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  • k5est
    Hi gang, Hope to get some direction on using glue to laminate some plexiglass for a HB bug. The lamination is for part of the arm and finger knob pieces. Being
    Message 1 of 6 , Oct 2, 2008
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      Hi gang,

      Hope to get some direction on using glue to
      laminate some plexiglass for a HB bug. The
      lamination is for part of the arm and finger
      knob pieces. Being able to sand down/smooth
      the plex after the glue job is very important.

      I have tried expoxy (too many bubbles), contact
      cement (which looks best), and acetone (bubbles
      again). Acetone is supposed to do the melting
      of the plastic but it is cloudy and looks.....
      ....well, you know!

      The plex pieces were given to me and are 1/4 to
      3/8 inches thick, so its glue time.

      Thanks for your thoughts?

      73....Walter - K5EST
    • w9ya@qrparci.net
      Hey Walter and the gang; A *good* (well-stocked) hobby store should be able to offer advice and product to accomplish what you want. Often there will be
      Message 2 of 6 , Oct 2, 2008
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        Hey Walter and the gang;

        A *good* (well-stocked) hobby store should be able to offer advice and
        product to accomplish what you want. Often there will be examples,
        sometimes hanging from the ceilings, of the results you can expect.

        BTW, this was a good question !

        Vy 72;

        Bob
        w9ya



        > Hi gang,
        >
        > Hope to get some direction on using glue to
        > laminate some plexiglass for a HB bug. The
        > lamination is for part of the arm and finger
        > knob pieces. Being able to sand down/smooth
        > the plex after the glue job is very important.
        >
        > I have tried expoxy (too many bubbles), contact
        > cement (which looks best), and acetone (bubbles
        > again). Acetone is supposed to do the melting
        > of the plastic but it is cloudy and looks.....
        > ....well, you know!
        >
        > The plex pieces were given to me and are 1/4 to
        > 3/8 inches thick, so its glue time.
        >
        > Thanks for your thoughts?
        >
        > 73....Walter - K5EST
        >
        >
      • Richard Meiss
        Hi, All - When I have had to glue smooth (polished) surfaces of Lucite together, I have found chloroform to work very well. Even with clear lucite there is no
        Message 3 of 6 , Oct 2, 2008
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          Hi, All -

               When I have had to glue smooth (polished) surfaces of Lucite together, I have found chloroform to work very well.  Even with clear lucite there is no sign of the bond between the two surfaces.  If the surfaces are not quite smooth, or if they are uneven, you can make a glue of lucite "sawdust" or filings dissolved in choroform until a syrupy consistence is reached.  Not sure where you can get chloroform - from the drugstore, maybe?

              73 de Rich, WB9LPU


          -----Original Message-----
          From: w9ya@...
          Sent: Oct 2, 2008 12:16 PM
          To: cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com
          Subject: Re: [cw_bugs] HB plex bug

          Hey Walter and the gang;

          A *good* (well-stocked) hobby store should be able to offer advice and
          product to accomplish what you want. Often there will be examples,
          sometimes hanging from the ceilings, of the results you can expect.

          BTW, this was a good question !

          Vy 72;

          Bob
          w9ya

          > Hi gang,
          >
          > Hope to get some direction on using glue to
          > laminate some plexiglass for a HB bug. The
          > lamination is for part of the arm and finger
          > knob pieces. Being able to sand down/smooth
          > the plex after the glue job is very important.
          >
          > I have tried expoxy (too many bubbles), contact
          > cement (which looks best), and acetone (bubbles
          > again). Acetone is supposed to do the melting
          > of the plastic but it is cloudy and looks.....
          > ....well, you know!
          >
          > The plex pieces were given to me and are 1/4 to
          > 3/8 inches thick, so its glue time.
          >
          > Thanks for your thoughts?
          >
          > 73....Walter - K5EST
          >
          >

        • Walter - K5EST
          GM Bob and Gang, Bob, thanks for the Hobby Shop idea. There are none close to me so next time I go in towards the city I will have a list of them to visit.
          Message 4 of 6 , Oct 3, 2008
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            GM Bob and Gang,

            Bob, thanks for the Hobby Shop idea. There are none
            close to me so next time I go in towards the city
            I will have a list of them to visit. That would do
            me good to see what is new in the hobby cars/planes/
            trains etc. that would be of use in ham radio and
            building gear.

            Happy Friday....73....Walter - K5EST 
          • Walter - K5EST
            ............................... .......top reply........... .............................. Hi Richard......Mr. RotoBug (great stuff) OK will look for some
            Message 5 of 6 , Oct 3, 2008
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              ...............................
              .......top reply...........
              ..............................

              Hi Richard......Mr. RotoBug (great stuff)

              OK will look for some chloroform. They will probably make
              me sign for nearly anything that is not distilled water!
              Thanks for your fix idea!

              Happy Friday....73....Walter - K5EST





              --- On Thu, 10/2/08, Richard Meiss <wb9lpu@...> wrote:
              From: Richard Meiss <wb9lpu@...>
              Subject: Re: [cw_bugs] HB plex bug
              To: cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com, cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com
              Date: Thursday, October 2, 2008, 11:56 AM

              Hi, All -

                   When I have had to glue smooth (polished) surfaces of Lucite together, I have found chloroform to work very well.  Even with clear lucite there is no sign of the bond between the two surfaces.  If the surfaces are not quite smooth, or if they are uneven, you can make a glue of lucite "sawdust" or filings dissolved in choroform until a syrupy consistence is reached.  Not sure where you can get chloroform - from the drugstore, maybe?

                  73 de Rich, WB9LPU

               

            • Bill
              I use shoe goo. It is like a clear rubber cement, but dries harder. I have used it on clear plastics before with no discoloration. This stuff has another
              Message 6 of 6 , Oct 9, 2008
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                I use shoe goo. It is like a clear rubber cement, but dries harder. I
                have used it on clear plastics before with no discoloration. This
                stuff has another benefit, you can get remove it if you need to. I
                used it to glue some plexiglass to a piece of corian for a HB key. I
                scrapped that key out and the shoo goo came right off and I reused the
                corian again. Give it a try, it is good stuff to have around the shack.
                73, Bill NT9K
                http://www.nt9k.com


                --- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com, "k5est" <k5est@...> wrote:
                >
                > Hi gang,
                >
                > Hope to get some direction on using glue to
                > laminate some plexiglass for a HB bug. The
                > lamination is for part of the arm and finger
                > knob pieces. Being able to sand down/smooth
                > the plex after the glue job is very important.
                >
                > I have tried expoxy (too many bubbles), contact
                > cement (which looks best), and acetone (bubbles
                > again). Acetone is supposed to do the melting
                > of the plastic but it is cloudy and looks.....
                > ....well, you know!
                >
                > The plex pieces were given to me and are 1/4 to
                > 3/8 inches thick, so its glue time.
                >
                > Thanks for your thoughts?
                >
                > 73....Walter - K5EST
                >
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