Paper hardener or glue remover?

Discussion in 'How Do I...' started by Rogerio Silva, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. Rogerio Silva

    Rogerio Silva Active Member

    Hello, everyone

    I found this, as many of us do, almost by accident, since I've read something like it here. A little background: when I started in this hobby a couple of months ago, I found out that the best glue for clumsy old me would be what we call styrofoam glue, or PVA glue (alcoohol-based).
    Then I got into the trouble of trying to harden the paper, and read here that someone had successfully tried lacque (hairspray). So I bought a small can of it, and guess what? It's ALSO alcohol-based! So, when I sprayed it over the model, everything started to fall apart, almost instantaneously!:eek:wall1
    It was no papaer hardener, but an excellent glue remover!!! Some weeks later, assembling Julius Perdana's Iron Man Mk VII's left leg, I forgot that I should read the right leg instructions in a mirrored way, and ended up glueing a piece on the opposite side.:-o::curse:
    But then I remebered the ill-fated hairspray. Just a quick, small spray on the seam, and presto! Glue removed!:mrgreen::thumb:
    So, if you use PVA glue, try anything that's alcohol-based, like hairspray, and it will work like magic.
  2. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    Very interesting. You are really picking up on some good techniques. That's the nice about this hobby, it brings out your inventiveness. :)
  3. kbkline

    kbkline Member

    OMG sorry but I had to laugh at this one....... Just the visual of a model falling apart after being finished..... On this side of the fence that's funny
  4. Rogerio Silva

    Rogerio Silva Active Member

    NO surprise...


    You would had laughed even harder if you'd seen my face!sign1
  5. Master_Barret

    Master_Barret New Member

    Hey! this is an excellent contribution!!

    Never would have occurred to me something, I'll take it into account and goes straight to the shelf of the tools to use.

    greetings from Mexico City.

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