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Regarding plastic model building, has anyone tried Bob Smith Industries Super Gold and/or Super Gold Plus CA glue? I’m curious if it has the same hold as regular CA glue. They claim it to be odorless and non-irritating to the eyes. Given these features, I assume it will be less toxic as well.
 

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Regarding plastic model building, has anyone tried Bob Smith Industries Super Gold and/or Super Gold Plus CA glue? I’m curious if it has the same hold as regular CA glue. They claim it to be odorless and non-irritating to the eyes. Given these features, I assume it will be less toxic as well.
I have used odorless CA from another mfg,it was ok
 

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Regarding plastic model building, has anyone tried Bob Smith Industries Super Gold and/or Super Gold Plus CA glue? I’m curious if it has the same hold as regular CA glue. They claim it to be odorless and non-irritating to the eyes. Given these features, I assume it will be less toxic as well.
Hello Aer3393,
I am not sure what tasks require to use CA for plastic modeling, but Tamiya made excellent glue\welder. It is like a watter, and can penetrate easy while parts already set in place. It is drys fast and holds strong

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Given these features, I assume it will be less toxic as well.
CA is not really toxic unless you eat it. The smell is not that bad unless you really sniff hard.. LOL. Most all common CA glues will work fine for plastic models. Gel types are good for spot gluing small parts and photo etch. Thin CA is difficult to use but can be done. I would avoid CA glues made for foam and rubber as they tend to expand. For hardcore model builders in the USA I would recommend Zap-a-Gap CA. It comes in various thickness depending on needs. If you are in a hurry, run down to Walmart and get some Loctite Gel CA.

With that said, I am with Jimsky on the Tamiya plastic cement. NOTHING beats this stuff. It literally welds the plastic together in seconds. If you are gluing together two halves of an airplane model, you just touch the brush to the seam and the thin glue runs down the seam and immediately welds as it dries. Amazing stuff. Try it.

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Sounds like it’s more of a comfort issue. That is, the smell. Ill stick with the smelly stuff I have on hand then.
 
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I found CA glues cause me serious cold like allergies. After working with CA for a few hours, not feeling any smell of it I start sneezing and having runny nose till next day. So I try avoiding using CA as much as I can.
I too am afflicted with very adverse reactions to CA. Used some recently and after a few hours gluing photo etch, I started having breathing issues, sneezing coughing etc. Thought it might have been Covid 19! After doing a deep dive on the web I discovered that 5% of the population have this kind of reaction. In the past I'd only used it occasionally. In the future I'll use a mask and try not to work so close to the product.
 
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I found CA glues cause me serious cold like allergies. After working with CA for a few hours, not feeling any smell of it I start sneezing and having runny nose till next day. So I try avoiding using CA as much as I can.
This happens to me too, obviously an allergic reaction, and therefore I have to wear a respirator just to work with it...sigh! Wonder if the odorless type would cause this reaction?
 
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There is no way to avoid using CA glue in my hobby. Now I wear N95 respirator, breathe through mouth only and open window. This seems to work for me now.
 
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There is no way to avoid using CA glue in my hobby. Now I wear N95 respirator, breathe through mouth only and open window. This seems to work for me now.
I have opened a window and run a fan next to window facing outside to pull fumes out of the room, and it seemed to help.
 
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I only Use BSI CA glue on the models I build, but only for things that require an Instant set everything else gets Wood glue. metals get epoxy when soldering isn't an option. I've used other brands in the past and find BSI to be top quality. every glue of the CA type I have ever used was irritating to the eyes if your directly over top of the glue application and the vapor rises to your face. for that reason I use CA glue at arms length. so far I haven't had any other issues with it. my application is micro drops usually applied with a with a tiny wire or needle that I push into the glue tip to pick up the amount I need. rarely do I ever smell the glue when I'm applying it so I've not used any fans or open windows. the odorless glue BSI sells is really good for foam, for sure the best I have ever used for that application. I would suspect no glue is perfectly safe with the exception of Hide glue which I've made lots of over the years, that glue renders from animal hides. it was at a time carpenters glue. Native People used it and sap for gluing way back when.
 
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Guess I'm not the only one with this issue.
My allergic reaction, kinda like cold symptoms, came on slowly, becoming more uncomfortable each time I used it. Seems that repeated exposure was aggravating it. The reaction, however, only seems to happen when I use it to glue wood, not plastic or PE. Working with the kids in Science Olympiad building bridges, we were using both balsa and basswood. I did notice sometimes that a faint whisp of smoke or fume or something would come up from the freshly glued joint, so I assumed it was this that when inhaled was causing the discomfort. It didn't seem to bother any of the kids though. I did mention it to the science teacher. He asked the kids about it and none of them had any problems, as well as himself. He was rather surprised about it. I was exposed more though as I was working with 8 kids, plus doing some experimental work on the bridges at the bench at home as well.
I bought a small, 6 inch diameter fan that I now use, sitting up and about 8 feet behind me, blowing over my shoulder kinda, that takes those fumes away from my face. Just enough to move the air but not blow parts or even paper around on the bench. Seems to work well for me. Since then, when working on wood models, any time I forget to turn on the little fan, I get those same symptoms.

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I watched a you tube video of a guy who builds custom model cars to take to shows. He builds them with Ca because if they get bumped or dropped the glue joint will break instead of the part breaking, which make for easy a quick repair. Tamiya welds the parts, and the part will break instead of the joint breaking.
Food for thought
 
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