SEARCH SCALEAUTOMAG.COM

Enter keywords or a search phrase below:

Gluing painted parts together

289 views
9 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    August, 2017
Gluing painted parts together
Posted by Dan the man on Sunday, August 27, 2017 3:00 AM

Please help.  I have a Munster Mobile that has chrome headlights to be glued to the painted sides of the vehicle but the they will not stick and they keep falling off and the paint comes off as well.  Any suggestions or tips would be greatly appreciated.

Dan the man, Davie FL

  • Member since
    August, 2015
  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Sunday, August 27, 2017 7:01 AM

Not really familiar with this kit, but would it be possible to drill and pin the headlights in place? Use a small drop of superglue to hold them in place.

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, August 27, 2017 7:17 AM

Glue doesn't stick to paint or chrome very well.  Try scraping a small spot from the painted and chromed surfaces so the glue can meld the surfaces together.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1968 Dodge Charger R/T

Classic Plastic Model Club 

They call me MrMike!

  • Member since
    May, 2017
Posted by Bugman9317 on Sunday, August 27, 2017 7:56 AM

How about using a little clear coat. I use it all the time for photo ected badges and it holds really well.

  • Member since
    August, 2017
Posted by Dan the man on Monday, August 28, 2017 6:31 PM

Thank you TarheelRick for your reply. Sounds like a good idea. What material  should be used as the pin? Wood, Metal or plastic and how would I find something that small?

  • Member since
    August, 2017
Posted by Dan the man on Monday, August 28, 2017 6:33 PM

Thank you Bugman9317,

Would the clear coat be used as a glue, spray the pieces and stick them together?

  • Member since
    August, 2017
Posted by Dan the man on Monday, August 28, 2017 6:34 PM

Thank you mrmike.

  • Member since
    January, 2017
Posted by 195X on Monday, August 28, 2017 8:26 PM

Dan the man

Thank you mrmike.

 

Take his advice. Clear coat is just that and makes a lousy glue. It will even advise you in the instructions of every kit.. ever, to scrape paint and chrome from contact points so the glue can do it's job.

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

  • Member since
    August, 2015
  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 3:32 AM

Dan the man

Thank you TarheelRick for your reply. Sounds like a good idea. What material  should be used as the pin? Wood, Metal or plastic and how would I find something that small?

 

 Preferably use a small piece of brass wire (available at Hobby Lobby and other stores), if that is not available a piece of stripped copper wire would work just as well.

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

  • Member since
    February, 2016
Posted by Plowboy on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 8:32 AM

I use .010 styrene rod to pin small parts. Just drill the same size hole in the part and glue it. I use Tamiya Extra Thin Cement as it comes with a fine tipped brush applicator. Whenever possible, I drill through the body and glue from the inside with liquid glue. It makes a great bond that's really clean. If you can't drill through the body, simply touch the pin with the glue applicator and install.

JOIN OUR COMMUNITY!

Our community is FREE to join. To participate you must either login or register for an account.

FREE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
SUBSCRIBER-ONLY CONTENT