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Fixing Warped Resin Parts

Discussion in 'Painting Techniques' started by Kandor8, Nov 30, 2005.

  1. Kandor8 Active Member

    Hey folks,
    How do you unwarp resin parts, like gun barrels? I have the New Order set of 120mm BARs and a few have warped barrels :( . Would evenly applied heat work?
  2. btavis Active Member

    Your best bet is to submerge it in hot water until it is soft enough to bend without breaking and once straightened immerse it in cold water so it stiffens.
  3. bonehead A Fixture

    Bob is right here.

    However, long thin bits of resin like gun barrels or sword blades or scabbards are notoriously dimensionally unstable. Although you can straighten out the parts with heat, over time, they often resume their wobbly ways.

    Unfortunately there is only one permanent way to fix this problem. That is to replace the offending parts with something more stable like plastic or metal. This may not be as difficult as it sounds if you think it through. In the case of gun barrels you can simply use brass rod or similar for the main part of the barrel and then drill through the more detailed parts (such as stocks and muzzles), then attach them with cyanoacrylate glue.

    This work can be fussy but it is worthwhile when you see those wobbly parts able to stand the test of time........

  4. quang Active Member

    Hello Ric,

    I'd also like to add that cured resin as a 'memory'.

    You can straighten the part out, it would look great for a while but in the end it will revert to its initial (warped) state. :eek:

    Best solution is to discard the offending part and replace with metal tubing as per Mike's suggestion.

  5. garyjd Well-Known Member

    Great tips guys. I guess the stuff has a mind of it's on and a fix can in a lot of ways be temporary at best.~Gary
  6. Kandor8 Active Member

    Thanks for your input guys! I'll try a bit of heat but won't count on it, I've brass rods standing by.
    Ric ;)

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