Help needed with Cracking?

Stencil

Well-Known Member
So I had an artist put together my gremlin which can be seen in it's entirety on my prop collection page, but today when I was looking at it, I think I noticed two cracks (?).

I'm not an artist or that handy really, so I'm wondering what can/should be done.

The shipping out to the artist was 70 dollars last time so sending it back isn't really an option. Of course, I could do it I guess. But is/are there any quick fixes?

Will it get worse? It's not really on a stressed piece, but it is on the same place on each shoulder.

I attached two pics. Any help would be awesome. Thanks so much. You all rock!!!
 

Stencil

Well-Known Member
It's a plastic resin model. The artist replied back to an email and suggested what he said was an easy fix. He said I should get a thick cyanoacrylate(ca)glue from a hobby store and an accelerator. He said that I should put a thin amount along the seam,spread it as thin with my finger,press together(gently), and then hit it with accelerator. Does this sound like it would be a good fix everyone?
 

dwarf

New Member
No I don,t think so if you use it wrong the accelerator will make the cyanoacrylate turn out white
 

klamathpro

New Member
Don't use CA. It will turn white. And you finger will stick to it! That was crazy stupid advise. If it's a visual crack only, use something safer like Elmer's if you only want to fill it with your finger. If it's structural, try a toothpick and clear epoxy.
 

Robiwon

Master Member
Gone but not forgotten.
I would take some clear five minute epoxy and mix in a little acrylic paint. Mix it until you get as close a match to the paint job as you can. Take a toothpick or something small and fill the crack in. Do not squeeze together. Should be almost impossible to see if you mix the color right.

The problem with putting any type of glue in there and then squeezing it together is that it is going to squish the glue out and leave a ridge of glue sticking up. That would requre sanding and repainting. Plus, depending on what glue was used it could damage the existing paint.
 

Laser Brain

Sr Member
If it were me, I'd squirt some super-runny CA in it, activate it, clean up the join and repaint. If you don't want to do any repaint, then like the others said....don't use CA.
 

msisaac

Member
I would take some clear five minute epoxy and mix in a little acrylic paint. Mix it until you get as close a match to the paint job as you can. Take a toothpick or something small and fill the crack in. Do not squeeze together. Should be almost impossible to see if you mix the color right.

The problem with putting any type of glue in there and then squeezing it together is that it is going to squish the glue out and leave a ridge of glue sticking up. That would requre sanding and repainting. Plus, depending on what glue was used it could damage the existing paint.
Completely agree with this advice. Go to your nearest home improvement center and pick up some 5 minute epoxy. That stuff is ridiculously strong (like 2500 pounds/sq inch) and the 5 minute dry time gives you time to mix the paint in to color match as close as possible. I've used this method to repair a shattered Superman statue I had bought and you can't even see the cracks any longer.
 
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