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Reparing a figure - Why use that glue

ShaoMayShaoMay3 månader sedanAsk MFC
Hello dear MFC community, I come , once again, to ask for some of your wisdom.

This time the subject is : Which glue to use to repair a figure.

Wait! Before pointing me to other blog post asking the same question, I want to ask, why do people recommend epoxy glue so much.

Here's the story. I recently bought ITEM #464678 and love it to bits. My mother was bored and decided to clean my room, since I never do it during week days (I'm so lazy after work). After work, she comes and tells me: "Isn't it nice of me to still clean all your room?" I say thanks and start looking at my figures, then I see this.

https://static.myfigurecollection.net/image/ShaoMay1502494853.jpeg

Fennekin was broken. I assume my mother wanted to clean my figures. Since she didn't know the Pokemon is not attached to the base, it must have fell on the ground. Itried to see if it can be fixed and it would look like this.

https://static.myfigurecollection.net/image/ShaoMay1502494855.jpeg

I think I can live with those seams. The figure is so small and the cut is so low. (Also nobody would sell only Fennekin, so buying a replacment is a no go).

Now, I searched about glue recommendations on this site and saw that a lot of people answer epoxy glue (or any glue you can find at a hobby shop). I mentionned this to my father and looked at me with a "you are so complicating things over, just use the old krazy glue we have in the garage" on his face.

It got me thinking. Is there any specific reason to use epoxy glue instead of any run of the mill super glue that you can find at any home hardware shop? Is it a marketing ploy or you know this by experience? Am I dumb and this is actually the real name of Krazy glue? (Also any tips on how to repair such a tiny piece of plastic?)


EDIT: Thank you for all of your inputs guys! From what I gather epoxy is a kind of gel glue, that is better used for medium to big repairs. The consensus seems to be use regular super glue. I will do that.
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1pt
idk, but i use plastic model glue from Tamiya. It sort of helps...
2 månader sedan
1pt
This sounds really similar.... -_-
When I mom cleans my room and there is something falling she complaints WHY DO YOU HAVE SO MANY SH#T AROUND DON'T NEED TO WONDER IF SOMETHING BREAKS.

So the sword of my lil Zelda fig broke and I repaired it with second glue...it's not that strong but it holds and I had no other glue back than.

But I forbid my mom to clean my figures. But I still keep them in thr boxes to be sure
3 månader sedan
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Limited (3 månader sedan) #24584489You really got scarred by epoxy in class, didn't you? The stuff comes in many flavors, and it sounds like you dealt with an industrial variant. The common household epoxy is more akin to a thin gel that can be applied with a toothpick. They even have clay-like varieties for sculpting, which works well for modding figures.
But like Tom said, in this case the contact points are so small that it wouldn't be taking advantage of epoxy's strength, so it's easier to just use super glue.

Nope, I've used E3000 on stuff before. I was joking about how the epoxy from that class smelled really bad. I don't really recommend E3000 for a repair that small at all.
3 månader sedan
1pt
Epoxy is something that's pretty much guaranteed to work and give a good, strong bond. If the thing you're gluing is small, superglue will do it.

In one case, I had a transparent figure break - for that I had to get a glue specifically for plastics, as the more common glues wouldn't work for the plastic type (tried, not sure if epoxy would have worked, as we didn't have any at the time).

I have some UV-cured glue for tiny things, superglue for small things and some plastics glue. If I was doing something more "load bearing", I'd probably go out and get some more epoxy.
3 månader sedan
1pt
Ruttsu as Ruttsu
"Am I dumb and this is actually the real name of Krazy glue? (Also any tips on how to repair such a tiny piece of plastic?)"

Krazy glue, super glue, CA glue, are all Cyanoacrylate. Use a needle or something similar to collect the glue on its tip and then apply the smallest amount possible on each surface you want to glue (on the base), just enough to coat the center of each surface without touching the borders, then put the figure in its place and apply a little pressure for a few seconds, and then leave it alone, some glues take seconds and some take minutes to dry, so, don't poke it to see if it's glued ^^ you can do that later.
3 månader sedan
1pt
Same as the others, I would rather recommend cyanoacrylate super glue. For such a small repair, a liquid glue will be cleaner than a gel.
3 månader sedan
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MaritimeBlue (3 månader sedan) #24573457In my experience, super glue is better than epoxy. Epoxy takes forever to dry, is difficult to apply, and smells bad (at least the kind my engineering class used to make a steam engine is.) Plain superglue is pretty easy to work with, but it can and will melt off your paint if it oozes out of the cracks. Don't use full drops- shake it a little to make some bubbles and just pop one bubble on each surface you need to glue. It'll dry really fast since it's hardly anything, so make sure you settle the two pieces together ASAP and hold them in place.
And be careful not to touch it! If your fingers do get glued together, use acetone nail polish remover to help unstick them. You'll still need to pull them apart, but it'll be easier. Make sure you moisturize after, too.
I think the key difference is that epoxy is for extra heavy repair that doesnt need to look any good. I used it for making an engine, which nobody is going to nitpick for appearance. Superglue is better for something that has to look pretty.

You really got scarred by epoxy in class, didn't you? The stuff comes in many flavors, and it sounds like you dealt with an industrial variant. The common household epoxy is more akin to a thin gel that can be applied with a toothpick. They even have clay-like varieties for sculpting, which works well for modding figures.

But like Tom said, in this case the contact points are so small that it wouldn't be taking advantage of epoxy's strength, so it's easier to just use super glue.
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3pt
In my experience, super glue is better than epoxy. Epoxy takes forever to dry, is difficult to apply, and smells bad (at least the kind my engineering class used to make a steam engine is.) Plain superglue is pretty easy to work with, but it can and will melt off your paint if it oozes out of the cracks. Don't use full drops- shake it a little to make some bubbles and just pop one bubble on each surface you need to glue. It'll dry really fast since it's hardly anything, so make sure you settle the two pieces together ASAP and hold them in place.
And be careful not to touch it! If your fingers do get glued together, use acetone nail polish remover to help unstick them. You'll still need to pull them apart, but it'll be easier. Make sure you moisturize after, too.
I think the key difference is that epoxy is for extra heavy repair that doesnt need to look any good. I used it for making an engine, which nobody is going to nitpick for appearance. Superglue is better for something that has to look pretty.
3 månader sedan
2pt
For this small repair, I'd just use super glue. One drop on each leg, and Bob's your uncle.

Try it on a ktichen towel first to see how much glue squirts out with one squeeze. You don't want to drench your figure in glue...
3 månader sedan
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