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I need to ask the best way of fixing down scatter to base board. I have in the past applie a woodglue to the base then scatter on top but this seemed expensive.

What is the best way
i've herd of a mixture to apply after the scatter is put down of water and glue, but not sure what to use or the amounts etc.

If anyone can help me i would be greatfull

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A good, often used method is a 50/50 mix of white PVA wood working glue and water with a dash of washing up liquid to break the surface tension. The scatter is put down first then the glue mix applied with a dropper or, in my case, a syringe. A gentle vacuuming, or brushing, the next day will show the areas you have missed. Keep the glue mix well away from the operating parts of your turnouts.
 

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>A gentle vacuuming
If you insert the foot end of a stocking (or cut the legs off a pair of tights) into the vacuum tube it will catch the unstuck scatter and you can use it again.
I usually remove the nozzle, insert about 12" of the stocking foot end first into the tube and fold back the remaining part of the leg around the outside of the hose. Then push the nozzle back in and /hold/ onto the excess stocking as you vacuum, that way you are in even less danger of the stocking disappearing into the guts of the machine leaving you with three problems:
1) How to get the stocking out of the mechanism
2) Explain to the vacuum owner why it happened
3) Explain why you had one leg of a cut down stocking in the first place

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>Have you come up with a good answer for 3)? If so let's hear it, may come in useful one day.
I haven't needed to yet; I hold on tight... ;-)

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QUOTE (CeeDeeI @ 11 Feb 2006, 22:03)A good, often used method is a 50/50 mix of white PVA wood working glue and water with a dash of washing up liquid to break the surface tension. The scatter is put down first then the glue mix applied with a dropper or, in my case, a syringe. A gentle vacuuming, or brushing, the next day will show the areas you have missed. Keep the glue mix well away from the operating parts of your turnouts.

That's the best way to glue ballast down,but aren't we talking of scenic scatter materials here?

The method I've used in the past for scenic scatter,is mix slightly thinned PVA[not as runny as used for ballasting,-which should be the consistancy of milk] with emulsion paint,to give a 'base' colour,this then painted on the area to be worked on and the scatter applied fairly liberally,after a short while this can be gently tamped down with a rolled up cloth,and finally,when the glue has set the excess can be vacuumed off,as described previously...

I hope this is of help
 

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For me ballast and ground cover are treated exactly the same but I agree that painting the surface with the PVA/water mix achieves the same result. The difference being that I like to see what the scatter is going to look like before I glue it down. I find it much easier to move the scatter around with a small painbrush while it is dry rather than have to scrape it up after it is glued because I don't like the effect or the colour. It's what we all get used to I suppose.
 

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Hair spray works well, just don't spray directly at the area you want to cover or you'll blow the scatter away you're trying to fix. You just have to make sure your layout is in a well ventilated area, 'cause damn those things can really smell especially the cheap ones and lets face it you're not going to buy an expensive hair spray on a model railway.
 
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