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12-04-2012 08:56 PM  6 years agoPost 1
Kristian M

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Hello!

What type of glue should i use on my old Schlüter and X-Cell canopys? Will regular CA glue do the job?

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12-04-2012 11:10 PM  6 years agoPost 2
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Which Glue for Old Canopy's
Cyano will ruin any canopy! It will fog the canopy if you accidently use a little to much, or use kicker. It is also why they will crack along the seam. Cyano has no flexibility, unless you get that special kind.

I have been using Zap products goo, and E-6000 eclectic glue for years to glue canopy's. E-6000 seems to be superior. It will bond disimilar materials together for years with no problems. It is however very slow to full cure. (24-36hours) It is best to clean the surface to be bonded, with solvent, and then rough with a piece of fine sandpaper,like 220 wet or dry. It also needs to clamped until fully cured. It will also be removable before curing without damage to the canopy if you use to much.

The way I do it, is to leave a wider flange than what is desired for the finished product, like 3/8". It is easier to clamp this way without sqeezing all the glue out. Do not run a bead of glue that will cover the entire flange, as it is not necessary. When it is FULLY CURED, you can trim the flange to about 3/16" or a little less.

If there is lots of excess plastic on the flange area before you start, it can be cut by scoring with X-acto knife, and then bending for a clean break.

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12-04-2012 11:20 PM  6 years agoPost 3
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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Have you tried Pacer 560 canopy glue?

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12-05-2012 03:11 AM  6 years agoPost 4
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White glue won't work. Like slickporsche says use E6000 or Goop, no CA. Clamp the canopy together using black office clamps. Sand the faces where the glue is applied with 240 or 360 grit, apply E6000, let it skin over and then join the halves. Align carefully looking all over including the inside to maintain alignment. The flange needs to be at least 1/4" or wider when you glue it together. Once it dries finish the edge with a belt sander and then finish sand to round the edges and then paint on the outside.

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12-05-2012 12:08 PM  6 years agoPost 5
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Which glue for old canopys?
Canopy glue works "ok" for some items, but E-6000 Is what I use for airplane canopy's also. I also paint my can o pee's with automotive vinyl paint, on the inside, and the good stuff won't rub off like the crap they make for R/C car bodies. It becomes part of the Polycarbonate Can O' Pee. I painted the last one on the outside however, with "House of Color" shimrin colors, and then "House of Color" Urethane clear, and hardener. Oh yeah, it will with stand up to 80% nitro. Try that mix in your 3D machine. You could then have a "Top Fuel Heli".

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12-14-2012 05:35 AM  5 years agoPost 6
chuck nowell

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thin ca,work's on all schluter ,gmp,and x-cell canopys.dad used it for years.

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12-14-2012 05:47 AM  5 years agoPost 7
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Dad used it for years
Yes, and you can use a ten pound mall to install a panel nail. Read my posts above. I cannot remember all the canopies that were ruined by using Ca on them. I still have the opportunity to see canopies that are split from the use of very rigid CA glue.

Remember, if you use CA, there is no room for error. I know that CA is used for nearly everything, but that does not make it correct or ideal for whatever use it is being used for.

TO each his own!

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12-14-2012 05:52 AM  5 years agoPost 8
chuck nowell

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if you do it properly it works fine.it can be a mess.X-cell even states to use ca in there building instructions.it will not work with the newer canopys.

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12-14-2012 08:14 AM  5 years agoPost 9
jbiter

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Amazing Goop works great for me. It's available at most hardware stores

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12-14-2012 01:23 PM  5 years agoPost 10
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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I have damaged many canopies with CA glue. The two should never meet.

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12-14-2012 10:07 PM  5 years agoPost 11
airplanejunkie

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Never to CA!
Any of the fine canopy glues are the best choice. Rc-56 is my adhesive of choice. In all my years as a modeler (56) CA is not the right choice for canopy bonding. Thanks, Dave

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12-15-2012 04:51 PM  5 years agoPost 12
madgadget

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I wonder if tech-bond ca is less destructive than mainstream ca??
ruined a canopy or two before turning to goop or shoe goo.

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04-29-2013 05:43 PM  5 years agoPost 13
mundo330

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Sticky Solutions!
I have used CA successfully but usually used E6000 or similar adhesive. One more note, If you paint the outside with automotive or similar paint, use some of the left over trim from the canopy and cut 1" x 3/4" strips and clue them strategically to the inside of the canopy seam. This will strengthen the seam and keep it from separating from removal and installation. I would also use a piece of trim plastic at the mount point on the Superiors to keep the lexan from splitting when you tighten the thumb-screws down.

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