Alternative to PVA for basing

A few weeks ago my trusty bottle of Citadel PVA glue ran out. I know, there were plenty of cheaper glues available but I bought it ages ago when everything I bought was Citadel!

While the wee squeezy bottle lasted a while, it did have some faults and didn’t seem very strong, and I would always lose a load of sand from my bases when it came time to paint them, especially when the paint was watered down.

I had this big bottle of a product called CRA Bonder left over from putting down a Kitchen floor. CRA stands for Cement Rendering Agent and looks very similar to PVA glue.

 

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It goes on to the base with an old brush just like standard PVA, however it seems to have a couple of benefits over Citadel PVA. Firstly, it dries in around half the time of Citadel PVA, so you are able to paint the base a lot sooner. Secondly, It seems to keep a much tougher grip on the sand, and far less is lost during painting even with heavily watered down paint. I didn’t even need to put another coat of PVA on top of the sand.

Finally, it can be found online for as little as £11 for 5 liters! That’s enough glue to last me a lifetime of bases!

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