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    Trying to re-ring a rod and have horrendous problems removing the old epoxy varnish from around the place where the old rings were - anyone got a brilliant idea how to do this without damaging the blank?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishgb
    Trying to re-ring a rod and have horrendous problems removing the old epoxy varnish from around the place where the old rings were - anyone got a brilliant idea how to do this without damaging the blank?

    gb
    I have found that a thumbnail, or perhaps something plastic with a straight edge, removes most of it. If the rod is unground and has no gloss finish to worry about, a kitchen scouring pad (plastic not metallic) should remove what's left.
    Last edited by John Gray; 14-06-2006 at 03:54 PM.

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    John is correct in that the top of your thumbnail or an old credit card will shift most of it but for those last awkward bits try using a hair dryer to soften it a bit first.
    If you prop the hair dryer so that you can apply gentle heat whilst you use your nail, you will find the resin will come off fairly easily.
    Gentle heat though - if its too hot for your fingers it's probably too hot for the rod.

    Dave.

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    West Systems reccomend using a heat gun to heat cured epoxy to 50C to soften it. I have done this - on boats not rods - and it works well. If you want to be precise blow the heat gun on to a thermometer to check the temperature. Aliitle bit colder than the hot water in your taps is about right.

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    So far as the scraping with the card routine goes, I had already tried that and it hadn't been wholly successful (read hardly at all!).

    The heat gun (hair drier?) idea is interesting and my next plan.....

    Thanks fellows.

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    Best method I have found is softening with a hair dryer and then removing the epoxy with a sharp blade, very carefully! Never damaged a blank this way. Final cleanup is carried out by using a cloth moistened with alchohol. Do not use too much or you can damage the blank. Do not soak the cloth or use acetone. Vodka is actually quite suitable. If you use some sort of abrasive like a pot scrubber then you will end up with a matt finish blank. I usually have a hard time determining where the rings were originally positioned after this.

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    Alan

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    Alcohol, even if sloshed about should not effect the finish on a modern carbon blank but should definitely not be used at all on a rod coated with a traditional varnish, but then you are not likely to find epoxy finished rings on such a rod.

    Quote Originally Posted by essexalan

    Vodka is actually quite suitable.............. ....... I usually have a hard time determining where the rings were originally positioned after this.
    I think I would too ! (hic)

    Dave.

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