Loose ball joints

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  1. Hellscream15

    Hellscream15 Hi... Bl

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    Anybody know how to fix loose ball joints or if they CAN even be fixed?
    My dotm starscream is having these problems. :( 
     
  2. VaderPrime1

    VaderPrime1 Prepare for termination!

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    Oooh. I need help too! Thanks for making this.

    My Universe Hound's legs are flopin' in the wind.
     
  3. TheDemonDzko

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    For a temp solution, clear instant nail polish.

    However, I hear future finish seems to do the trick... but I also call bullshit even though I haven't tried it myself. ;D
     
  4. firehawc_69

    firehawc_69 cloppers = ignore list

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    Add crazy glue or clear nail polish to the ball. But don't put it in the socket til it's dry. This builds it up to a bigger size.
     
  5. Hellscream15

    Hellscream15 Hi... Bl

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    I know, to me its literaly one of the WORST things that can happen to my figures. But their has to be a way to fix it, I cant afford to buy more figures for now.
     
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    Coat the ball (in worst cases the socket too) in a thin layer of Super/Crazy glue and allow time to cure (couple hours to be safe), test fit. Lather, rinse and repeat if needed.

    Some people will say clear nail polish but, that stuff will crack and peel off after time.
     
  7. cheapdate

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    I just bought Pledge with Future Shine and that stuff works wonders. It's better than super glue or nail polish.
     
  8. The Crow

    The Crow ARK BUILDER!!

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    I have used both and both do the trick.
     
  9. TheDemonDzko

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    Pft, to those who are saying super glue.

    NO
     
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    To the OP: From all the different responses you have gotten, my best advice to you is to choose the product which you think will be the best for you and your situation. Everyone has what they feel is the best method.

    Just follow the guidelines for application (and some good old common sense) and you will be golden.
     
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    havanowoncheese Proud No Ma'amer!

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    I have only used clear nail polish and it works great. I would advise to try this simple since it works and its cheap. Clear nail polish is only 2-3 dollars. Not sure how much the future finish is but i keep hearing of its wonders.
     
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    Do NOT use GLUE !

    especially super glue it discolours and burns plastic.

    Use clear Nail Polish or acrylic floor sealant (Future Floor Polish) and varnish the cups not the balls this way as you move the toy the cups do not scuff up and look scruffy.

    The floor polish is supposedly ideal for loose hinges more so than the varnish. (like the ones on the back of a City Commander style armour set). You can also varnish cuff joints too. do the inner part or the top of the flatt cuff not the outside for a better look.

    You may have to do it once or up to 3 times depending on how loose something it is.

    Chrome silver Nail polish is quite hardwearing and can be used to paint gas tanks on truck and smokestacks or silver parts that rub against other parts and is often more hardwearing than paint - but as it's very fast drying you need to do a couple of thin coats rather than just throw it on in a big mess and do not use it on heavy detail as it can clog. so do not use it for wheel hubs for example.
     
  13. mynamehere

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    Or just wrap a very small piece of Scotch tape around the joint to thicken as needed. That's what I do and it works no mess no fuss with chemicals. I just fixed the loose hips on my RTS voyager Grappel the other day.
     
  14. Takeshi357

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    Well one thing is certain, none of the suggested methods will work on Titanium Ultra Magnus' shoulders. The sockets aren't "standard" so to speak.
     
  15. naughtygoatz

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    i think nail polish is the best and save way to fix the joint.
     
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    Can you take some pics of the problem area?
     
  17. RedAlert Rescue

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    Floor polish or resin is the best thing to fix a dodgy hinge.


    Do not use Super glue.

    The rest is fine but no super glue !!!.
     
  18. x BlackMagnus x

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    Ok. We get it. You don't like glue. Others don't seem to have such a problem with it and have also suggested it (this thread has popped up dozens of times) so, maybe it was just a user issue that resulted in damage to the broken area.

    Crazy/Super glue has been the only thing I use (after one attempt with nail polish but, I won't harp on that) on all of my figures with loose hips, elbows, knees, whatever, right out of the package. My older figures too. Works like a charm. IMO, Crazy glue belongs in every collectors tool box (pretty sure there is a thread on that too in the Radicons, check it out:) ). :2c: 
     
  19. Superquad7

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    I know of a few places to look:

    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/creative-general-discussion/309394-tightening-loose-joints.html
    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/creative-general-discussion/267972-tightening-pin-joints.html
    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/creative-general-discussion/395018-tightening-up-joints.html
    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/creative-general-discussion/349881-how-tighten-up-joints-tfs.html
    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/creat...n/310029-need-help-tightening-odd-joints.html
    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/creat...tening-seemingly-untightable-ball-joints.html
    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/creative-general-discussion/292281-how-do-i-fix-loose-ball-joints.html
    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/creative-general-discussion/286167-tightening-hinge-joints.html
    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/creat...emoving-ratchet-joints-rotf-leader-prime.html
    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/creat.../280019-super-glue-joint-tightening-help.html
    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/creative-general-discussion/240572-tightening-pins.html
    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/creat...n/218575-question-regarding-loose-joints.html
    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/creative-general-discussion/208448-tighten-loose-joint.html
    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/creative-general-discussion/213773-superglue-loose-tf-joints.html
    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/creat...n/213688-question-about-joint-tightening.html
    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/creat...-joint-tightening-101-instruction-needed.html
    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/creative-general-discussion/213428-i-hate-loose-joints.html
    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/creat...ening-ball-joints-q-rid-midnight-express.html
    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/creative-general-discussion/212675-repairing-loose-g1-legs.html
    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/creat...onstucticons-need-help-tightening-joints.html

    :) 

    (Just so people know, this topic has been on my list to consolidate for quite a while.)
     
  20. x BlackMagnus x

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    Annnnndddd there you have it, take your pick OP! :lol 
     

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