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Forum topic by Betsy posted 12-19-2011 05:26 AM 998 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Betsy

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12-19-2011 05:26 AM

I want to start adding a little splash of color into some of my boxes and maybe into a few cheese boards along the way. The West epoxy system seems to get a lot of good results, but if you are not going to do a lot of epoxy work – would your general, buy it at the big box store, epoxy work?

Also doesn’t the epoxy and color seep into the surrounding areas where you don’t want it – how do you avoid that? I’ve not found anything on that one part – does it just sand off (the part that is not in the recess)?

Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 12-19-2011 05:39 AM

I tried the two part that is in the double syringe. I believe it was loctite. It didn’t work. It never fully cured to a hard surface, stayed kinda rubbery. It wouldn’t sand at all. That is the only thing I have tried besides the system three. System three 5 min epoxy works great for me. I have not had any problems with it hardening. I always wait 24 hours or so before sanding. I bought the smallest bottles they had cost between 15-20 bucks and still have 2/3’s of both bottles left after all the projects I have done.

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#2 posted 12-19-2011 05:48 AM

I hear the casting resins have less air bubbles, which is the only grip I have about epoxy. I have mixed all kinds of stuff. In my blog, I was using acrylic paint, and inlace dye. I have used polyacrylic on epoxy with no problems

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#3 posted 12-19-2011 05:53 AM

I would go with West Marine. It sells for $40 per quart, which seems like a lot, but I just finished the quart purchased in 2008. Performance carries the day and I am not worried about a few cents cost premium. West always works as specified on the label.

-- Paul, Clinton, NC

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#4 posted 12-19-2011 05:54 AM

Thanks guys this gives me some ideas. We have a large craft store nearby so I’ll drop in to see what they may have. I don’t see myself doing a lot – but I have a few boxes in mind for this winter’s work that I think some nice inlay work would look nice.

Thanks again.

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#5 posted 12-19-2011 01:47 PM

Good luck Betsy, and let us know what you come up with. Always interested in new ways to do things.

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#6 posted 12-19-2011 04:06 PM

Thanks Joey, I will.

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#7 posted 12-19-2011 04:57 PM

Have you considered Inlace?

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#8 posted 12-19-2011 05:10 PM

I have used System Three five minute epoxy with great results on everything from an Garden bench to voids in a bowl blank I was turning. It curred hard and was easy to sand away what you didn’t need.

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#9 posted 12-19-2011 07:08 PM

Grizzly carries some epoxy stuff. This one intrigued me, though I haven’t tried it. I used their previous (similar, I assume) product with good results.

The bubbles are a problem, because epoxy should be very well mixed. Even if I’m doing one little knothole with 5 minute stuff, I’ll stir it for a full minute. So now we’ve got the maximum performance from the adhesive, but the bubbles are usually there.

Kindly,

Lee

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#10 posted 12-22-2011 05:39 AM

I have used a finishing resin called “Z-Poxy” with good results. I add powdered chalk for color. I get the Z-Poxy at a hobby shop that sells Flying model airplanes.

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#11 posted 12-22-2011 06:54 AM

Thanks for the replies guys. I’ve actually used inlace a couple of times on pen projects. It seems kind of expensive for some projects like what I’ve got in mind. I’ve not heard of “z-poxy” so I’ll have to check that out also.

CR1 – I’m confused (which is not unusual :-) ] but what do you mean “put a vacuum on it”?

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#12 posted 12-22-2011 05:40 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WCz_zBgZko&feature=related
Found this yesterday. There are several postings about epxoy. Products are Australian, but some cool tips and ideas. Check it out.
Bill

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#13 posted 12-23-2011 05:37 PM

I used some System Three T-88 yesterday on a tool repair. I mixed in some sawdust for color and gave it a thorough stirring. No bubbles!

This is long cure stuff—open time, 45 minutes—so it wouldn’t be ideal for quick filling of knotholes and that sort of thing that one tends to do on the fly.

I notice that Grizzly sells a West Marine product that is 5 minutes. I’ll be curious to find out if it, like this quality product, responds to Popsicle stick turbulence different from the drug-store line of 5 minute stuff in the tiny tubes.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#14 posted 12-24-2011 04:20 AM

Cr1 I would be interested ib seeing your set up.

Geez I has no ides there were so many choices in epoxies. Looks like I’ve got some experimenting to do to see what will work for me.

Bill thanks for the link.

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