Lose Joints

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  1. MechanovaKing

    MechanovaKing Well-Known Member

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    a.)
    So i used to use superglue on some figures. That worked; but not for long i find (maybe that just the band i used.) Also I'm always scared of messing up and turning my figure into an action master.

    But i hear you can use floor polish or something to tighten joint up?
    What's best to use?
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    What Brand is best to use?

    C.)
    And I'm talking about ball joint here, but can i use something on other joints?
     
  2. Blitzwing2008

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    i just use krazy glue on the loose ball joints on my figs but used a couple of layers before it really got to the point of actually holding a pose i wanted
     
  3. mx-01 archon

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    The recommended floor polish is anything that contains "Future". The brand in my neck of the woods is Pledge "with Future Shine!", but it varies from region to region.

    Other options include clear nail polish, and cyanoacrylate glue (Super/Krazy glue).
     
  4. BarBoBot

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    its "loose"

    "lose" is a completely different word, such as in "win or lose"
     
  5. x BlackMagnus x

    x BlackMagnus x Is not impressed

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    ...I hate when I lose a joint.
     
  6. MisterFanwank

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    Edited. -2005 Staff


    Anyway. With super glue, you really need to let it set for a day or so, or the glue won't be cured. If you don't do this, it'll end up flaking off from the friction. Also, after you put the super glue on, rotate and blow on the balljoint until you get even coverage. Then, while waiting for the glue to set, alternate between the stick the ball's on pointing up and pointing down, don't ever hold it so the stick is horizontal, or you'll get an uneven coating.

    If you end up with too much glue on the balljoint, with the stick the ball's on pointing down, touch the bottom of the balljoint with your finger, which will pull off only the excess glue.

    Also keep in mind, this just doesn't work with some figures due to their specific plastic blends. Some plastic takes super glue REALLY well (The rigid, black plastic on DotM D. Ratchet. I fuckin' LOVE that plastic, it's so forgiving), while other plastic just doesn't take to it at all (The black plastic on TFtM Concept 'Bee). Typically, plastic will take some work to get it to be juuuuust right, but it's more than doable.
     
  7. havanowoncheese

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    I do not use superglue for Ball joints clear nail polish all the way. I have used it for hing joints and stuff just squirt it in and keep moving the joint as the glue dries works wonders.
     
  8. stepsongrapes

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    For any other word, pointing out the typo would be grammer Nazi behavior. However, loose/lose is so misspelled on the internet that there's a whole generation who doesn't know the difference.

    We each owe a duty to end this terrible plague.
     
  9. x BlackMagnus x

    x BlackMagnus x Is not impressed

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  10. Optimus Axl

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    LMAO I hate that also.
     
  11. Stryker055

    Stryker055 Josh Boyfriend

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    You, sir, are a god.

    I have yet to lose a joint, but I always tighten up my loose ball/friction joints with superglue. Anything else I just deal with.
     
  12. The_Black_Sheep

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    Yeah I'd also recommend reaching for some clear nail polish. Give the balljoint a light coat & see how it goes. My BW Scorponok was a floppy mess who couldn't even stand up by himself but a few tightened-up balljoints later & Scorpy was as good as new.
     
  13. Superquad7

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    This is great advice. I'll be adding this to the on-going resource I've been creating on this topic :) 

    The Internetz generation really needs to either go back to 2nd grade grammar or open up a text book every once in a while. I really don't feel compelled to point out every flaw or anything, but it sure is annoying . . . ./discussion
     
  14. Superquad7

    Superquad7 We're only human. Super Mod

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    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/creative-general-discussion/309394-tightening-loose-joints.html#
    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/creat...n/310029-need-help-tightening-odd-joints.html
    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/creative-general-discussion/297438-stablize-loose-wings.html
    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/creative-general-discussion/297513-protecting-ball-joints.html
    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/creat...ose-ball-joints.html?highlight=tighten+joints
    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/creative-general-discussion/286167-tightening-hinge-joints.html
    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/creat.../280019-super-glue-joint-tightening-help.html
    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/creat...sic-magnus-arms.html?highlight=tighten+joints
    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/creat...0698-superglue-nailpolish-details-please.html
    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/creat...ning-pin-joints.html?highlight=tighten+joints
    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/creat...ble-tighten-pin.html?highlight=tighten+joints
    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/creat...tightening-pins.html?highlight=tighten+joints
    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/creative-general-discussion/213428-i-hate-loose-joints.html
    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/creative-general-discussion/213013-alt-mirage-loose-leg.html
    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/creative-general-discussion/212675-repairing-loose-g1-legs.html#
    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/creat...ghtening-joints.html?highlight=tighten+joints

    = http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/tutorials-how-tos/349988-tightening-loose-joints.html

    If I'm missing something, lmk
     
  15. guard convoy

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    i just put toilet paper in the socket of a ball joint and it does the trick, and hey, to return figure to factory status, just remove the toiletpaper and you don't risk damaging the toy
     
  16. Superquad7

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    IRRC, I did that with my G1 Mirage at one point. It's a decent fix, but with other figures, I want a permanent fix.
     
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    oh i understand that completely, but there are folks like me who are afraid to damage their toys so it is an alternative if your not comfortable enough to use super glue on your toys
     
  18. Superquad7

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    I'll just throw in there that the paper wears out over time, too. Somehow, I know this :D 
     
  19. Opticron Primal

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    Used to use super glue but clear nail polish works out way better for me. My Cybertron Cannonball's shoulders were loose to the point where they couldn't hold a pose. A few coats of nail polish later and he's nice and tight.
     
  20. stepsongrapes

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    I hope you're wearing latex gloves or something. Superglue on the fingers equals no fun. Alternatively, use a cotton swab or corner of a piece of paper to pull off excess glue.
     

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