I thin the new formula with MEK exactly as I did with the old formula (2:1 MEK/Barge) and it works just fine. I use Barge for attaching rail to CV tie strips, and have seen zero difference in performance or ease of application. There are some tricks to successful usage for rails/ties but that would be off-topic here, email if interested.
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I also talked to a guy in a large shoe repair shop last year; with 4 cobblers at work the place stunk to high heaven with Barge, which is the industry standard for them. He said they'd seen "no difference" and haven't bothered re-ordering the old tuolene formulation (which is still available in cans to commercial customers)
--- Bill Sornsin, Seattle
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I can tell you for one that it doesn't thin with MEK like the old stuff. I don't use the new formula as it's too darn thick and stringy.
--- In STMFC@..., Ed Hawkins <hawk0621@> wrote:
On Jun 14, 2012, at 5:44 PM, Armand Premo wrote:
Mike,Following Denny's lead,I use Barge Cement.It works for me.Awake?barely.It is in the seventies with a nice breeze off the lake.Hardly weather for building models.Regards,AArmand & others,
After not buying Barge cement for a number of years, I recently ran out of my supply only to learn that the adhesive is now available only in a toluene-free formula. The package color changed from yellow & red to blue. I've read a number of on-line reviews about the new formula claiming the toluene-free formula doesn't work nearly as well.
For years I have used the old formula to attach steel nuts inside of box cars & reefers for weights. For obvious reasons I wouldn't want these pieces becoming unglued inside an assembled plastic or urethane box car or reefer.
I would like to hear comments from people who have used the new formula and if you have found it acceptable.