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How long should I wait for a part to dry before gluing that part to the model?

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Q: How long should I wait for a part to dry before gluing that part to the main model?
I have been using liquid model cement, which works great, but when I glue a part, the paint wears off. Should I be using a different type of glue?

Matthew Gamcsik
Chapel Hill, South Carolina


Ken:  Matthew, your problem might be that you are trying to glue paint to paint, and not plastic to plastic.
When you paint the parts first, allow sufficient time for the parts to dry (which depends on the paint) but try to leave the parts overnight, just to be safe.

Before gluing the parts together, carefully scrap away the paint at the contact points of each piece. Don’t remove too much (beyond the edge of the area the part will cover), and just use a touch of liquid cement on one or both scraped areas to soften the plastic before positioning the parts together. 

For unpainted parts, you can hold the pieces together, apply liquid cement to the joint, and allow capillary action to draw the cement into the joint – but don’t do that with painted parts

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