Customs: i hate loose joints

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  1. Psychrome86

    Psychrome86 Well-Known Member

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    have we found any decent way to tighten up loose joints? i bought a tm2 dinobot the other day and discovered it has a loose leg joint in robot mode. kind of sucks but $5 only goes so far. i was thinking of putting spirit gum on it to make it stick a bit easier but i've heard certain chemicals can actually eat away or discolor the plastic. any ideas? thanks all.
     
  2. REDLINE

    REDLINE longer days, plz? Veteran

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    clear nail polish, future floor finish, superglue all work wonders.
     
  3. Grimwing

    Grimwing Scientist Supreme

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    I have a similarly related question actually. How do you loosen up tight joints that just won't move? The spring claw on my rid build team grimlock won't budge.
     
  4. Prowl_Delta_31

    Prowl_Delta_31 Eating your donuts

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    I use nail clear nail polish on loose joints and just play with the tight joints till which seems to get them loose. Some TF's just stay tight no matter what you do.
     
  5. defstar

    defstar Autobot...

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    I use the Delta Ceramcoat acrylic gloss varnish...both to seal paint jobs on customs and to tighten loose joints...you can buy the stuff at walmart in the craft section...very cheap...

    When applying to a ball joint...pull the joint out and put some varnish on the inside of the ball cup then let it dry completely...pop the ball back in place and you're ready to go...

    PS: and the stuff has no odor and won't hurt the plastic...
     
  6. Psychrome86

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    thanks redline and prowl_delta_31, the nail polish works great.

    defstar, i'll try that if walmart decides to put a store near me.
     
  7. Psychrome86

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    How I wish THAT problem was more common.

    I have done the nail polish trick on quite a few and they seem to get loose again. Is it common to have to do it repeatedly?
     
  9. Psychrome86

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    after a minute of rotating the joint it did seem to get loose again. i put more on and just put it in a pose and left it like that. the polish is pretty easy to rub off. maybe it was too cheap. i'll try the other stuff when i get a chance.
     
  10. REDLINE

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    why I like future floor finish. its acryllic, and after you give it a day or two to set, its tough as nails as its intended for being able to walk on, or drag furniture across, etc.
     
  11. Paul Prime

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    Superglue works fine for me. They joint never got loose again.
     
  12. Fretburn

    Fretburn We need Instrument TFs

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    Clear nail polish is not very good. It is not designed to take physical abuse. Redlin'es right with the Future Floor Polish. Same deal with the crazy glue. That chemical, once dry, is very very hard.

    Use caution when using the glue. It is a solvent and WILL melt plastic. apply it to one part, let it dry one hundred percent. If no0t, it will fuse the two plastic parts together and the joint will not move again.
     

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