Caulk vs Woodland Scenics Foam Tack Glue

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by Connor, Feb 16, 2007.


Which do you use?

  1. Caulk

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  2. Woodland Scenics Foam Tack Glue

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  3. White Glue

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  4. Other

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  1. Connor

    Connor Member

    I was wondering what most people used when putting the foam roadbed down on the pink foam.. I've used the Woodland Scenics Foam tack glue for this in the past, but was reading alot about people using caulk.. What's the advantages of using the Caulk vs the Foam Tack Glue?
  2. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    I use white glue for my track bed and it works GREAT and holds very well. I don't have the pink or white foam though, I have the cheap white foam stuff (I live in CA and I can't get the pink or blue stuff here) :mad: wall1 :( :rolleyes: but I image that it will work just as good on the pink/blue stuff as it does on the white foam :thumb:
  3. Squidbait

    Squidbait Recovering ALCO-holic

    I use foam-safe spray adhesive. 3M 77 (old formula, if you can find it).
  4. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

    i use 3M door panel adhesive for cars.its VERY tacky though so watch your fingers!its safe on foam since theres foam in car doors and its alraeady somewhat ground colored so i dont worry about it bleeding through.but so far its been working and is rather cheap.
  5. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    I use the caulk (latex), since it is cheap, easy to use, and can removed (with a putty knife) if needed. It can also be painted/covered if you get it where its not supposed to be (don't ask ;)).

  6. Connor

    Connor Member

    Guess no one uses the Woodland Scenics Foam Tack Glue.. I used it on my last layout. It's a water based product.. Comes up easily.. Although the Roam Road bed can't be re-used.. (Not that you would want to).. I did just recently get a Battery Powered Caulk gun, so I may try caulk this time. :)
  7. jbaakko

    jbaakko Active Member

    I used the WS glue cause it came with my Mod-u-rail sections, and to me, it was a rip off. The adhesive caulk worked better. I bought the "DAP" brand, in the squeeze tubes so I don't need a caulking gun.
  8. Connor

    Connor Member

    What was wrong with the WS glue? It takes a while to adhere, and works best if you spread it out after applying it.
  9. Southern4449

    Southern4449 Member

    I lay the roadbed down and lay the flex track on top of it and then place some small nails thru the flex track. When I go over the area with paint and ballast it holds it all down..
    If I need to make a change it all comes up without any damage..
  10. MadHatter

    MadHatter Charging at full tilt.

    I agree with Southern4449, track nails are the best for me. Then I gle the ballast on the good old way, water, dishwashing liquid and white glue.
  11. johnnyb1216

    johnnyb1216 New Member


    liquid nails foam adhesive
  12. Biased turkey

    Biased turkey Active Member

    Just getting some tests done right now and the yellow carpenter glue works fine ( and is cheap )
    I did a diorama last year and Woodland Scenics Hob-e-tac adhesive enclosed with the diorama kit is still holding well.

    About liquid nails foam adhesive: I used it to glue the pink extrudee foam on my hollow core door, but if I'm left with a half used tube, can I close the tube abd reuse it some months later ?
  13. Relic

    Relic Member

    I don't know if my vote counts, like everything else I kind of beat my own drum.
    My road bed is cut from leftover "maranti board" {1/4 " plywood} stuck dowm with a mishmash of stuff, caulk,white glue,yeyyow glue and paneling adhesive,depending on what was laying around and how big a gap there was to fill.
    The plywood roadbed is pretty labour intensive but I got a lot more time than money.
  14. YmeBP

    YmeBP Member

    Do you use this for the track as well? I nailed my cork to the foam w/ 3/4" #17 wirenails then i nail the track to the cork w/ atlas track nails. It works ... o.k. :) but my area is not perfectly straight and i'm on a super tight budget so i was thinking of using some form of adhesive. Couple of gotchya's though i used 18" radius turns. As i am learning my 6 wheeled locos can run on it, but they REALLY don't like to run on it ;). So i have to pull it up and put down 22" or bigger turns. I'm sure this is going to happen in other areas of my layout so what do i use to allow for this flexibility?


  15. Fluesheet

    Fluesheet Member

    I've done this with some success. I'll typically shove an appropriately sized nail down into the tip to keep it clear, then tightly wrap the whole business up with packing tape.

    This is with various forms of caulks, not liquid nails. To avoid forever fastening the nail into the tube, I think I'd just try the packing tape, and drill through whatever plug may happen to form while it's in storage. Good luck!
  16. trainman4

    trainman4 Member

    Wire nuts

    I use wire nuts on my open tubessign1
  17. johnnyb1216

    johnnyb1216 New Member

    i use wire nuts also
  18. J. Steffen

    J. Steffen Member

    I bought a huge bottle of Elmers glue for seven bucks. Worked really good on the foam roadbed and styrofoam subterrain. I didn't expect to have sooo much left over but I'm sure I'll be able to use it elsewhere on the layout.
  19. Biased turkey

    Biased turkey Active Member

    Thanks for the tip about using a wire-nut for closing a tube that has been unsealed.
    I can't even use what's left of liquid nails in the near future because I won't use extruded styrofoam to build the hills but use paper wads instead.
  20. stary

    stary Member

    I use both white glue and the WS FOAM TACK GLUE; and am satisfied with both. If only WS didn't make their bottle hard to squeeze the glue out of, though!:curse: I take the top off, and apply it with a paintbrush.

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