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Offline BeastMaster

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Epoxy Curing time
« on: Mon 5 Nov 17:39 2018 »
Question ~how long do you need to let your epoxy harden for before using a new rod. I just built a rod and put on 4 coats, The last coat
has dried nicely over night and shows no stickiness. With these hot dry days Iím thinking it will need about a week to harden , is this about right ?
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    Re: Epoxy Curing time
    « Reply #1 on: Mon 5 Nov 18:02 2018 »
    I've seen what you catch I'd leave it a month, no seriously I just finished a rod and used 5 min epoxy and butchered it,next one I think I'll go back to varnish.
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    Re: Epoxy Curing time
    « Reply #2 on: Mon 5 Nov 18:29 2018 »
    Question ~how long do you need to let your epoxy harden for before using a new rod. I just built a rod and put on 4 coats, The last coat
    has dried nicely over night and shows no stickiness. With these hot dry days Iím thinking it will need about a week to harden , is this about right ?
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    What epoxy did you use?
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    Re: Epoxy Curing time
    « Reply #3 on: Mon 5 Nov 18:41 2018 »
    Itís a 2 part  one called Pro Coat .
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    Re: Epoxy Curing time
    « Reply #4 on: Mon 5 Nov 19:44 2018 »
    I now use a single thing coat of epoxy with no sealer.
    Reduces weight quite a lot and increases the sensitivity of the blank.
    Coat at night and use at dawn the next day.

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    Re: Epoxy Curing time
    « Reply #5 on: Tue 6 Nov 05:09 2018 »
    Every brand of epoxy behaves a little different. I used Diamond II for a while but the working life on a hot day was very short. I tried just about every other brand, including Pro Coat. I found Pro Coat remained a little rubbery, it didn't get that hard coating that say Threadmaster does. According to the manufacturer, 24 hours is fully cured, but like I found, it still feels a little rubbery to me.
    Given your track record, I'd give it a few days, you punish rods with big fish!
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    Re: Epoxy Curing time
    « Reply #6 on: Tue 6 Nov 08:06 2018 »
    I'm with Dave I would give it a few days as full cure times on any 2 part
    epoxies don't reach full cure for a fair while.

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    Re: Epoxy Curing time
    « Reply #7 on: Tue 6 Nov 09:35 2018 »
    Thanks guys - yes I think Iíll give it at least two weeks ,it seems to be set hard and isnít tacky to touch after  a few  days already , but underneath the surface maybe a different story . Just waiting on a decal to put on it and it should be finished off nicely.
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