Gluing down Mylar???

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luke strawwalker

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Can you use white glue to glue Mylar onto the outside of a rocket?? I want to put some mylar decorations on a project I'm working on...

If not what WOULD you use??

Thanks for any info! OL JR

powderburner

Well-Known Member
White or yellow water-based glues might work. I'll be interested to hear your results, after the rocket spends a day or two in the sun.

I would have started with 3M-type spray-on contact cement. That stuff seems to stick anything to anything.

Pat_B

Well-Known Member
Some guys on the US Spacemodeling team use Mylar on the outside of their rockets. They use finishing epoxy. However, it is very difficult to get a perfectly smooth finish, and temperature changes will put wrinkles in it.

H_Rocket

Death by Powerpoint
Try 3M type 77 spray adhesive.

luke strawwalker

Well-Known Member
White or yellow water-based glues might work. I'll be interested to hear your results, after the rocket spends a day or two in the sun.

I would have started with 3M-type spray-on contact cement. That stuff seems to stick anything to anything.

That sounds like a good idea... I've been meaning to give that stuff a try anyway...

Thanks guys! OL JR

kjohnson

mox nix
When you spray make sure you have a nice covered area for the overspray. You want a nice light coating of the adhesive all over the surface.

kj

Micromeister

Micro Craftman/ClusterNut
TRF Supporter
Like all the other replys if it's a new applications 3m 77 is what I use.

if it's a corner lift or something on an existing application I wick in a tiny amount of thin CA under the lift and roll the mylar back to the corner with a tiny piece of paper towel spayed with accelerator as the squeegee.

H_Rocket

Death by Powerpoint
When you spray make sure you have a nice covered area for the overspray. You want a nice light coating of the adhesive all over the surface.

Also invert the can and clean out the nozzle when done. It is very easy to turn a $17 can of spray adhesive to a paperweight. luke strawwalker Well-Known Member Also invert the can and clean out the nozzle when done. It is very easy to turn a$17 can of spray adhesive to a paperweight.
Thanks for the tips, guys... I appreciate it!

I decided to go for the $2.97 cent piece of gold trim monokote instead of messing around with the spray adhesive... I might try it some other time for a different project... like wraps or something. I'll have to remember to invert the can and clean the nozzle as suggested. Man,$17 a can, they ARE proud of that stuff aren't they?? I thought 3M "Super 77" was like \$7 a can at W/M... thought that was high enough... LOL

Later! OL JR

FatBoy

Random Part-time Hobbyist
I used white glue to glue these pieces of mylar balloon to my Estes Oulander - but then I was intentionally going for the crinkled foil insulation look. If I wanted it to be flat I probably would have used the 3M Spray - but I also like your Monokote solution.

luke strawwalker

Well-Known Member
Hehehe... great minds think alike...

That's EXACTLY what I was saving this stuff for... Looks EXACTLY like the crinkly foil insulation on the LEM! This window pattern was just sort of a happy accident...

That looks VERY cool by the way! I've been thinking of 'cloning' this kit using cardstock, ping-pong ball fuel tanks (more realistic than the cylindrical ones) and the foil mylar insulation... maybe overcome a few shortcomings of the kit... OL JR

MarkH

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Oops, I meant to start a new thread.

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