I also tried clear epoxy as a sealer and that didn't work well at all.
ger21 wrote:I also tried clear epoxy as a sealer and that didn't work well at all.
What kind of epoxy, and why didn't it work?
I've never done an epoxy fill like that, but I use epoxy as a sealer all the time.
Xxray wrote:I have done alot of epoxy fills, my method is to use a craft hypodermic needle and precisely apply only as much as is needed, that way bleeding isn't a factor. Does require a perfectly level surface, and it can be easy to over fill. I use epoxy from home depot, fairly cheap and it can be tinted any color.
GaryR6 wrote:HOW much color are you adding to the epoxy? Ive done hundreds of inlays and NEVER had the color run. And I never seal the wood first. Are you using pigment and not dye? And just the smallest amount. Are you using short dry time epoxy or long dry time? 5 minute or paste epoxy, a touch of pigment and done.
ElevationCreations wrote:Have you tried using clear epoxy as a sealer before applying the tinted epoxy?
Inlace is another inlay material you can try, have had good results and just use masking tape prior to v-carving as a mask.
martin54 wrote:Which of the west systems hardeners are you using? If it's the longest working time that would be 209 which has a very long working time. 205 or 206 would probably be your best bet if you want to stick with west systems. I would have thought that 205 would be sufficient for what your doing though.
Don't forget that pot life is somewhat temperature dependant so a slightly cooler temperature will give you a longer pot life although you have to weigh this up against the epoxy's viscosity, to cold & it won't run at all
martin54 wrote:When you contacted west systems who did you speak to? Did you speak to their technical department or the person who answered the phone? I haven't used resin for anything to do with the cnc projects I make but have used it a lot for other things I do. Contacted west systems & other epoxy manufacturers on a few occasions for various things & found most of them to be quite helpful if you can get past the sales people & actually speak to the technicians
What sort of pot life do you need in general for the inlays you do? Pot life on 205 is up to 12 mins at 72 degrees, I am guessing they said 207 as that is used more as a clear coating than for bonding but I would have thought 205 would give a clear enough finish especially if you are adding a pigment to colour it.
I always make sure I have everything ready & laid out before I start so once I have the resin & hardener mixed I don't suddenly realise I need something & have to hunt for it, run through the process in my head with everything laid out on the bench to make sure I can maximise the time I have available before the resin starts to become unworkable
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