Hobbies can be messy and in some cases dangerous. Paints and adhesives are nothing to treat lightly.
Modeling often involves painting really small detail parts like grab bars, or N Scale people faces and hands. Instead of gripping them with a pair of tweezers make a masking tape loop around the eraser end of a pencil. The sticky tape surface will hold the item being painted and you have the rest of the pencil as a hand holder.
Before all of your painting brushes aren’t good for anything but clearing glue tube openings, take a few moments after a job to wash them in hot soap and water and in case they are already too hard leave them in fabric softener and they will be softened to a new state.
Glue is something else that requires care in its use.
Learn to respect the power of super glue to avoid accidents. Removing super glue is a lot of hard work. Super glue can be dangerous if it hardens on your fingers, mouth, or eyes.
How strong is super glue? Imagine this: a mere square inch of the stuff can hold more than a ton. That kind of strength makes super glue very useful in fixing almost anything, from broken mugs to pieces of jewelry. It's a huge problem though when super glue accidentally sticks to your fingers or stains other objects.
Here are some tips to safely remove super glue from your body.
• Immediately soak your hand or other affected body part in a mixture of warm water, soap and vinegar. • Once you feel the bond start softening • Swab with a cotton ball using nail polish remover that contains acetone. • Use this cotton swab repeatedly and soak in polish remover as needed. • If you still can’t get them apart, you will need to go to a doctor for assistance.
You will find a good selection of paints and adhesives at Hobby Emporium.
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