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Secrets of CA Glue
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Texas, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, June 09, 2004 - 02:14 PM UTC
Curious - in all my years of modeling, I've never once reached a the bottom of a single bottle of CA glue... have you any secrets? I've been good about keeping caps closed, cleaning up spillage, and even tried putting them in 'zip-lock' bags... the best I can do is get about half-way through before I have a solid rock....
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Posted: Wednesday, June 09, 2004 - 02:33 PM UTC
Hi there KFMagee...

u're correct..most of us here have been face this problem for years...buying expensive CA glue but we never have the chances to see them finished..

but after some years, reading a few tips and personal experinces..here're some tips to make the shelf life longer for CA glue..

The chemicals inside the CA glue will react with air and moisture to harden(dry) themselves. This is what actually happen to the glue...when they're hard..they will bond any pieces together well including our fingers

First of all, avoid buying the one from the tube... this glue is a bit thick..wont last long... to make this tube last a bit longer , when storing the tube (not in used), always seal a greasy media to the tube opening..i used a cellophane to seal the tube "mouth". This is prevent the CA react with air and moisture. Always store CA glue in cool environement. I stored in my fridge. Just be carefull about this. LAbel your glue properly so that your wife and kids wont mistakenly took the glue.

I prefer the thinner version of CA glue..the one inside the bottle.. this can last longer...and your dont have to seal the bottle ... just store it in the fridge... i have mine for a few months now...still OK

and last tip. when using the glue, do not used straight out of the tube...put a little quantity on a cellophane tape ..this way, the glue wont dry quiclky and u have extra time to work with....apply the glue with toothpick to the required area and parts...

hope this helps........
good luck
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Distrito Federal, Mexico
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Posted: Wednesday, June 09, 2004 - 03:17 PM UTC
The best solution is to use it all up, I do that because I use it for all my needs. :-)
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Posted: Wednesday, June 09, 2004 - 10:02 PM UTC
Buy the Smaller Bottle!!!!!!

Nah... I find that the 1/2 or 1 oz bottle still goes bad..... I do try to keep it in the fridge and dry....
But never seem to use it all before it goes bad
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Metro Manila, Philippines
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Posted: Wednesday, June 09, 2004 - 10:47 PM UTC
I used the ones in 3 grams. Good thing is, I can finish a lot of models and completely use it up. My secret? Nothing. :-) It's hot here in our country so at room temperature, it does not dry up. Oh BTW, one of my superglue last for 6 months. Ofcourse it has some dried up parts but atleast it was just 10-20% of 3 grams. :-)
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Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2004 - 12:53 AM UTC
Indeed, keeping the glue in a cool place (such as a fridge) will extend its life. I don't know why but it works.
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Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2004 - 01:32 AM UTC
LOL - Nice thread. I pay up to $4 for a bottle and get (hopefuly) $2 out of it.

My two tips - build faster - faster - faster OR Use MORE GLUE and go invest in sandpaper

Really - it has become a cost of the hobby. I buy in as small a quatity as possible and clean the heck out of the tip and seal it as well as possible.