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Temperature for Removing Epoxy
Posted by: Tony Scott (---.bltmmd.east.verizon.net)
Date: January 29, 2019 06:53AM

I have a heat gun where you can adjust the temperature in F or C. I used to know this, but what is the best temperature for softening the epoxy on guide wraps so that I can remove them? This is of course means hot enough to do the job but not so hot that it cooks the crap out of everything?

Thanks

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Re: Temperature for Removing Epoxy
Posted by: Scott Hovanec (---.hsd1.pa.comcast.net)
Date: January 29, 2019 08:12AM

Hair dryer before heat gun.

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Re: Temperature for Removing Epoxy
Posted by: Tom Kirkman (Moderator)
Date: January 29, 2019 08:31AM

Or no heat at all.

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Re: Temperature for Removing Epoxy
Posted by: Nick Lam (---.hsd1.ca.comcast.net)
Date: January 29, 2019 09:07AM

No hotter than my hands can handle, typically is what I do.

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Re: Temperature for Removing Epoxy
Posted by: Norman Miller (---.lightspeed.jcsnms.sbcglobal.net)
Date: January 29, 2019 12:13PM

I like a hair dryer to soften the epoxy somewhat for easier removal. I don’t use a heat gun, just gets too hot, and I have caused the tip section on a rod to just fold over; not good! I figure if a hair dryer doesn’t harm your hair by catching it on fire, then it won’t damage your blank, but still be careful.
Norm

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Re: Temperature for Removing Epoxy
Posted by: roger wilson (---.hsd1.mn.comcast.net)
Date: January 29, 2019 12:18PM

Tony,
I heat to just short of smoking hot and it works well.

Just remember, too hot, and you destroy the blank.

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Re: Temperature for Removing Epoxy
Posted by: John DeMartini (---.res.spectrum.com)
Date: January 29, 2019 01:01PM

Tony

You are walking a thin line trying to heat the unwanted epoxy to softening temperatures without risking damaging the blank. The blank is impregnated with epoxy
and the applied heat does not discriminate between unwanted epoxy and blank epoxy.

I suggest you peel and carefully scrape off the old epoxy as shown in the video. It can be time consuming but the risk to the blank is minimum.


Have fun.

John

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Re: Temperature for Removing Epoxy
Posted by: Spencer Phipps (172.58.45.---)
Date: January 29, 2019 01:36PM

A good sharp razor blade goes through epoxy real easy.

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Re: Temperature for Removing Epoxy
Posted by: Mo Yang (---.dhcp.hspr.ca.charter.com)
Date: January 29, 2019 05:19PM

Blanks can take up to boiling temperature. At sea level, water maxes out at 212 F or 100C. So that is your safe temperature controlled method. Much higher, I think the blanks may start to unravel.

Good youtube link Tom. I take pleasure in pulling the thread off by unrolling it so I nick one end on one thread, and then unroll the rest. Kinda like popping bubble wrap in the pleasure....:) I know, I'm odd.

Why score the end of the wrap? Why not take it all off?

My question is how to soften the epoxy INSIDE grips etc on these high $ Japanese rods without having to cut the grips up. Not sure what kind of glue they use.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 01/31/2019 03:20PM by Mo Yang.

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Re: Temperature for Removing Epoxy
Posted by: Phil Erickson (---.dsl.pltn13.sbcglobal.net)
Date: January 29, 2019 07:03PM

Depending upon what material was used to make the grips, it might not be possible to heat the epoxy on the rod. Cork for instance acts as insulation

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Re: Temperature for Removing Epoxy
Posted by: Lynn Behler (---.97.252.156.res-cmts.leh.ptd.net)
Date: January 29, 2019 07:04PM

I don't believe hair dryers are allowed to reach 140F. Around here water heaters are often set at 180F as the high limit.

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Re: Temperature for Removing Epoxy
Posted by: Anthony Unger (---.sub-174-201-27.myvzw.com)
Date: January 30, 2019 03:33PM

-----Good youtube link Tom. I take pleasure in pulling the thread off by unrolling it so I knick one end on one thread, and then unroll the rest. Kinda like popping bubble wrap in the pleasure----

Your not the only one.. Lol. Me too... I try and not use heat unless completly necessary.. I may be wrong... But depending on the epoxy brand, and OD of the selected area, it would have to vary on specific heat levels..

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