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Undoing old glue

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Q: Has anyone developed a chemical or other reliable method, aside from prying, that will undo old glues (like yellow Testor's) commonly used and abused back in the 1960s?

- Jim Lindsay
via E-mail

Ken: Tube glues were substantially abused by many back in the 1960s, and the results can haunt us to this day. Unless we're careful, disassembly of an old built-up model can be an exercise in frustration that may end up in a pile of broken plastic.

In this case, one of the most effective solutions is also one of the most low-tech: Simply place the model you wish to take apart in the freezer.

After a bit, the glue and plastic will become brittle to a point where, when it's carefully flexed, the offending glue joint should pop apart. You may still have to do some prying and judicious slicing of a joint or two, but the process will be much easier if the model is cold.

Thanks for the question, Jim. We hope this helps.

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