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Old 11-04-2009, 05:25 AM   #1
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Default Chassis Prep...Royal F-up on my new Gen-XL

I finally got my new Gen-XL kit in the mail. Opened it with loving care and began sanding it down and making it perfect. When I got to the step to add the CA (letting the bead run down the side)...some of it ran on the chassis face and back. I wiped with a wet cloth ASAP, but it dried so fast it did not come off. Now I have CA streak on top and bottom...

What is the best thing to do to make it look at least half decent. It won't affect perforamce, but man...it's my first new 12th scale in years and I wanted it to be perfect.
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Get some ca remover and remove it from the top of the chassis. Should work perfectly.
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Old 11-04-2009, 05:48 AM   #3
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If you can't find ca remover then acetone will work too.
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One of the reasons why I never prep... if you mess up it looks terrible... you can't beat a nice precision-cut edge on the parts in my opinion!
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i agree. glueing the edge on the chassis is very overated. I have never done it and have had zero problems. yes ca remover will take care of it.
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I usually use black nail polish, just double or triple coat em and make sure to let it dry before applying the next coat, and if you messed up it's an easier clean up. just make sure not to use it o your fingernails, not unless you really want to.
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I used CA on the end of Q-tip for my last chassis. Sealed the edges with a lot less mess. also quicker to do.
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I used CA on the end of Q-tip for my last chassis. Sealed the edges with a lot less mess. also quicker to do.
I think thats a decent idea.
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I used CA on the end of Q-tip for my last chassis. Sealed the edges with a lot less mess. also quicker to do.

found CA in the hardware section at Walmart with a screw-cap and included little brush (like nail polish). WORKS GREAT!
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One of the reasons why I never prep... if you mess up it looks terrible... you can't beat a nice precision-cut edge on the parts in my opinion!

second chassis I ever bought I decided to forgo the advised prep. maiden run in practice I hit a small stone, chassis started to split, was rendered useless in a month. never gone without prepping again, hit plenty of stones and never had a chassis de-laminate again.
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I used CA on the end of Q-tip for my last chassis. Sealed the edges with a lot less mess. also quicker to do.
That's the best way to do it. Just soak the Q-Tip and dab it on a towel to remove the excess glue and run it along the sides of the CF pieces.
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I never glue my edges. When I put my XL togather I sanded every graphite part top and bottom. I use a piece of 240 grit sandpaper and a granite surface plate (tweek board will work too). Mine has a very dull finish, but it is FLAT!
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My usual method is the Q-tip soaked in CA. However, I tried the method of letting it run down the side from the CRC web site...did not work

The nail polish remover did not work.

It looks like ass, but it will work. The electronics will hide the top. I'll craft a sticker or something for the bottom. Next time..Q-tip only!
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A lot of newer nail polish remover no longer has acetone in them. You need to make sure to get one that still has acetone. Or just go to your local hardware store and get straight acetone.
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Personally I've never been able to get the q-tip method to work. For me it dries too fast and leaves fibers stuck to the sides of the chassis. And for some reason I get a chemical reaction with the q-tip that emits a white vapor.
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