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Epoxy Temperature
Posted by: Ed Kramer (---.hsd1.pa.comcast.net)
Date: January 21, 2019 09:50PM

What do you consider to be the optimum ambient room temperature to apply thread epoxy?

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Re: Epoxy Temperature
Posted by: Tom Kirkman (Moderator)
Date: January 21, 2019 10:08PM

From about 70F to 80F.

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Re: Epoxy Temperature
Posted by: Donald La Mar (---.lightspeed.lsvlky.sbcglobal.net)
Date: January 22, 2019 09:10AM

Ed

Tom K's range above is, of course, correct. And you can fine tune by brand and type for even better results. Just for example, ProKote has an extended open and cure time and the cure time can extend seemingly forever at 70 or less. But, at 73 degrees or above the cure time is significantly less than it will be at 70.

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Re: Epoxy Temperature
Posted by: Mark Talmo (71.147.59.---)
Date: January 23, 2019 03:40PM

Ed,
I certainly agree with Tom and Donald. In the case of ProKote, the directions on the label even state 70-80*. Admittedly, I use 80* because I can be impatient. Although, the summers here in So Cal can dictate curing epoxy at 90-100* or even hotter and I have not noticed any detrimental effects. Most low-temp, 4 to 1 structural epoxies benefit from an elevated “post-cure” of about 150*over night but I am uncertain of the effects or results on the 1 to 1 type of epoxies commonly used in the rod building world. I have done it without any noticeable issues but cannot be 100% certain.

Mark Talmo
FISHING IS NOT AN ESCAPE FROM LIFE BUT RATHER A DEEPER IMMERSION INTO IT!!!

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Re: Epoxy Temperature
Posted by: Mark Talmo (71.147.59.---)
Date: January 23, 2019 11:16PM

Unfortunately, Ralph O’Quinn is not available to afford us with his wisdom. Comments from anyone willing to attempt filling his shoes will be greatly appreciated. God bless Ralph O’Quinn and all he has done for all of us!

Mark Talmo
FISHING IS NOT AN ESCAPE FROM LIFE BUT RATHER A DEEPER IMMERSION INTO IT!!!

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Re: Epoxy Temperature
Posted by: Tom Kirkman (Moderator)
Date: January 24, 2019 12:21PM

For every 10F change in temperature from about 70F, up or down, you will either double or halve the set and cure time.

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Re: Epoxy Temperature
Posted by: Ed Kramer (---.hsd1.pa.comcast.net)
Date: January 27, 2019 09:44PM

Thanks for the info.

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