"Thick" superglue.

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  1. Keith M

    Keith M Staff Member Moderator

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    I've often used the kind of cheap superglues such as you find in the 'pound shops', and there's nothing wrong with them as long as you use sparingly as they're invariably very 'runny' and thin, as I recently found having ended up with axles firmly glued into bearings when all I thought I'd applied was a tiny drop, but the stuff ran where I didn't want it. I ended up buying some 'debonder' to free up the job, but whilst I was buying (In a branch of "Toolstation") I noticed they stocked "Thick" superglue, which as it implies, is much more viscous, at £2.63 for a 50g bottle it's not pricey, and as it's an 'Industrial grade', it certainly sticks brass fret, white metal, resin and plastic items. Useful for modellers I reckon.
    Keith.

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    ianvolvo46 Staff Member Moderator

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    I reckon that would have saved me quite a bit of grief Keith … tablecloth comes to mind :facepalm:

    Ian vt
     
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    Ron Staff Member Moderator

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    Thanks for that Keith, I usually use a Dental firm to get mine at £5.95 a bottle!
     
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    I must say that I haven't had a great relationship with so called superglue over the years. The only stuff I have found to be any good is the Selleys stuff with the brush built into the lid and some new Zap a Gap stuff which was much dearer. The rest of the time I find the stuff mis-named, often not gluing anything well at all, no chance of gluing my fingers together, the only thing it reliably sticks to is the inside of the bottle, tube or nozzle, rendering the product useless.
    Cheers
    Tony
     
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    Thumbs up for Zap a Gap from me. Price should not be the prime consideration when wanting a job done well.
     
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    paul_l Staff Member Administrator

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    mmmm .... nice find Keith.
    For the price it is worth a punt, I recently purchased (on the recommendation of York Paul - it's all his fault your honor) Delux Materials Rocket range

    Rocket Rapid - Medium viscosity fast setting cyanoglue (5 -10 sec),
    Rocket Max - Thick non-runny cyano glue sets in 10-20 sec, and
    Rocket Hot Super thin penetrating cyano glue setting in 1 - 5 sec.

    Each costing between £6 & £8 for 20g. I have yet to try them in anger but i'm sure the opportunity will soon arrive, and I will need to test each with the 3D resin prints, so a trip to Toolstation for another test subject seems like a good idea.

    Paul
     
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    York Paul Staff Member Moderator

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    Well I did say Roket wasn't cheap but it is good for the price :thumbs:
     
  8. Rob Pulham

    Rob Pulham Staff Member Administrator Feature Contributor

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    It will all have a much longer life if you keep it in your fridge in between use.
     
  9. Keith M

    Keith M Staff Member Moderator

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    Incidentally, "Toolstation" is owned by the Kingfisher group which owns B&Q, "Screwfix" is owned by the same group which owns "Wickes". Small world, innit? Our local branches in Alfreton are in adjacent halves of the same building...... that must be interesting in terms of competition!:giggle:

    Keith.
     
  10. paul_l

    paul_l Staff Member Administrator

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    Almost Keith

    Travis Perkins owns Wikes and Toolstation, Kingfisher owns B&Q and Screwfix

    Paul
     
  11. hartleymartin

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    I'm a fan of the Zap-a-Gap CA glues. One bottle generally lasts me a few months because you don't need to use much of the stuff. The Medium thickness glue will still run into a join by capillary action but is just thick enough that it doesn't run all over the place. Works well ok plastic, wood and metals, though I wouldn't try to assemble an etched brass kit with the stuff.
     
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    SMR CHRIS Staff Member Moderator

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    ALid in Australia has 3 types of CA in large bottles this week looks very much like the Zap a Gap even has the same colours
    Thin, Medium and Thick styles $6.99 so good value for the size of the bottle
     
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    I am using the thick variety for the first time on my very (should I say extremely) intricate coal stage/hoist. It has far surpassed expectations and I will never go back to the old runny stuff. It sticks well and fairly quickly but is a clear winner when you are tying to get the tube into a very tight area without gluing yourself as well as other parts that should not have been glued. A great product.

    Cheers

    and happy modelling

    Richard
     
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    Did that back in the day when in the services, till the health and safety dude spotted that we also had our lunches in the same fridge and had a pink fit, end result new fridge for lunches.

    Loctite did a trade talk to us and evidently CA activates by excluding air/oxygen which causes it to set, so if there is glue outside the joint it will not set correctly or set slowly.
    They recommended using a primer prior to applying to surfaces and an activator to cause rapid setting.
     

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