Thread: Styrene-to-Pink Foam: how glue?
July 29th, 2009, 02:56 AM #1Confirmed TrainBoard Member
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Styrene-to-Pink Foam: how glue?
Been trying to get some styrene squares down on my pink foam so I can mount caboose handthrows to them.
I cut the foam about 1/8" down (so the handthrow is lowered & under the throwbar, thus reducing the profile of those "catapults").
First I tried CA, which seemed to melt the foam a wee bit.
(Chem is not my strong suit )
Then I used some acryllic caulk, which has been the miracle adhesive everywhere else.
But it doesn't quite seem to be taking.
Worse comes to worse, I'll cut out the rest of the 1 7/8" out of the 2" foam under the square, & attach a 1 3/4" - 1 7/8" piece of wood to the ply base, & mount the handthrow on top of that.
Thanks for yr thoughts!
July 29th, 2009, 03:19 AM #2
You might try Liquid Nails for Projects/Foam. It's available for $3-4 at Home Depot and/or Lowe's. It comes in a 14 oz. cartridge that is used with a caulking gun. It's best to remove the plastic film from the foam board and bond directly to the foam, or the bond will eventually come loose.Hank....I may have to Grow Old, but I Never have to Grow UP!!!
July 29th, 2009, 03:20 AM #3
Latex caulk will do the trick, but it will take a while (days to weeks) to dry between styrene sheet and styrene foam. The foam is slightly porous whereas the sheet is impervious.
If you need a quicker solution, check Lowe's/Menard's/Home Depot/etc. for foam adhesive. Comes in a caulk tube and is made for adhering styrene foam to wood substrates. If it's safe for styrene foam, it should be OK for styrene sheet as well.Todd
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July 29th, 2009, 01:37 PM #4
I don't know if this will affect the foam, but have you tried GOO (see the link below)? It seems to work on a bunch of materials.
July 29th, 2009, 06:14 PM #5
There are foam-friendly impact adhesives available (the type where you put a film on both parts, let it set a while, then push together) which will get round the slow drying of the caulks.
I only have a UK catalogue and the names will probably be different over there, so I can't really help with an actual one to go look for.Mike
July 29th, 2009, 07:10 PM #6
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JET products makes a foam freindly adhesive in the lineup they make. I used it for my Micro-Trains Z-scale track to fasten it to the foam.To Dad, thanks for giving me my love of trains! Green signals, westbound...
July 29th, 2009, 07:14 PM #7
Gorilla Glue will work. Go sparingly - they aren't kidding when they say it will expand 3X. And wipe up anything that oozes out, it's hell to remove once it sets. Paint thinner works, so does charcoal starter, to get it off your hands if you're quick enough.
Then again, water-based contact cement sounds like less grief.
July 29th, 2009, 09:12 PM #8
Although the topic is about gluing styrene to foam; as modelers we also find the need to glue glass (mirrors), rubber, nylon, steel, brass, aluminum, pvc etc. Just wondering if any silicone or epoxy type glues are foam safe. Are they too difficult to cut through once they have cured?
July 29th, 2009, 09:38 PM #9
The easiest way I have found to tell if an adhesive will work with foam, is to look at the label and if you see the word: FLAMMABLE anywhere on the label, DON"T USE IT. I found out the hard way that some types of LIQUID NAILS will NOT work with foamboard. Makes one H*** of a mess and once the reaction starts, it's not going to stop until it wants to! PLEASE don't ask how I know this, the smell alone almost got me divorced!
Look at the label. You are looking for NON-FLAMMABLE somewhere on the label, usually LATEX based and water wash up.
I use adhesive-caulk for almost anything to do with bonding foam to almost anything else.DIESELS?!?!?! We don't need NO stinkin' Diesels!!!!
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July 30th, 2009, 02:45 AM #10
True about the expansion but you can trim off any "overgrowth" with a sharp blade. (My son the attorney advises me to warn you to use due caution and I disclaim any liability for you slicing yourself open...)
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