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Another glue (solvent cement) question

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Ya can never have enough chemicals, I say. But enough is enough, so I am posing this question, which I copied and pasted from my "Not a door" post, which not many may see.

Anyway, I have been experimenting with various solvent cements. That wasn't my intention (I have work to do), but when I tried a new (to me) one compared with what I had been using, I thought, "Dang, I like that stuff!" Then I tried my trusty old MEK and found that for certain things--like attaching my mullions to the window frames--it worked real good too. Then I saw a MLS post where somebody swore by Testors (the kind in the little squeezy bottle that looks like a miniature oil can). And there's the liquid stuff in a little can I got from Russ at TAP. Suffice to say, my mind is boggled. Or is it the methylethylketone or the trichloromethane talking? /DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/crazy.gif

BTW, we're talking about styrene, acrylic, and other plastics. Not wood, so don't tell me about Eileen's Tacky Glue or Elmer's Yellow or whatever. We live in termite country, so no wood. Besides, if I gotta destroy the environment, I'd rather save a tree, even if I'm contributing to pollution by using petroleum-based products and related chemicals, which may also be destroying the ozone layer. /DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/tongue.gif

BTW Part II: Do ya know what Trichloromethane is? Ether! No wonder I was feeling so mellow as I worked on my store project. /DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/hehe.gif
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Joe,
A note on the Ether. It will crystalize over time usually around the lid seal. When it crystalizes it is EXPLOSIVE. So although it is a great adhesive for plastics please keep only small amounts on hand. If you have to get it in containers you can't use up in a year (to err on the safe side) share with fellow modelers,split the cost of a can and watch for changes in what you have. Look up the MSDS sheet for more information.
Dave
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