Adhesives

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  • Adhesives
    • Polyvinyl Acetate (PVA)
      • Permanent
      • Strong
      • Hardwearing
      • Non-Toxic
      • Relatively Inexpensive
      • Excellent at adhering porous materials
      • Readily Available
    • Epoxy Resin
      • Very strong
      • Hard-wearing
      • Resistant to heat and solvent attack
      • Excellent at adhering a range of materials
      • Readily available in hardware and art suppliers
      • Requires preparation for use
      • Can be messy if not used carefully
      • Cannot easily be removed when set
      • Relatively Inexpensive
      • Must be used in a well ventilated environment
    • Spray Glue
      • Easy to apply
      • Accurate
      • Excellent at avoiding smears, runs and tears
      • Relatively Inexpensive
      • Readily Available
      • Can only be used on lightweight materials
      • Can be messy if not used correctly
      • Not permanent
      • Must be used in a well ventilated area
    • Hot Melt Glue
      • Easily Applied
      • Joins a variety of materials
      • Requires limited preparation
      • Joins uneven surfaces
      • Available in a range of colours
      • Relatively Inexpensive
      • Can only  be used for lightweight materials
      • Can be messy if not used carefully
      • Not permanent
      • Can cause injury if missused
      • Must be used in a well ventilated environment
    • Tensol Cement
      • Permanent
      • Equivalent to the welding of metals
      • Extremely Strong
      • Invisible Finishes
      • Weatherproof
      • Non-porous
      • Only for use on thermoplastics
      • Can be messy if not used correctly
      • Must be used in a well ventilated environment
    • Adhesive Tape
      • Easy to apply
      • Available in a range of colours and sizes
      • Available with a variety of catalysts
      • Easily Removable
      • Readily Available
      • Not Permanent
      • Degrades in Time
      • Relatively Weak
      • Can be removed accidentally
      • Can fail after repeated use
      • Visible
    • Polystyrene Cement
      • Toxic fumes
      • Must be used in a well ventilated environment
      • Dissolves Plastics
      • Can only be used for rigid polystyrene eg. injection mould kits
      • May take a long time to dry depending on amount and viscosity
      • May damage surface detail if misused
      • Available from modelling, hardware and art suppliers
      • Come is three degrees of thickness to suit different purposes
      • Very strong bonds
      • Equivalent of the welding of metals
      • Can be applied using a brush
      • Relatively expensive

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