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Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2010 2:30 p.m. PST

I want to glue some paper lace material to sheet styrene. I have tried Tamya liquid glue, Zap a Gap CA glue, and Testors Model Master plastic glues but with no success.

Any suggestions?

Mike "Bunkermeister" Creek

DeanMoto Inactive Member12 Sep 2010 2:42 p.m. PST

CA is superglue, correct? If so, that would've been my suggestion. Seems to work for odd pairings. Dean

Personal logo Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2010 3:00 p.m. PST

Use a glue stick, like the kids use in school. Apply it to the plastic and then press your paper into place. Good luck!

Toaster12 Sep 2010 3:00 p.m. PST

I have found good old PVA works fine for me.


Personal logo elsyrsyn Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2010 4:03 p.m. PST

Or spray adhesive – that works well too.


thosmoss12 Sep 2010 6:40 p.m. PST

Big fan of Tacky Glue. It's like Elmer's Glue, but it actually works. Available in craft stores like Michael's (home of the 40% off coupons), or in the craft section at WalMart.

JRacel Inactive Member12 Sep 2010 7:08 p.m. PST

I like Tacky Glue as well. There is even a fast dry formula now that worked well for me on some plaster parts. I don;t see why it would not work with paper and plastic unless the plastic is very very smooth or has some form or oil or mold release on it.


Mapleleaf Inactive Member12 Sep 2010 11:01 p.m. PST

UHU like contact cement
- available as tube glue or glue stick

Space Monkey Inactive Member13 Sep 2010 3:13 a.m. PST

My first thought was spray adhesive too… like for mounting photos to cardstock… but it's not very precise.

tigrifsgt13 Sep 2010 5:24 a.m. PST

I use the Elmers Gel Glue, it has always satisfied my needs when doing that. It dries clear and can be painted over. TIG

sector51 Inactive Member13 Sep 2010 7:07 a.m. PST

My first thought was spray adhesive too… like for mounting photos to cardstock… but it's not very precise.

And would probably melt the styrene.

Personal logo elsyrsyn Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2010 8:10 a.m. PST

And would probably melt the styrene.

Nope. 3M 77 does not melt styrene. At least, it never has for me. Before I discovered full sheet self-adhesive label paper, that's how I affixed paper models printouts to 040 styrene.


Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2010 6:58 p.m. PST

Thanks for all your suggestions. I will probably try all of them.

Mike "Bunkermeister" Creek

laptot Supporting Member of TMP07 Oct 2010 11:15 a.m. PST

I use a number of media scratch-building ironclads and often have to glue paper to plastic. What I do is to first use light coat of PVA glue to get the paper to conform to the conture of the pastic part to be joined. Then while the glue is still wet I saturate the paper with very thin CA. Even though some warn against using kicker with super thin CA, I do this being sure there is not too much pooled to create excessive heat. The paper is now like resin and can be cut filed and sanded.

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