or GW glue, depending on what's handy. I often refil the GW glue bottle with what I'm currently using just because I like the no-clog cap (though the tip is kind of blunt and prone to gunking up)

For plastics, I'll admit it...I tend to use Testors plastic cement because it's cheap, you can get it anywhere (even the toy aisle of walmart) and I've got a special reusable tip that helps keep the flow and application at reasonable levels.

I like to use plastic cement on plastics because it gives the best hold and is more forgiving in the setting process...but if I'm in a hurry, or i'm building something I'll want to change later I often use superglue because it sets faster and is easy to snap off if I ant to change it.

How about you guys? Anyone got a preferred super-effective brand for metal or plastics?
 

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Loctite gel works for me on the metal side. IT doesn't drip and is fairly cheap.

At the moment I'm using GW glue for my plastic models (got it free) but the crappy applicator means that I won't be paying for another bottle. Revell polystyrene glue seems to do the trick.
 

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I can't remember what is called but its used to stuck steel together.
 

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i tried us=ing a hair dryer as an accelerant once on gw glues

i sorta passed out lol!
 

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That's funny!

I like to use the standard CA Superglue... Comes in blisters of two 3g bottles, yellow with red caps, for about a dollar a blister. I love this stuff. I use it on both metals and plastics. Plastic cement and I have never had friendly relations.
 

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i hate plastic glue it stinks to high heaven and makes me ill but if i have to use any i use it is revell model plane glue it has a fine metal pipe applicator and means the fiddly things are easier to do with out loads of hassle.

The super glue i like to use is slow zap, it super power full to dry the only problem is the price, as £3.90 a bottle it expensive but worth it, and its worth it.
 

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So what's everyone;s favorite adhesives and why?

For superglue, I tend to use either Instacure/Maxicure or GW glue, depending on what's handy. I often refil the GW glue bottle with what I'm currently using just because I like the no-clog cap (though the tip is kind of blunt and prone to gunking up)

For plastics, I'll admit it...I tend to use Testors plastic cement because it's cheap, you can get it anywhere (even the toy aisle of walmart) and I've got a special reusable tip that helps keep the flow and application at reasonable levels.

I like to use plastic cement on plastics because it gives the best hold and is more forgiving in the setting process...but if I'm in a hurry, or i'm building something I'll want to change later I often use superglue because it sets faster and is easy to snap off if I ant to change it.

How about you guys? Anyone got a preferred super-effective brand for metal or plastics?
GW Super glue and plastic glue :biggrin:

Mainly as where i live i cant find any decent glues for cheaper than gw... So, i always tend to lean towards Gw's stuff...

Plastic glue smells awesome and makes you high :biggrin:

Super glue hurts my eyes.. But burn fabric!! :biggrin:
 

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i use gw superglue for everything. if i'm impatient, i smear a little water over the glue...it works well as an accelerant. i used plastic glue for a while, but eventually decided to keep it with one glue for everything.....much simpler :biggrin:
 

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i hate plastic glue it stinks to high heaven and makes me ill
This is why I use Testors model cement

Testors plastic cement is non-toxic, doesn't make my eyes water or my head ache and it smells like oranges!

It may be kiddy stuff, but it;s cheap, effective and idn;t a pain to use.
 

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For plastics I use a glue they sell at my local model train place called Extreme Power. It's cheap as hell and comes in a big bottle, and (IMO) does a better job then GW. Sticks faster, comes off easier (When I want it too of course.)

For metals, I use the same thing. Easy street.

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I use whatever glue I can find that has the finest nozzle... the kind that fits up your nostril so you can get the best buzz. haha...

Not really. I use GW superglue or Zap-A-Gap, depending on what the store's stocking at the time, for pretty much everything. I actually prefer superglue on plastics, partially because it doesn't take so god damn long to set, and partially because if I discover I've over-assembled the model prior to painting, I can break a bit off relatively easily.
 

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This is why I use Testors model cement

Testors plastic cement is non-toxic, doesn't make my eyes water or my head ache and it smells like oranges!

It may be kiddy stuff, but it;s cheap, effective and idn;t a pain to use.
I find that the blue non-toxic stuff takes forever to dry and isn't as strong as what comes in the orange tube. And I find that super glue (without accelerant) takes forever to dry, much longer than plastic cement.
 

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Hrmmm, I've been using Zap-A-Gap forever and a day since my gaming shop stocks it constantly, and I've never had any issues (not bottle design related). I've never found a need for accelerant, it takes anywhere from 10-30 seconds to set, but I'm not quite THAT impatient yet.
 

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the blue non toxic stuff from Testors does take a bit to fully cure, but it usually sticks solid enough to let go of it within seconds. The key is not to apply too much. Meanwhile the fact it doesn't stick solid right away gives you a chance to reposition if you need to.

It's not perfect, but it;s cheap and effective enough for me.
 

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After years of modelling airfix kits and the like before getting into GW, I was laughing my ass off when GW tried to sell me their glue. There is nothing wrong with it, well, except the revell poly cement applicator is so much better I wonder why GW haven't just copied the design (this is probably the pinnacle of poly cement, if such a thing exists), and the GW superglue just doesn't stick. I've found that even when having washed the models to remove the mould release chemicals, it still sticks about as well as teflon to teflon attatched with isopropyl alcohol.

I can't remember which superglue i do use, because the lable is worn off, but it does have a purple cap, and you know, does what it says it will. I use elmer's glue for wood.

THe GW hobby equipment is ok for a starting point, but it is very very easy to find better alternatives on the market.

As a side note, those people who are getting headaches from polycement, how much are you using? You don't need a lot at all, especially if you scratch up the surfaces you want to glue with a modelling knife first. (You should not do this with superglue really, as it requires a tight seal) I can see how you could be using far too much poly if you were using the GW bottle though.
 

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I use super glue, but i also use cheap (1$ for 3 tubes) Strong-glue added with catalizer. Yes me too i'm, impacient :D
 
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