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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is what I use. Works really well.
JohntI 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. ?
Goofy62, got me a tube of Laser Bond as you suggested. Gonna give that a try. Thanks for the suggestion.
htown2, Thanks for the suggestion. I followed your link. Very reasonably priced. Gonna give it a try.
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