Customs: The Basics of Working With Styrene (Video Tutorial)

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  1. Zildjian

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    As always, feel free to discuss details of the tutorial here. Any additional information found helpful can be added.
     
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    hthrun Show accuracy's overrated

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    That was great! The most helpful thing for me is seeing that plastic fusion stuff. I've been using a glue gun to strengthen bonds that superglue wasn't strong enough for. I'll have to see if I can pick up some plastic fusion and replace the glue gun gobs with it and some pieces of styrene to make things look better...
     
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  5. Zildjian

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    very nice tut Z!!....man, I am loving those Styrene scissors!!
     
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    Wow, that was amazing, so here's to everyone watching this (especially beginner nubs like me) before we end up hurting ourselves. :) 
     
  8. hthrun

    hthrun Show accuracy's overrated

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    They won't, and even if the did most stores that did carry it charged $12-$15 for it!
     
  10. hthrun

    hthrun Show accuracy's overrated

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    Have you tried using it to bond plastic to other materials, like magnets? Since it kind of melts the plastics together, I'm wondering if it would be effective for other things...
     
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    a lot of states in the north east don't carry plastic fusion, because of safety rules. i have found some mom&pop hardware stores that do, in NY.

    A good epoxy that can be found at most wal-marts and ace/tru value/lowes is devcon's plastic weld.
     
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    The stuff would glue your head to plastic if given the chance....
     
  13. hthrun

    hthrun Show accuracy's overrated

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    Don't give me any ideas, I just ordered some :lol 
     
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    Regarding ProWeld...I may be wrong, but it seemed that you spread it on there pretty quickly and nonchalantly pressed the pieces together with ungloved fingers. Either you're very self-confident (you should be...the vid was awesome!), very careful (judging by the sharp objects you use...again, you should be), or the stuff doesn't adhere to skin. I'm curious as to that, as I'm unfamiliar with the product and how it works. If that's the case, it's just another reason for me to snag some...my fingers stay raw from having to sand off super glue [​IMG]
     
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    Excellent tutorial Z. :)  I've been customizing 6"-8" scale action figures for a few years, but I'm only now moving into working with styrene. Seeing the right tools for the job in action is a great help.
     
  16. Zildjian

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    LOL!! Thanks...

    With regard to your concers.... the Pro-Weld is litterally a liquid as thin as water. It does not adhere to skin and evaoprates VERY, VERY quickly. You need to be quick to get it to bond.
     
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    Great, that's going on my supply list, then. I can't afford not to have it!

    That styrene shear is pretty smooth, too. Squaring cuts has been a major issue for me in my early efforts.
     
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    The Plastic Fusion already arrived! I'm looking forward to trying it out...
     

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