06-08-2009, 09:46 PM
Re: 5 min epoxy?
Originally Posted by ezamora
old wives' tale or EXTREMELY anal. i've read of many who use craft popsicle sticks to mix; buy a box at a craft or fabric mega store, pretty cheap and useful for years. i use the white plastic flexcoat stirrers.
after a few minutes of gentle stirring (check directions) pour out onto flattened foil. turn a 4-5 inch square of foil up along the edges to help maintain the goop. you will probably notice countless small bubbles in the finish. like riptide says, gently exhale closely onto the finish and all of the bubbles will quickly disperse/pop.
in application, brushes are offered by flexcoat. some say they notice more air bubbles are introduced with brush application. part of the problem is people use the brush to actually brush. i use those fake plastic credit cards (these days, they're simply plastic coated on one side) cut into slightly different width strips to apply the finish to the wraps. and the technique is to dab the strip (or brush) into the finish and hold it against the thread wrap as the blank is turned. i usually hold it along the bottom.
if you've practiced and turn the blank quickly enough and are precise, each wrap should take a few seconds each, but beginners may take a minute or 2. speed comes with practice. just remember time is the enemy here. the longer you wait (and imagine the time spent for a beginner on a 9 foot blank with double wraps for snake guides) the thicker the finish will become. and the more chance you'll have some interesting but unwanted results. you should complete all wraps within 15 mins. i hit the bigger wraps first (winding check area and strippers), then the ferrule wraps and tip top, then the remaining guides.
Good reply Eric.
Wrap finishes I've used. Flex Coat. Ok but I liked
I like light thin coats. Both Flex Coat and Threadmaster come in Lite. Just like Miller and Bud. I don't like the 'football' look of thick wrap finishes.
U40's Permagloss is a air dried very thin and very quick drying "epoxy" for lack of a better word. I like it very much.
Mostly what I use is Ace Spar Varnish. Like Riptide said, very tedious but it looks damn good. No weird **** to go into your lungs like epoxy or Permagloss has.
This is Spar varnish finish
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