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    Anyone know an easy way to unglue plastic?

    We all do it- we glue hatches closed, we glue accessories in the wrong place or backwards, etc and only realize it (and regret it) after the glue has dried/cured.

    So, short of getting out a cutting saw or hot knife, does anyone have any tips on how to undo that which we regret doing?
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    RE: Anyone know an easy way to unglue plastic?

    Best thing I have found is acetone, which also happens to be the main ingredient in nail polish remover.

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    RE: Anyone know an easy way to unglue plastic?

    whats the glue? Styrene? Super glue?

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    RE: Anyone know an easy way to unglue plastic?

    If it's super glue, yes. If you used a styrene glue, nope. Depending on the bond, freezing it might loosen the bond, depending on the glue but I doubt it.

    Get a straight blade and have at it.
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    RE: Anyone know an easy way to unglue plastic?

    It depends on how much glue you.ve used, but I've been able to "unglue" styrene by using regular paint thinner. The caveat is that if you let it soak too long, the styrene will become soft and pliable.
    Hope that helps!

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    RE: Anyone know an easy way to unglue plastic?

    Honestly I do not know what kind of glue it is. I was musing about my Sherman (my Christmas present to be), and the previous owner had glued the hatch shut! Dumb schmuck! But I thought I'd post in a general way for everyone's education. For me it may not be a huge issue- I'm thinking of buying a new hull and turret so I can leave the original alone. I like to file and grind too much, and this is a "historical piece"....

    So freezing, acetone, depending on the glue.... any other remedies for this sort of "sticky" situation?
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    RE: Anyone know an easy way to unglue plastic?

    Actually, a replacement turret is fairly cheap from Tamiya. Is it the commaders hatch? Replacement hatches are offered in resin, even a whole new cupola is available from ETO Armor http://www.etoarmour.com/product_det...oductID=PH0011 for under $23.00. There are several ways to go.
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    RE: Anyone know an easy way to unglue plastic?

    ^^^That would be my pick then^^^

    Of course after trying the simple methods as given already.


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