You really want the kind labeled "Small Projects", and the label is red, not
maroon. This kind does not react with foam or plastic products, and is
intended to be permanent. The water soluble kind might cause problems when
you ballast your track. Note I am assuming you are going for a permanent
layout here. The 4 oz tube looks like a tube of toothpaste only a tad
bigger. It comes on a card. You can also get it in the big cardboard tube
meant to be used with a caulk gun, but this is not what you want for track
To apply it, hold the opening flat against the cork, and while squeezing
gently, move the tube along the roadbed. It will take some practice, but
you should get a very thin layer of glue - almost transparent. If you have
done it right it will be a good width for N or Z track, and you will not
need to smooth it out with a tool or make a second pass. That is all you
need to hold down track. There is no way to get it thin enough or even
enough with the caulk gun sized tube.
By the way, I usually knead the tube for a minute before using the top of
the cap to pierce the opening (unscrew the cap, turn it around, and twist).
Even then the first little bit to come out is sometimes separated, so you
may want to have a plastic disposable dish handy to squeeze out the goo at
he top. The cement is beige, not clear, so if there is clear goo at the
top, definitely squeeze this out and discard it.
This also works for laying cork or foam roadbed to your substrate. If you
have not put roadbed in place yet, I recommend this same glue. I can lay a
3' piece of cork roadbed in less than a minute, and rarely need pins or
weights. Use a J roller (in the wallpaper department) to apply a gentle
smoothing pressure to set the cement. With Z radius curves and foam
roadbed, I found am occasional T pin or two was helpful, and some small
weights to hold the ends down made for a flatter surface. For track, I only
needed pins for flex, but then I needed a lot of them.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: d.f.avila@... [mailto:d.f.avila@...]
> Sent: Saturday, July 31, 2004 4:40 PM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: RE: [z_scale] GLUE for TRACK
> Thanks. I went to Home Depot yesterday and discovered about
> 6 types of Liquid Nails. "Cove Base"/Maroon lable is what I
> got mainly because it was water soluble. Is this what you
> meant by "red Lable" or is "Small Projects" the type similar
> to "cove base"?? The Woodland Scenics was just a test I
> tried several weeks ago but no one has mentioned it before.
> If "cove Base" is wrong I'll go back and get "Small
> Projects". How do you squirt it out if you don't use a
> caulking gun ?? ..and how do you clean up ??
> -------------- Original message from "Dale Wiese" : --------------
> > Don,
> > I have been using Liquid Nails with good results. You want
> to use the
> > small
> > 4 oz tubes, not the big caulk gun sized tubes. They make
> several types. I
> > use the red label "Small Projects" type for gluing
> cork/foam roadbed to a
> > wood or foam base, and track to the roadbed. I have been
> using this for
> > about 10 years now, first on my N scale layout, and more
> recently on my
> > wife's Z layout.
> > Use a very thin bead - if it oozes up above the ties there
> is too much
> > glue.
> > With care, track fastened this way can be removed with a
> small putty knife,
> > even years later. Try to let turnouts float, with no glue
> under them.
> > Dale
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: zbarr474 [mailto:d.f.avila@...]
> > > Sent: Saturday, July 31, 2004 2:49 PM
> > > To: email@example.com
> > > Subject: [z_scale] GLUE for TRACK
> > >
> > >
> > > Does anyone have an opinion of using WOODLAND SCENICS "Foam Tack
> > > Glue" for gluing Z Scale track to Cork ?? On a test it
> seems O.K. -
> > > - in fact down right tenatious, but I don't know what happens
> > > after "1,000 years". If your comment is not good, do you have a
> > > suggested way ??
> > >
> > > Many thanks.
> > >
> > > ...don
> > >
> > >
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