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Gluing Windows
Posted by tbone on Friday, March 03, 2017 2:58 AM

Hello all. I have been buiding polystyrene model cars since 1970 (I was 9 then) but I have always struggled a bit with fitting windows into my models - even now at my old age. I am always very, very careful with gluing in the windows. But from time to time, occasionally I still screw up and get a bit of glue on my windows. I hate it when that happens - hurts the whole look of an otherwise good build - no matter how small the blemish is. I'm hoping some of you can give me some tips on installing windows without the danger of glue blemishes. Thanks.

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Posted by streetmach1987 on Friday, March 03, 2017 4:31 AM

I tape my window in place,just on 4 spots and glue around the tape. with low tack tape, and i like to use testors clear glue just for windows. i some time do mess up but a lot less, lol

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Posted by Johnt on Monday, March 06, 2017 11:24 AM
I just got the double sided tape from Fastcap that was advertised and also tested. That seems like a great way to do windows. I'm a few days away from trying it out.
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Posted by High octane on Monday, March 06, 2017 11:32 AM

Johnt, please let us know how that tape works. I usually use Devcon 5-Minute Epoxy for glueing my window glass in as well as most of the glueing I do. The Devcon dries clear and makes for a tough bond.

High octane

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Posted by Scale modeller on Monday, March 06, 2017 4:34 PM

I also get glue on windows, it doesn't seem to matter what technique is used , or how careful you are, it happens. I have recently tried cleaning up glue spots with headlight renew polishes, the end product turns out surprisingly well. 

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Posted by Johnt on Monday, March 06, 2017 5:20 PM

I will. It will be a few days to let the paint and decal dry before I can do the windows depending on the weather.

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Posted by Goofy62 on Monday, March 06, 2017 6:49 PM

Try one of the UV light setting glues like "Laser Bond" or "Bondic".

You can tape or clamp your glass in place, run a bead of glue around the inside & then check to make sure you have no adhesive exposed before you zap it with the light.

If you find a spot of glue before you set it, you can just wipe it off.

Even after it's set you can still flick it off with a finger nail or the like.

Just be aware that these glues don't really have a super strong bond so you don't want to be pressing too hard on the glass after it is installed.

 

Steve

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Posted by Johnt on Saturday, March 11, 2017 9:27 AM

I just did the windshield on the 50 Ford pick up I'm doing. I pleased as punch with the Speedtape from fastcap. I used three small pieces for the windshield, and the hardest part was peeling the backing off the tape once it was on the windshield. The backing came off in two layers. When I started peeling only the top layer of the backing came off,like it would on old BMF. I made a second attempt to peel off the backing that was left, and it cane off pretty easy. Then it was just sticking the windshield to the cab. If I used the clear plastic glue I normally use I'd still be hold the windshield in waiting for the glue to set up. The tape is way neater and easyier to use. I'm a fan. I'm going to let it sit awhile and then clear my fingerprints off the glass.

It's hard to see, but I put a strip on the sun visor, in the middle of the top of the glass, and on the bottom of the glass.

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Posted by htown2 on Saturday, March 11, 2017 9:45 AM

This is what I use.  Works really well.

http://www.micromark.com/Watch-Crystal-Cement-Two-1-3-oz-Tubes

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Posted by carnut5767 on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 11:08 AM

Johnt
I just got the double sided tape from Fastcap that was advertised and also tested. That seems like a great way to do windows. I'm a few days away from trying it out.
 

Johnt
I just got the double sided tape from Fastcap that was advertised and also tested. That seems like a great way to do windows. I'm a few days away from trying it out.
 

Where do you get this Fastcap tape?  I have not heard of it.

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Posted by carnut5767 on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 11:09 AM

Where do you get this Fastcap tape, I have not heard of it. ?

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  • From: Sugarloaf, PA
Posted by Johnt on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 1:08 PM
It's advertised on page four of the Feb. issue. www.fastcap.com I noticed today that the bottom of the windshield had come loose so I took the window out and put a longer piece of tape on both the top and bottom. I'm hoping that this this will hold it better. It's so easy to do this way.
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Posted by tbone on Thursday, March 16, 2017 2:27 AM

Goofy62, got me a tube of Laser Bond as you suggested. Gonna give that a try. Thanks for the suggestion.

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Posted by tbone on Thursday, March 16, 2017 2:29 AM

htown2, Thanks for the suggestion. I followed your link. Very reasonably priced. Gonna give it a try.

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