Question on Glueing

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by Moochie, Jun 10, 2006.

  1. Moochie

    Moochie New Member

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    I am in the process of doing a little kit bashing to create a skeleton log car. I have a question on fastining a metal part to a plastic part. Everyone says "Paint the plastic before assembly" My question is "Will painting the plastic before I glue the metal part to it, reduce the bond of plastic to metal? Should I paint before or after gluing?

    FYI: The plastic part involved in the gluing is not on a sprue. I can easily paint before or after the gluing. It will be airbrushed.
  2. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

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    as long as one color is used I'd paint after.
  3. isboris4449

    isboris4449 Member

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    Whenever possible, paint after construction. That way you can fix any flaws, rough spots or glue marks first and not mess up the finish. I usually pre- paint only what would be hard to paint after assembly.

    Tom
  4. Gil Finn

    Gil Finn Active Member

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    Glue first paint later.
    The glue will remove dried paint and make a small mess.

    Also smeared glue can be fixed with a coat of Testors Dull coat, hides it well.

    I always finish builds and cars with a liberal coat of Dull Coat.

    Metal to meatal and joints with stresss I use 5 minute epoxy. It is esential for glue broken couples and meatal parts on engines of any gauge.

    Now these are things I do and that work for me.

    Others may have better or differnt tricks.
  5. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

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    Don't paint the surface to be glued.
    Think of the following:
    -Try to paint flat surfaces before assembling into boxes.
    -paint before assembly if the colour changes at the joint.
    -paint after assembly if the colour goes around the corner.
    (yes, I know I've contradicted myself!)