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#1 OFFLINE   LAFerrari

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Posted 17 December 2018 - 07:47 AM

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I have a problem with my Lexus LC500, the rear view mirror came loose from the car.
And i have no idea how to fix this, it is a clean break so i should be able to glue it back on to the car, the problem is i have no idea how i should support the mirror while the glue is curing.
I hope someone are able to help me.
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Posted 17 December 2018 - 08:26 AM

I usually use a tiny drop of superglue and it sticks on with ease. Since there's a hole where part of the mirror goes in, even with regular glue that would be enough to keep it in place. Usually you need to hold it in place for 2-3 minutes and then the glue sets enough to keep it there with no problems. Another possibility is to use glue for plastic kits from Revell for example. They too hold tiny pieces in place with no problems and cure very fast.
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Posted 17 December 2018 - 08:43 AM

I would avoid super glue. I've had times where a part slips out of my hand and lands on the paint. Since it's super glue the paint is basically destroyed. Used forceps - same thing. The part slips out and flies. Then you have other dangers like forgetting that you have the super glue in your hand and touching the tip against the paint. Trust me, just use some kind of benign means like a white wood glue or what you could even do is take a pin vise and drill holes in both the mirror stalk and the car. Then take a thin rod and simply use it to connect the two together.
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Posted 17 December 2018 - 04:32 PM

I might be wrong here, but in order to use the "Revell" glue i think i need to remove the paint otherwise the glue will not adhere to the surface.
I have tried to use it without removing the paint  and it ´s not working.
If i need to strip the paint i need to repaint the car and i have never done that.

Would ordinary wood glue work on a plastic surface?
Or is the surface to slippery?

Maybe it´s better to buy a new car :gaah: .

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Posted 17 December 2018 - 04:48 PM

Just use a touch of bob smith gold glue. No need to strip paint or anything, honestly.

Make sure the mirror and mounting point is clean, put a dab of glue onto some cardboard etc. and use a toothpick to dab a tiny bit onto the mounting point, this method will ensure you don't get glue running down the door. Get the mirror in place, you will have to hold it there for a minute or so for the glue to grab after which you leave it alone for a couple of hours and it'll be fully cured.

If you're still worried, apply masking tape to the door so that if there is an accident, the tape will protect your door.

The Bob smith gold glue is good enough for this I'd say but there's also the even stronger pink one but be very careful with that one as once it's on, it ain't coming off!

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Posted 17 December 2018 - 09:42 PM

The glue may fix it but it won’t be nearly as strong as before. I had this problem and fixed it once for all by installing a dowel between the door and the mirror. I drilled into both side with special tiny drill bits and cut the dowel (basically a rod) out of a steel wire. I inserted and glued everything back in place with CA glue. Strength garanteed close to original. To be done only if you have skills and a steady hand.

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Posted 17 December 2018 - 11:32 PM

Morgan, sorry to see this sort of thing happen. :sad:  Since the model is completely plastic, you could get away with using Instant glue as well :nice: seriously one really good advantage about ABS plastic, you can also use model kit glues :eusa_clap: :yahoo: ...BUT, make sure that you mask off the surrounding area to avoid it turning white from glue residue. Please let us know what you decided and how it turned out :occasion14:

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Posted 18 December 2018 - 02:15 AM

I've used the Revell Contacta on plastic models, including painted ones, with no issues. I even glued glass with it recently lol. Maybe I am just lucky with the materials :D Honestly, since it's such a tiny hole, I think a small drop of glue and holding the mirror in place for 2-3 minutes will be enough. I've had bad luck with several mirrors like that, fixed them all with no issues.
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Posted 18 December 2018 - 11:43 AM

Hi all.
Thanks for the advice.
The black thing on the door blade is actually not a hole it´s protruding from the bodywork but i can´t find the matching hole in the mirror :dunno: .
I have to get out and see if i can find "Bob smith gold glue" somwhere.
I let you know how this might work out.

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Posted 19 December 2018 - 06:01 AM

To do it properly you need a new stalk going into the door. Do you have tools?

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Posted 19 December 2018 - 11:46 AM

Hi all.
I could not find "Bob smith gold glue" somewhere, the closest thing i can find is "Loc tite" but there is so many variants to choose from so i am not sure which one to go with.
A few of them are supposed to be for plastic but it don´t specify what kind of plastic it is intended for.
I think that this glue is the same as the "Bob smith" but i am not sure.

These are the glue types i have at hand right now:

Revell Professional

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This one works for resin models and plastic model kits but it not so good for painted models because it will not adhere to the surface

The other glue is Bostik Superchiaro:

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This one also works for resin models, but i have not tried it with ABS plastic models.
It cures fast but it leaves residue.

Guiddy, no i don´t have either the tools or the knowledge to fix this.
If i manage to fix the mirror i will most likely damage something else in the process.

I will probably look for a new model instead.

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Posted 20 December 2018 - 01:49 AM

I use this one, including on painted kits to fix things that have fallen off, no issues so far. It just dries a little slow, so you have to hold the part in place for a few minutes. Yours seems pretty much the same, but in a different tube.

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