Health Hazards of Solvent Glues Commonly used for Building R2
posting the following information so that R2 Builders, particularly
ones that are involvong younger children, are aware of the potential
hazards of the cements typically used.
I can't recommend anything. I'm posting these links so you can educate yourself and make a decision about what's best for your build.
SciGrip Recommends #4807 for styrene, but it's only available in 1gal
cans. and it's fumes are hazardous.
The widely used #3 and #16 are available in 4oz cans and small tubes but
their fumes are also hazardous.
the following links point to SciGrip web pages. You can download
Technical Data Sheets and MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) for each
4807 - http://www.scigrip.com/product.php?id=41
0016 - http://www.scigrip.com/product.php?id=16
0003 - http://www.scigrip.com/product.php?id=14
One Non-toxic alternative is Limonene based cement. The plastic kit vendors are all offering products.
There are a couple of postings in the forum
it points to two non toxic cements by tamiya and testors
I don't have a current source for the tamiya msds
for the msds
plastruct has a cement also
that page has both info on teh cements and their MSDS's
you might want to test the Limonene based cements on some scrap styrene.
I have no experience with them.
also, in comparison to the sci-grip adhesives all of the non-toxic ones
are very expensive