Nail polish fix?

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  1. Ultrawave

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    >___> So I'm probably going to sound like a complete idiot, but what IS this "nail polish/superglue fix" I keep reading about? I know its used to make ball joints tighter and pegs clip together stronger, but how do you actually do it? o___O;
     
  2. Autobot-Girl

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    Just put the nail polish/superglue evenly on the peg or ball joint, let it dry by itself it'll add an extra layer to the plastic: thus tightening the joint ;) 
     
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    It's quite simple: first you pop the loose ball joint out of the socket, then you simply apply an even layer of nail polish or superglue. When dry, the nail polish/superglue has increased the size of the ball joint's surface, so when you pop the "ball" back into the "joint", the joint shouldn't be as loose as before because it's now a tighter fit.
     
  4. Bilbo Boxhead

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    Just put the Super glue/nail polish on a ball joint, let it dry,put the leg back on and the jojnts tighter. Thats pretty much all there is to it
     
  5. ComicGuy89

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    It works wonders, by the way. My loose Razorclaw that came in the mail couldn't stand before. Now his leg joints are as tight as mint (tighter). Makes me wish that all my figure's joints are ball-joints, because I haven't figured out a good way to fix pin joints.

    Do invest in a good bottle of nail polish.
     
  6. unclemarsellus

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    Just make sure the super glue is a water-based craft super glue. Regular super glue can fog and increase the chance of a permanent mistake.
     
  7. Anti-Venom

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    Instead of using glue wich can damage your figures, use Pledge Future floor finish.
     
  8. unclemarsellus

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    That's why I recommend the water-based craft super glue. It doesn't damage the toy. It creates a clear, flexible bond that can be reversed and removed if you want. It tightens the joint great but with none of the nasty side-effects.
     
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    When using super glue, do not put part back on ball joint while glue it wet. :D 
     
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    Wow, this thread was a huge help :D 
     
  11. LadyK

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    I suggest using good-quality nail polish, not the cheap stuff, if you don't wanna use superglue. I've never fixed anything with nail polish, but I do remember quite a few cases where I used cheap stuff and found it easy to just peel off when it dried.

    I'm also kinda wondering where the person that came up with using nail polish for this purpose got the idea. o_O 
     
  12. Ultrawave

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    Yeah, thanks guys! ^_^ I have som superglue so I'll check to see if its the right kind, I dont want to damage my figures lol. What kind of clear nail polish do you guys recommend?
     
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    Ive used nailpolish to create friction and tighter surfaces on more than just ball-joints. It can be used on almost any plastic on plastic area thats loose. Really a great solution for almost any looseness on a TF. I have a bottle of Mabellene (sp) clear polish thats awesome. When it dries its virtually invisibe, and doesnt come off.
     
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    put a tiny bit of toilet paper in the socket of the joint, much easier and has less risk and you can take it out if you ever want to
     
  15. Mr. Sparklebot

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    That's what I did to temporarily hold up a towel rack coming out of the wall once, lol.
    This is actually a pretty good idea, though I used paper towel (a bit stronger, but i don't think it's that much of a difference).
     
  16. The_Black_Sheep

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    Something similar to this might work for Henkei Thundercracker's arm missile launcher peghole. I considered nail polish/super glue but I realised it wasn't gonna work. Thanks for the idea... :) 
     
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    Yup, it is the easiest fix there is. I've had to use it several times. Most recently on Universe Powerglide and ROTF Chromia.
     
  18. Renidragon

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    I used Superglue on one of my universe Sunstreaker's ankles. Worked great - almost too great. Now it's so tight I need to pry it out when transforming... but it still works. I may have added too much though.

    With superglue, I let it mostly dry (till it gets kinda tacky), pop the joint back on and MOVE IT with as much range of motion as you can. This will spread the drying glue a little more, and get some in the socket as well. Just be gentle with it... repeat the process a few times till you get it right.

    I'm trying clear nail polish (Sally Hanson Double Duty - hey, it's what the girlfriend had on hand) on the hip joints of my Universe/ROTF Superion's Airrazor... gonna try letting it dry overnight and see what happens. Don't know if this is cheap stuff or not. If it works, great! If not, it'll peel off and no harm done. ...I hope.
     
  19. Gingerchris

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    Hasbro probably. Right after they bought shares in the nail polish companies. :p 
     
  20. guard convoy

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    no prob, i actually have been thinking of doing that to henkei thundercracker if i ever managed to get one :( 
     

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