Customs: Recommended Adhesives

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  1. Superquad7

    Superquad7 We're only human. Super Mod

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    Discuss!

    (Also, please provide a photo with your suggestion as well as discussing why you made your choice. Feel free to discuss pros and cons of adhesives as well.)

    I'm wishing to update this with a much greater list of suggestions. Each person will be credited with their suggestion.
     
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  2. hXcpunk23

    hXcpunk23 The Chaos Bringer

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    I've used the following glues on most of my projects, which involve styrene to styrene bonding and styrene to TF plastic bonding (haven't tried others, but these work wonders for my customs work):

    Loctite Super Glue Ultra Gel - For parts that you want to hold very well. This glue is for the heavy duty stuff.

    Loctite Super Glue Control Gel - For parts where you'd like more control over glue application. This glue allows you to "control" small amounts or large amounts to help bond small to large parts.

    Testors Plastic Cement - For styrene to styrene bonding. Works pretty well, but personally, I prefer the two above, depending on the project at hand.

    Loctite Super Glue Control Extra Time - Tested this recently and it works fairly well, though it's more like a liquid and runs everywhere. This one gets very messy, very quickly. I'm also not sure what the "Extra Time" means here. The glue dries very quickly and holds well, so the "Extra Time" doesn't apply here. Maybe it means you need extra drying time to allow it to set. On the smaller parts and heads I've tried it on, it dries and sets pretty fast. I'd still suggest the top two over this or the Testors.
     
  3. nellie131

    nellie131 Well-Known Member

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    i have also used the loctite ultra gel.

    as well as for really heavy duty jobs i use these two -

    Devcon plastic weld. this stuff is scary strong and very pungent to use. well ventilated area is need and has a decent working time.

    zap-a-gap. replaced the loctite brand for me. very very good stuff to use but will glue skin to anything in seconds and has a good strength.

    hope this helps
     
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    For my main "superglue" Cyano Acrylate I use Jet brand. It comes in 3 flavors:

    Thin (which is like regular watery superglue)
    Medium (I use this for 90% of my superglue usage)
    Thick ( very gel -like, I don't use it often)

    Jet is probably the best (read: strongest) Cyano type glue I've come across. The down side is the nozzles do tend to clog and the glue itself seems to dry in the bottle quicker than other cyanos. I still prefer Jet to any other for sheer durability.

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    I also frequently use ZipKicker accelerator for my Cyanos. This stuff forces the cure time to near instant.

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    Here is Loctite 2 part epoxy for plastics, I am using this for the G1 Grimlock project, and it's very good. Not as good as DevCon Plastic epoxy but certainly cheaper and more readily available.

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    Not pictured because I don't have any with me, but recommended:

    DevCon Plastic weld
    Tennax plastic weld
    Plastruct welder for similar and dissimilar plastics
     

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  5. shinobi77

    shinobi77 Fatbastard

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    For the heavy duty bonding, I use the zap a gap. Fills gaps nicely, its a permanent bond, the plastic will break before the glue does.

    for a bit more flexible bond I use the Plastruct Plastic Weld. This stuff is also good for gluing straight edges together and not leaving a bead, you hold the edges together and brush it on the edges, it seeps in by capillary action and like I said, leaves a nice flexible bond.
    It is kind of smelly, really thin. Its a brush on glue, and literally a dab will do you.

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    Zap a gap. Really strong (loctite is nothing) and sets fast. Ive dropped my toys from height and the plastic breaks before the glue does.

    Does bond skin, but also has almost no smell compared to other glues. Get the green version.
     
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    sodawilly Old School fan since 1984

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    For all of the customs stuff I have ever did I use the watery type of cyanoacrylate from Great Planes. I have a pretty steady hand when using this stuff. I've found it to be the best for me. Usually cures ultra fast. Nice thing with it too, you can set your parts and get them lined up just right before it fully takes hold. I used it making the head for my newest Chromedome custom.

    - Gregg
     
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    My brothers GF gave me some Nail glue and it seems to be holding the torso of a combiner together so far.Its unreal with Styrene.If i could find the stupid tube,i'll get back to you.
     
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    This thread is totally rockin', gang :rock : Keep 'em comin' :cool: 
     
  10. bonus2003

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    I have used this glue a lot of times. Gorilla Glue, glue pen. It is not a serious bonding agent, it will hold but with moderate strength (ie pulling with both hands in opposite directions) it will fail. What it is very good at is gap filling with moderate hold. So if you have to glue something or reinforce it and need the gap filling this works well. It starts out like everything else but it "bubbles" as it dries and expands 2-3x what you put on. Once dry it can be cut with an exacto knife or filed down somewhat. hope that helps! Oh and its cheap 2-3 bucks tops, and little bit goes a long way.
     

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    Maybe this adhesive thread should be........(wait for it....)...Stickied!:p 




    Thank you, thank you! I'll be here all week, .....don't forget to try the veal!
     
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    Only stuff I use!

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    Superquad 7 and others. So far I use just a few adhesives for my custom work. Super glue in the forms of a liquid and a gel. Which one I use depends on the criteria of the materials I'm bonding,or if I need a gap filler at the same time. Other then super glue (no favorite brand yet) .....I use Testors model glue for model car type plastics. The RED labeled stuff in the precision point bottle. When I glue anything I try to use clamps when ever I can. I will add some pics at a later point to this post. It should be noted that my limited adhesive needs are because I only have customized Alternators in various ways. When I move into diferent lines.....I figure i will need to get some other types of glue.

    I forgot.........I haven't used it yet,But I also now have a 2 part crazyglue type stuff too. Called Dr. Bond by permatex. It is at autopart stores for sure....and maybe at home depot too?
     
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    You aren't messing around with that stuff............ do you apply that with a tooth pic or small tool of sorts? May have to try this one out on something.

    Thanks for your input.=)
     
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    Not sure I know what you mean when you say "You aren't messing around with that stuff...." but I mix it with toothpicks or scrap plastic and spread it with them as well, sometimes smoothing with a wet finger.
     
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    I think he just means it's really powerful. I ordered some but have yet to use it :thumbs2: 
     
  18. Superquad7

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    I just thought I'd bump this to see if anyone has any more suggestions.
     
  19. Wikkid

    Wikkid Semi-retired customizer

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    3M panel bond

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    This stuff's made to glue roof panels, door skins and other automotive parts to your vehicle. The only way to break the bond is with a hammer and chisel. From what I understand, when sprayed through a high pressure and heated application system, it is also used to bomb-proof military equipment.

    ....so yeah, she'll hold your toy together.
     
  20. Goaliebot

    Goaliebot All Makes and Models

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    Awesome thread, thanks everyone! Now to see whether any of these are available at retail up here in Canada. :) 
     

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