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Baranovich01 Mar 2015 7:11 a.m. PST

Hello all.

I am in the process of gearing up and setting up a painting and modelling station for wargaming and I had a question about glue.

I bought a lot of supplies back in 2012 with the plan to start working soon after, but couldn't get to it.

For about two years I have had miniature paints in safe, in-door storage, along with PVA glue, spray primers, etc. So far all of the glues and paints have been fine, they held up perfectly in storage while sealed up.

I also had three bottles of Zap Ca super glue. Does anyone know how long Zap Ca lasts in the bottle if it has never been opened? I would imagine that if it has never been unsealed that it would last quite a while. It still is perfectly liquid and fluid. I'm just wondering if two-year old Zap would have any adhesion or modelling issues?

Pizzagrenadier01 Mar 2015 7:53 a.m. PST

I've never found any issues with Zap going bad whether unopened or otherwise.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP01 Mar 2015 7:56 a.m. PST

Should be fine.

Once you open / start using it store it in the fridge.

It will last a lot longer and clogging will be greatly reduced.

Random Die Roll Supporting Member of TMP01 Mar 2015 9:12 a.m. PST

Adding to Joes Shop comment….

If you store your Zap in a fridge with food, place it in a heavy duty freezer bag as it does do a small amount of out-gassing---safety first

If you are fortunate enough to have a small fridge where you keep beverage cans "dorm fridge" then keep it there no worries.

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP01 Mar 2015 9:22 a.m. PST

I had a few bottles go bad but they were at least 10 years old or more. I bought a huge box of it when a store closed. I don't know how long it was there before I got it. So three years or so you should be fine.

Personal logo Sergeant Paper Supporting Member of TMP01 Mar 2015 10:44 p.m. PST

Keep it cold. Mine solidified, probably when we had 90s for a few weeks.

shaun from s and s models Supporting Member of TMP02 Mar 2015 2:56 a.m. PST

I have some opened bottles of super glue that have just gone hard, once I have peeled off the actual bottle I can use them as blanks for turning on the lathe!

John Treadaway02 Mar 2015 7:35 a.m. PST

I endorse Sergeant Paper: granted it was Gorilla Super Glue but I kept it in the conservatory for the summer and it became a clear but solid, impressive lump of plastic that – for investigative purposes – I had to cut out of the plastic bottle

John T

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