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alcohol (no Bruce, not that kind!)
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Posted 01 May 2008 - 06:29 PM
Guess what I learned when I substituted isopropyl (I tried spellcheck, but it didn't have it) alcohol for denatured alcohol?
Thanks goodness the Etex cleaned right off without disturbing the paint job.
What a maroon!
Posted 01 May 2008 - 09:53 PM
Thanks Mark, now I understand. You should see my monthly bar tab...
Posted 01 May 2008 - 10:09 PM
Does isopropyl give you less of a hangover? It must have something to recommend it, but it sure doesn't work with epoxy!
Posted 01 May 2008 - 10:39 PM
Actually Mark, it works great for getting rid of germs before an injection or setting an infusion set, whipping down a thermometer between uses, general medical types of uses. I think if you drank it, it would either make you go blind or die - isn't it also known as "wood alcohol"?
Posted 01 May 2008 - 10:56 PM
Hey Mark, Dont thin your epoxy with Isoprpyl alcohol. It does not work!!!! It does make some cool foam though dont it.
Posted 02 May 2008 - 06:55 AM
Where were you BEFORE I coated those lures?
Actually, I didn't thin the epoxy, I just used the isopropyl to clean and prep the brush I was using to apply the Etex, and just that small amount of the wrong stuff was enough to keep it from setting up.
I washed them down with denatured alcohol, and recoated them last night, and they're fine now.
Posted 02 May 2008 - 11:08 AM
I remember the first time I did it. I was not sure what was going on or when it was going to stop foaming.It was a large batch of epoxy because of course, I know what I am doing, I know everything! I invented some pretty creative cuss words. And I was just lucky enough to have an audience. My whole family was watching.
Posted 02 May 2008 - 02:54 PM
Ha, ha. I bet it wasn't pretty.
I've screwed up so much by now that I feel like the Archeologist in the first Jurassic Park movie, who kept saying,"What'd I touch?" everytime there was a problem.
I'm always waiting for something else to go wrong. So I wasn't really surprised, just a little po'd.
I diagnosed the problem pretty quickly, once I read the "bad" alcohol's label a little more thoroughly.
Pilot error. As usual.
At least you're providing your family with a "liberal" education. I'm sure they didn't know the extent of your blue vocabulary until that happened.
I've learned to make my mistakes as privately as possible, because I am tired of hearing the laughter.
Posted 02 May 2008 - 02:57 PM
And my family never says thank you for the hours of entertainment my goofs provide for them.
Edited by mark poulson, 02 May 2008 - 02:59 PM.
Posted 02 May 2008 - 03:00 PM
Isopropyl alcohol and devcon foaming? I have never had it happen and just attempted it again to make sure. Tyically the problem with IPA is it is cut with water and also will pull moisture from the air. I usually use acetone however if I want to thin devcon.
Posted 02 May 2008 - 03:18 PM
Mine was not the Devcon brand, but I doubt that was the difference. I was using west marine epoxy, but I assure you it did foam. And foam big. I only did it once. Never felt the need to repeat the process as I had learned from my mistake.