wvhillbillyjlm

Etex Questions

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I brush on my Etex. What is the best for cleaning the brushes with.

Also, I recently switched to a rotissirie motor for my drying wheel and it turns at 2 rpms. Is this to slow?\

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WVHILLBILLYJLM

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Not worth cleaning the brushes in my opinion. I buy cheap brushs and just throw them out. But you can use acetone to clean them before they fully sets/cures. I use a 2 rpm motor and get good results.

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Denatured alcohol works for me. I keep some in an old vitamin bottle and stick my brush in it while I'm putting my bait on the lure turner. Keeping a small amount in the vitamin bottle keeps me from contaminating a large amount and it can be used multiple times before having to change it.

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I prefer artist brushes and want them clean between sessions. You can use denatured alcohol, lacquer thinner, or acetone. I mostly use lacquer thinner - it's volatile enough to clean well but not so volatile it evaporates quickly (like acetone). How you do it is important. Wipe off excess epoxy, put the brush in the solvent, swish it around and spread the bristles out on the bottom of the jar, take it out and brush it vigorously on a clean cloth. Repeat. Takes less than a minute. The brush lasts indefinitely. I'm still using brushes I bought 4 years ago. Once epoxy begins to set, the brush it toast.

A lot of guys who use Etex let it rest for 10-15 mins after mixing so that it's not so soupy when they brush it on. Turner speed is relative to the viscosity of the epoxy and how thickly you apply it. There's really no rule - if you get sags or drips, it's too slow. If not, it's just dandy.

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