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Old 02-18-2020, 08:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Not sure if this is the correct subforum for these questions. Did a search but didn't see an answer.

I bought a bunch of used plastic building facades. I think they are made of resin. They are exactly what I was looking for but a couple came apart during shipment. What is the best glue to stick them back together? The Piko glue doesn't work.

Also, a couple of them are a little warped so they lean forward. Is there a way to get them flat again? Such as can they be warmed up on a wax paper covered cookie sheet and put in the oven? If so, what is the right temperature for this without melting them? Is there a better, safer, way?

Lastly, is there an easy way to cut resin? The facades are solid pieces 1/4-1/2" thick. I want to cut out the windows and light them from behind. If it were wood I would use a Dremel but I think these would melt and not work right.

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Old 02-19-2020, 04:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Clubber,
Of course the question is what kind of resin?
We probably don't know, but I think most are more or less the same.
I have had success using a hair dryer, or heat gun, to gently heat the item until it just starts to go a little limp.
At that point if it has a 'flat' surface, put that side down on something flat until it cools and hardens.
If it is still not quite right, you can try again.
Don't over heat as I have actually stretched some parts out of shape.
As far as glue is concerned, I don't know what PIKO glue is, but I assume it is to glue injection molded plastic parts together, so probably needs to melt the plastic to join.
I don't think that resin can work that way, so either a CA or epoxy might be best.
For cutting out the windows, try the dremel in the middle of the window to see what happens. Not too fast a speed, and try not to breath in the dust, should work enough to use a file to get the corners nice and square.
Have fun and let us know how it goes.
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Thank you.
I am not sure what type of resin, or if it is resin. There are stickers on the back which say Copyright 1998 G. Bishop. Only thing I know as the seller bought them used.
I have tried soaking it in almost boiling water in a large cookie sheet but it doesn't seem to be hot enough.
I guess I will try the hot gun on low.
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Old 02-19-2020, 07:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You might try some variation of the Flattening Warped Vinyl Records technique.
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