Epoxy: What a relief!

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  1. SuperDave

    SuperDave New Member

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    The epoxy mess that I described is now but a bad memory! The rod set-up just fine and is ready to go!

    Thanks so much for your sympathy and suggestions!

    SuperDave
     
  2. James Mello

    James Mello Inventor of the "closed eye conjecture"

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    Just as a heads up... The silicone in syringes won't prevent set up. It will cause the dreaded "fisheye" problem (an area that won't retain any finish, resulting in a "fisheye"). If you don't get the rod to set up in the first 6 hours, the best thing you can do is get it warm. The 2 part epoxy needs to catalyze and heat is the critical element that allows it to do so. With the weather as cold as it was, it took one of my rods 12 hours to get tack free, and another 4 for it to get "hardened".

    In general the only real causes of not setting up properly.

    1) Messed up ratio of hardener to resin
    2) Improper stirring

    If those 2 things are correct, you should never have an issue with setup.

    -- Cheers
    -- James
     
  3. SuperDave

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    James:

    I'd add:
    -old epoxy as opposed to fresh
    -contaimination (silicone for example.

    I was fortunate to get the "goo" removed with medium drying laquer thinner. The fresh epoxy set up to the touch in about six hours. Hooray!

    SuperDave
     

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