Re: What is CA Accelerator made of.......?

in article oSV_a.96572$, N.O.Y.F.B. at wrote on 8/14/03 7:32 PM:

I looked at a few bottles and all it says is alcohol (?) and some kinda > amine (?) > > Just figured it was a common thing and I could brew some up myself........ > > > TIA > >

It is usually 1,1,1-Trichloroethane, also known as methyl chloroform, it is a colorless liquid with a sweet, sharp odor. It is a manufactured chemical that does not occur naturally. It is used as a solvent for adhesives and in metal degreasing, pesticides, textile processing, cutting fluids, aerosols, lubricants, cutting oil formulations, drain cleaners, shoe polishes, spot cleaners, printing inks, and strain repellents. In industry, it is widely used for cold-cleaning, dip cleaning, bucket cleaning, and vapor degreasing operations of items such as precision instruments, molds, electrical equipment, motors, electronic components and instruments, missile hardware, paint masks, photographic film, printed circuit boards, generators, switchgears, semiconductors, and high vacuum equipment, fabrics, and wigs. It is used in the electronics industry in circuit board fabrication and in the semi-conductor industry for secondary cleaning. It is also used for on-site cleaning of printing presses, food packaging machinery, and molds.

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CA Accelerator is an amine derivative that is strongly polar, ie one side of the molecule is positively charged and the other side is negatively charged. Another strong polar solvent is water and this is how super glue sets, as soon as it comes in contact with water it goes off. Try gluing two plastic parts and touch the glue with your finger, the parts will stick to your finger rather than to each other, ther reason is the water on your skin.

Another trick I have found is that if you mix acrylic paint with super glue it sets quickly, but not as quick as commercial accelerator. This is useful if you mix dark earth with super glue and quickly apply it to your armour models, you have instant and realistic looking mud on the model.

Tim Brimelow

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