What glue should I use to keep the plastic toggle in place?

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  1. Revelation

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    My Tele cap on the pickup selector can come off if you move it too fast. What glue to you recommend to keep it in place?
     
  2. Rhomco

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    Don't glue it. Crimp it with a Wire Cutter (Dykes). I like to put two or three crimps along the thin edges so that it will grab the knob when you put it back on. You can still pull it back off if need be but it wont just slip off unintentionally.
    Good luck with your project,
    Rob
     
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    One drop of superglue usually does the trick. It can be a bit of a PITA to pry off if you need to remove the switch, but it's not impossible. Some people just use masking tape or teflon tape to make it fit more snugly.
     
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    I’d get a switch tip with a set screw.
    Rutters and a few other companies make em’.
    Personally, I converted to a Gibson type selector switch.
    Problem solved, for me.
    I got tired of knocking switch tips off, and losing them.
     
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    Silicone glue is your best bet. You may know it as aquarium cement. It holds well enough that the switch tip won't slip off but not so tight that you can't get a good grip and remove it. Best of all, any residue peels off without damaging finish or plating.
     
  6. telemnemonics

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    I usually just find a tighter fitting switch tip, but used to crimp the switch end when parts were harder to find.
    If you want glue I'd choose locktite thread lock, which is designed to put on bolt threads so the nut won't rattle off, but there is a version that only keeps it tight and can be removed and reinstalled.
     
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    Very small piece of double sided tape works for me.
     
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    I always used to use a bit of the gummed paper from a page of stamps, licked and folded over the switch. I don't know what I'll do now the stamps are all self adhesive peel and stick...
     
  9. Tim S

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    Painter's tape or plumber's tape has been known to keep some folks. Glue can be a little too permanent sometimes.
     
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    Like the thread on "string caps" (ferrules) coming off, I've never experienced a switch tip coming off either. I do use a smaller "Strat"-style tip, rather than the larger "Tele"-type, but I don't think that changes anything......stop doing Pete Townshend "windmill" stuff. ;)
     
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    And leave the fans disappointed? :eek:
     
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    Use something doesn't glue it on permanently.
     
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    I wrap the switch in a small bit of electrical tape and jam the tip down on there. If there’s any excess hanging off, I just cut it with a box cutter blade.
     
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    I can't think of any reason to have to remove the switch tip unless the switch itself needs to be removed. And I can't think of any reason to have to remove the switch unless it is so defective beyond repair and needs to be replaced, as there is really no repair to the switch that can't be made with the switch in place. So if you can't repair the switch in place, then you should just replace it with a new one and, in that case, just cut the switch tip off, replace it, and get on with you life. How's my spelling ?
     
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    If you're gonna glue metal to plastic than epoxy is your best bet. The only reason you'd ever want to get it off is to replace it or the switch, on that case just slice it off with a utility knife
     
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    ...+1 on teflon plumbing tape. That usually does it for me. Otherwise, a lil' dab of silicone on the switch tip also works fine...
     
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    Locktite Blue is removable. You don't want Locktite Red which aims for an eternal bond. :eek:
     
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    I called Fender, they said put a small piece of paper on the lever and push the knob back on so it's a little snug. Will give that a try
     
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    ¡Bueno!

    That's what I did!

    Hasn't come off yet! Matchbook cover doubled over it; force the knob on.
     
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