Non-TF: How to fix loose ball joints? (Microman edition)

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  1. minsok

    minsok Well-Known Member

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    I'd put this in the "how to" section, but I'm not allowed. I have a few microman figures that have become floppy at the ball joints. I tried using super glue and that works for a little bit, but it always seems to loosen up again. I want to know if anyone has used some epoxy or something that forms into a layer of rubber. I'd like to coat the inside of the socket with something like that using a q-tip maybe. I guess this applies to transformers, too. So, how to make ball joints tighter, permanently?
     

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    yongkykun Well-Known Member

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    Instead of superglue, have you tried using a very thin layer of hot glue instead?
     
  3. minsok

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    Huh, that's an interesting suggestion. I might experiment with that; I'm going to try some rubber cement first. Thanks for coming up with something other than nailpolish/superglue.
     
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    Have you tried using "FUTURE"?
     
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    future works awesome i use it all the time. but ive used heat shrink tubing "use it on wires to make the mess clean and to cover weak or exposed wires" i cut a small section putt it around the ball joint hit it with a small amount of heat and it shrinks to fit, still leaves the top of the joint expose but for the most part it makes a nice tight fit, i only suggest this on super loose ball joints and it also depends on the thickness of the tubing its self. and its always vary easy to reverse or undo.. so yeah im shutting up.
     
  6. general saberwi

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    but if you use heat shrink tubing, you have to be very , very careful, otherwise the heat source might melt the joint.
     
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    try plastic wrap... it works for me
     
  8. minsok

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    Future brush on glue? That sounds good, I haven't seen it anywhere, though. They sell that in the US? Just from the description on the bottle, rubber cement sounds lame; I might as well use regular gorilla glue. Are heat shrinking tubes flexible or are they fairly rigid?
     
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    No, Future floor polish, but you do brush it on. I hear it's quite effing good for repainting purposes.
     
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    I've had very successful results using clear nail polish on loose ball joints.
     
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    UTF Manifestation of /toy/

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    I use paper towels.
     

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