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So... long story short, since the long story got deleted when the page randomly closed which just succeded in making me even MORE angry about this whole situation...

One of the arms of the Empire (not mechanical) Santa that I'm restoring mysteriously rolled out of the attic and bounced onto the garage floor, knocking a bunch of pieces out of his furry cuff and extending the cracks that were already there even further around his wrist while I was outside taking down Halloween decorations. So now there are pieces missing from the very top of his hat, one arm's cuff, and another arm's joining end. I DO have all of the pieces though, but the hat ones were glued together in a failed attempt to fix that hole and then became too big to fit in the hole. That failed, because the glue (locktite for plastics) chipped off as soon as it dried. I tried using that same glue on the large crack down his beard, but it did the same thing. What should I use to glue pieces back in and seal cracks, because I'm having issues here! lol :P

I also am having a hard time stripping the Empire paint off of him, let alone trying to do it without breaking him even more, so if anyone has some tips on that, those would be appreciated just as much! I'm using the 3M stripper.

I'm extremely frustrated with this project so far, but I still DO believe that I can, at some point, return him to his original beauty, so I'm not giving up! :)

I'll try to get some pictures of the other damages when I have some more time, but not right now.

Thanks in advance for any help! :)

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ya thats fixable, real easy too since you have all the parts... try putting a roof back on a schoolhouse... with no roof :P . Carrie can fill you in more clearly but simply weld and glue them together and a fresh coat of paint and he will good as new. Honestly its not as bad as you think, i have fixed worse....

calling Dr. Carrie!

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when i stripped mine. i used the non toxic citrus strip stuff. i had to do about 3 or 4 coats. and then used a plastic brush and water hose to get the rest off

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The 3M stripper is great stuff, but Empire paint usually requires something stronger. Get some Jasco Stripper or Kleen Strip in the aerosol can, either should do the trick--but you may have to do it more than once.

To fix the damage, I would use epoxy for plastic and Quick Grip glue to set the pieces initially. This combo has never failed me yet. Putting the pieces back together will take time. Just be patient and take it one step at a time. Sometimes you need to let larger pieces dry first before trying to add in the rest. Justt take your time and you will be able to get it done.

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