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    Default now for the trickey bit

    just finished the wraps on my first impregnated cane blank and i'm wondering what varnish to use on the wraps i was advised not to use two pak epoxy because it tends to spread along the flats of the blank when turning...any ideas got to get it right from the off.......

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    That will be spar varnish then and about three weeks to apply/ cure....

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    Based on recommendations from this forum, i purchased some U-40 Permagloss. It is of a similar viscosity to varnish, and I gather it doesn't need to be turned whilst it dries. I'm sure because of its runny consistency it will require more coats than epoxy, but I haven't tried it yet.

    regards

    Stu

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    Talking

    Give a man a fish you feed him for a day.....give a man a blank some rings and whipping thread and a handle....... and tell the lazy ****** go and make a
    rod!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuey
    Based on recommendations from this forum, i purchased some U-40 Permagloss. It is of a similar viscosity to varnish, and I gather it doesn't need to be turned whilst it dries. I'm sure because of its runny consistency it will require more coats than epoxy, but I haven't tried it yet.

    regards

    Stu
    The trick with permagloss is to apply very thinly. It will also need to be turned manually at first as it runs down to the bottom but it stops running very quickly.
    I usually use 6-8 thin coats.
    The other problem is it starts to go off in the bottle once the air gets in which has the effect of the varnish thickening and the cap becoming welded to the bottle. I keep the level of varnish up to the top by putting in clean ball bearings to bring the level up. I also clean the cap and the screw neck of the bottle very carefully with acetone after use.

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    e mailed guides and blanks they recomended flexcoat lite so i'm gonna
    give that a go......

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    Quote Originally Posted by sagerod
    e mailed guides and blanks they recomended flexcoat lite so i'm gonna
    give that a go......
    Flexcoat give excellent instructions on their website:

    http://www.flexcoat.com/measnmix.html

    You can get acetone from the chemists.

    The main improvement I've made to my whippings over a few rods is to keep the thread tension lighter - it lets the varnish/epoxy penetrate easier and lets the air bubbles escape.

    Ian

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