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 Posted: Sun Dec 15th, 2013 11:23 pm
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Any advice on how to fix down polystyrene to be used for building up scenery area. Once I have it fixed I want to attach stone effect plasticard which will form a retaining wall along side of the railway.
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You can glue the polystyrene down with pva but leave it overnight to set. Fixing the plasticard to it cannot be down using a spirit based contact adhesive as it will melt the polystyrene so again use pva and leave overnight. Should work ok.



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Use a glue gun,it's instant.



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That's grand , pva it is then.
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Sorry John,disregard my comment as i misread polystyrene for plasticard.Copydex would also work and is more rubberised than PVA and is easy to lift if you need to move it.



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spurno wrote:
Use a glue gun,it's instant.

Would hot glue not melt the polystyrene ?



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You can get cool melt guns which I have used with Poly foam, but mainly I used one of the "No Nails" clones, they dry a bit quicker than PVA and you can get non solvent based ones. The main part of my layout is on four 4'x2'x2"  stuck with No Nails stuff to Melamine faced chipboard slavaged from an old wardrobe done in October 2010 it's still rock solid and no signs of being eaten away.



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johnmay wrote: spurno wrote:
Use a glue gun,it's instant.

Would hot glue not melt the polystyrene ?

See post 5.:brickwall



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Seem to remember, in the days when polystyrene ceiling tiles were all the rage, you used to be able to buy tubs of glue specifically for the job.

I would think anything not solvent based would stick polystyrene, such as already mentioned, 'no nails' or a clone, maybe tile and grout, wallpaper paste, or even filler.

I have some to do eventually, but I think I'll try out anything like these I have left over on a test piece, before buying anything else.

(I'm in to re-cycling)



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I have used the £1 shop 'no nails' type glues on polystyrene with no ill effects.  PVA will not give a very strong bond with styrene sheet.  The PVA will hold the styrene in place, but the styrene will probably come away if pulled.  Guess how I know?

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Thanks for the advice guys. I am going to try the £1 ish no nails and see how it goes, so will keep you posted on progress.



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Try Polystyrene coving and cieling tile adhesive. If it holds it up, it should hold it down !

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allan downes wrote:
Try Polystyrene coving and cieling tile adhesive. If it holds it up, it should hold it down !

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Good observation Allan, may give it a try.
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£1 solvent free No Nails worked at treat . Have also been using it to fix some Wills stone sheets on to the side of the polystyrene.
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