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Well I don't know about that because I don't have experience with it. It looks to be basically super glue.

 

I've done the job by filling the hole with epoxy. When it is almost totally cured I drill a hole just slightly smaller than the screw. Then screw in the screw. If you fuck up, drill it out and try again.

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on old plastic I wouldnt try a larger screw, stripped screws are much easier to fix than a boss busted in half

 

epoxy is the sure fire way, you can fill the hole half way with super glue and screw it in while its still wet for a quick n dirty job, once the glue is set twist it tighter just a bit to break the bond and it should back out

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I dislike superglue because its vapors leave a white film on adjacent surfaces some of the time. Anything CA does this. And it shows up on glossy plastics and black or dark colored plastics. Clear plastics are the worst.

 

This film can also deposit itself on contacts too. While it doesn't hurt the surfaces it's unsightly, and only the smallest amounts "dry" quickly enough and thoroughly enough to where it isn't a problem. I remember building plastic models and superglued clear canopies in place. Soon they'd fog up and I'd be pissed off.

 

Trapping several drops in screw-hole causes this too. And believe it or not, the vapors do escape from the threads over time and cause the dreaded fog.

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I dislike superglue because its vapors leave a white film on adjacent surfaces some of the time. Anything CA does this. And it shows up on glossy plastics and black or dark colored plastics. Clear plastics are the worst.

 

This film can also deposit itself on contacts too. While it doesn't hurt the surfaces it's unsightly, and only the smallest amounts "dry" quickly enough and thoroughly enough to where it isn't a problem. I remember building plastic models and superglued clear canopies in place. Soon they'd fog up and I'd be pissed off.

 

Trapping several drops in screw-hole causes this too. And believe it or not, the vapors do escape from the threads over time and cause the dreaded fog.

Thanks for all the replies. What does CA mean? Has anyone heard or used this Zap? Found it on hobby site, supposed to have some sort of adhesive with plastic bits in it to repair certain plastic stripped holes and wondered if anyone heard or used this.

Thanks.

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I have never used that product so I can not comment on its effectiveness

 

does say right on the bottle CA, which is of course the "good stuff" of superglue, it might have some other additives in it to make it dry clear, CA / superglue usually doesn't

 

another thing to consider is something I used to do when I cut my own plastics into shape, ABS sawdust / shavings and acetone mixed in a pickle jar will eventually dissolve into a goo (viscosity depends on the ratio), which makes a good filler / glue for ABS plastic which when the acetone evaporates leaves a strong bond (people claim up to 80% of original strength) which you can then drill, works pretty good if your too cheap to get the intended glue or epoxy lol

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I have never used that product so I can not comment on its effectiveness

 

does say right on the bottle CA, which is of course the "good stuff" of superglue, it might have some other additives in it to make it dry clear, CA / superglue usually doesn't

 

another thing to consider is something I used to do when I cut my own plastics into shape, ABS sawdust / shavings and acetone mixed in a pickle jar will eventually dissolve into a goo (viscosity depends on the ratio), which makes a good filler / glue for ABS plastic which when the acetone evaporates leaves a strong bond (people claim up to 80% of original strength) which you can then drill, works pretty good if your too cheap to get the intended glue or epoxy lol

But acetone melts the plastic. Also if the ABS stock is a different color or formulation, the weld won't look good.

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I have an oval shaped Game Gear battery pack with odd screw that looks like inverted slotted screw. Spanner bit works sort of and it still stripped my spanner bit.

I made a custom bit once for that weird screw. Ground an old phillips bit down to a blunt end then cut a wide slot into the end with a cutoff wheel.

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