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10 months ago
Jon Hood
All you carbon fiber grip builders- I am starting to collect some short drop pieces of the foam cores - do you guys/girls put them together for reuse? If so, do you use thread epoxy to glue them together?
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10 months ago
Jon Hood
Hey guys, I think I may have gotten to the root of the evil. (Part of it anyway). I sanded the grips back to the carbon. Then I added another coat of the aero marine epoxy. I let it rest for 10 min after mixing for 6 min. It didn’t thicken up a lot but I put it on anyway - then MAJOR tiny air bubbles! I heated it but they seemed to keep coming. So, I left that one (foregrip) to turn under my dr
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10 months ago
Jon Hood
I will Bob, But not sure what it could be - using the same epoxy through the process. I am going to sand it out again closer to the Carbon fiber and run at it again!
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10 months ago
Jon Hood
Bob, Foam core purchased from Mudhole So no form release Only NEW sandpaper to shape the foam core No wood tools No anti corrosion used Foam core is on a mandrel No release agent used Used new nitrile gloves to tighten up wetted out carbon to foam core Used new brush to apply epoxy Used new mixing cup to mix epoxy with epoxy mixer Everything seems to work and look fine
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10 months ago
Jon Hood
Wow! It got worse gentlemen! I tried the thicker coat but the epoxy started repelling from A LOT of spots - again the phot is not great but I think you can get the jest of the problem! I would really like to know what the heck is going on ! 7 years building and never this problem! Ask any question you can think of
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10 months ago
Jon Hood
Mark, The epoxy I am using is aeromarine 300 with aeromarine non blushing cycloaliphatic epoxy hardener 21. The reason my photo looks foggy is that it has been sanded with the shiny spots being the low areas. I am about to apply another coat of epoxy as we speak! I will see how it works!
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10 months ago
Jon Hood
The reason behind the color preserver (in my mind) was using it almost like a bonding agent ( in the event I had contamination ) especially in the lower areas (craters). Just tried something different. Like you said Spencer - I haven’t heard of anyone doing it either. I will be adding another coat this afternoon and will do as Tom recommended. I will let the epoxy rest long enough to thicken a bi
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11 months ago
Jon Hood
Tom, You are correct - I tried sanding them out but was getting to close for comfort to the carbon. I would like to know why you think the craters are there to start with. This grip is not a MUST save as I wasn’t happy with the straightness of my carbon fiber. With that said - I sanded, then added a thin coat of color preserver and will let it dry before adding the next coat of epoxy. Again, w
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11 months ago
Jon Hood
Hello all! I have been trying my hand at Carbon fiber grip making. 1. Measure, cut, form foam core - NO PROBLEM 2. Wet out foam core, put on the carbon sleeve, wet out - NO PROBLEM 3. Add additional coats of the same epoxy (aeromarine #300 with aeromarine #21 hardener - BIG PROBLEM!!! When I add additional coats I start getting what I will call - craters. I don’t touch the grip after the
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11 months ago
Jon Hood
I have actually caused the micro bubbles during the application Process! High lathe speed, rough finish ( like carbon fiber), to much pressure at the brush = micro bubbles!???????????. I recently started applying finish with a brush and using the small spatula to spread down the blank. Basically, I’m saying you can cause the micro bubbles during your application process! As Tom Kirkman states -
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1 year ago
Jon Hood
Bryan, I am having the same issues with the CFX material you described above. Did you ever chase down the problem?
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1 year ago
Jon Hood
Tom - So if I understand - it is basically the same. In that case - can the laminating epoxy be used for thread wraps?
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1 year ago
Jon Hood
But when multiple layers or coats of thread finish are put on the threads - isn’t that kinda the same process?
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1 year ago
Jon Hood
What is the difference in the 5 to 1 epoxy sold with the carbon fiber grip kits and the 1 to 1 epoxy we use for thread wraps, etc.? Can the thread finish epoxy be used for building the carbon fiber grips?
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1 year ago
Jon Hood
Vacuum wouldn’t work any way - it grows in seconds - not minutes - you would never have enough time to get it in the mold.
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1 year ago
Jon Hood
As I stated above - I am back to report. I purchased small paint mixer and adjusted the fins so it would fit all the way to the bottom of a plastic SOLO cup. I mixed full speed (approximately 1700 rpm) for 20 seconds, then immediately poured it in the bottom half of my mold, put the mandrel in place, set the top of the mold and clamped it in place. Prior to pouring, I warmed the silicone mo
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1 year ago
Jon Hood
Yes, I read that as well. I am going to heat my silicone mold in the oven prior to casting the next core.
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1 year ago
Jon Hood
Tom, I have ordered (Rod maker)10-6 and 11-1 (have already received - waiting on the prior) this issue so I will be better educated with this foam core technique soon. As far as my mold - I have air vents to release the air as much as possible, and have read that applying back pressure to the foam will actually reduce air bubbles. I will update this post when I cast a few today. Spencer,
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1 year ago
Jon Hood
I have made a Mold out of Silicone to cast my own foam cores for carbon fiber grips. My 1st attempts at this are definitely not acceptable. I will be picking up a paint mixer tomorrow to try it again. I had large air bubbles in the foam when I cut it open (for inspection) as well as resin visible instead of the cream colored foam. I attribute this to not being properly mixed. I will fix that iss
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1 year ago
Jon Hood
Thanks Mark! Another option to test!
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1 year ago
Jon Hood
Tom, Mike used a silicone tube that was split lengthwise so it could be opened up for the pouring process - then the silicone tube was sandwiched with 2 halves of pvc, capped on the ends and a ring for support in the middle. After it cured - he just pulled the pvc halves away and the silicone tube peeled away like a banana peel - this left a core with the mandrel in the center and an 1.25 in ID
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1 year ago
Jon Hood
Tom, I agree, not trying to make things difficult at all - it seems to me that the mold system I am trying to research would be cleaner and use less materials - thus being more cost effective in the long run.
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1 year ago
Jon Hood
Does anyone have any info about the silicone portion of the mold he used? The pvc seems pretty straight forward to make but the silicone piece looked like it had ends on it to keep the the mandrel centered. I’m thinking he made those himself. Anyone have any info on these silicone molds?
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1 year ago
Jon Hood
Thanks Bob, Just ordered it!! I’m sure the pan with the mandrel through it will probably be the best bet as it has been proven. However, the idea of using the the silicone inside a pvc pipe seems like there would be less waste and less turning. Anyone use this method?(Mike Riley’s video) If so, I would like to hear about it! Pro’s and Con’s
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1 year ago
Jon Hood
As always - Great information! Any other do’s, dont’s or tips/tricks?
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1 year ago
Jon Hood
Thanks! And I assume I will need to make my on mold correct?
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1 year ago
Jon Hood
Thanks Norman, That takes care of the carbon fiber sleeves - now that I’ve seen Mike Riley make the foam cores - I want to try that! So, any information on what to use and where to get please!
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1 year ago
Jon Hood
I bought a couple of kits from Mudhole but I was wondering if any of you guys or girls by the supplies and parts that are not in a kit. If so- where? Looking for different sizes or options.
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1 year ago
Jon Hood
Renzetti craftsman
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1 year ago
Jon Hood
Ok, I didn’t get a lot of responses to my issue so I experimented- I took a razor blade and lightly scraped the the feather. Then I used the point of the razor and lightly cut through the feather - reapplied the color preserver and it seemed to saturate as it should. I will reapply later, then apply the epoxy. I will repost at that time to let everyone know if this worked.
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