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Slowing Down Epoxy Set Time?

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I have been using Devcon 2 30 min epoxy but can only spread it on about two baits before it is unworkable. What can I use to slow down the dry time so I can cover more baits?

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I have been using Devcon 2 30 min epoxy but can only spread it on about two baits before it is unworkable. What can I use to slow down the dry time so I can cover more baits?

are you thinning it with acetone? i think that may slow it down a little.

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are you thinning it with acetone? i think that may slow it down a little.

I haven't tried thinning it with anything. I've just been brushing it on. The baits look awesome, I just can't get enough done.

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I've tried denatured alcohol, lacquer thinner, and acetone - and denatured alcohol works best for me. Mixing 4-5 drops of denatured alcohol into your mixed D2T (enough for 3-4 bass baits) will just about double the brush time. Acetone and lacquer thinner tend to evaporate very quickly and can leave you with a tacky bait hours later, which denatured alcohol will not. The alcohol will thin the epoxy a little but will not detract from the overall cure in either time or hardness: it will still be ready to fish in 24 hrs. It's best to add the alcohol a few drops at a time so you don't over-do it. I always add it to my D2T when topcoating baits in cool conditions. You can also use denatured alcohol/D2T as an undercoating/waterproofer on raw wood. In that application, you can use more alcohol - up to 50%. But it will tend to raise the wood grain a little, which will require light sanding and application of a 2nd coat. Used as both an undercoating and a topcoat, the bait comes out very smooth and very bullet proof.

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