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Old 04-07-2019, 07:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I use System Three T-88 epoxy, both regular and Quick Cure to adhere tubes in blanks. Yesterday I painted both tube and hole black. I tried to color the epoxy as a little insurance against tube show - gooey mess, checked today and epoxy had not hardened. Any thoughts on what to use to color this epoxy.

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I have never done it successfully. I probably added too much color. I paint barrels and tubes always. Many have it great success...just not me. :-). Coloring the epoxy will not fully hide glue lines.
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I have dyed epoxy black with India ink. I did not have any problems with the epoxy curing. I know people who have used craft acrylic paints to color it. The secret seems to be to not use too much of the colorant.
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I use System Three T-88 epoxy, both regular and Quick Cure to adhere tubes in blanks. Yesterday I painted both tube and hole black. I tried to color the epoxy as a little insurance against tube show - gooey mess, checked today and epoxy had not hardened. Any thoughts on what to use to color this epoxy.

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Ben I am a big proponent of the use of System III T88 and use it all the time. I use their tints and here is a link. But as the old commercial use to say a little dab will do you. Does not take much at all to color the epoxy.

http://www.systemthree.com/collectio...-paste-pigment
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I have been painting tubes and the the blanks for years......I have only painted them white or black. I have this white tint that I ordered after reading a post here, I got a pint, truly a lifetime supply. I am still at work and I can't remember what brand it is, but it is awesome. I can't remember if they didn't have black or I didn't buy any. I will look tomorrow for the brand if you are interested.

I have had great luck for black, which is the bulk of my work, just using testors model paint. I am not saying that I do it right, but I have never had any issues doing it this way:
I mix my epoxy on cardboard.....I put the two parts of the epoxy, so there is a 1/4 inch gap between them........I take the other end of a small plastic cheapo model paint brush and dip two or three drops from a black testors model paint bottle in that gap....mix all thoroughly, and use.

I always let everything dry at least overnight. I used to be worried that the tubes were painted with spray paint, the blanks with acrylic enamel from wally world and testors in the epoxy,truly a "dukes mixture", but I have never had a problem in a couple hundred pens.....
I hope this helps....just my .02
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Thanks JT. Do you find that the tint hides the glue lines or do you paint the inside of the blanks anyway? Thank you.
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I have used acrylic paint, testers model paint and Alumilite liquid dye all successfully. I use cut off bamboo skewers as stir sticks and just get, maybe, a thin 1/8 bit of paint on the tip, just coloring it a little and stir the epoxy in a soda bottle cap with it.


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Thanks JT. Do you find that the tint hides the glue lines or do you paint the inside of the blanks anyway? Thank you.

Tony it is something like wearing a belt and suspenders I never paint the tubes. I find that a waste of time unless I am clear casting. I paint the inside of the blank and will occasionally use tint in epoxy in case of scrapping. I do not worry about glue lines per-se. But what I really use it for is for segmenting and gluing pieces such as in this pen. I think it was Hank who picked up on it just by looking at it when I showed this pen awhile ago.


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Thanks J.T., just completed an order for 2oz. Of black. I had rather use something that was made especially for System 3 T-88 than fool around with various paints that might work or not. l appreciate the info so much, I’ll share a new found tip with you. Wanting to dye some wood yellow I searched the shop for some yellow dye or stain, but to no avail. Then I remembered the spice turmeric. Borrowed some from wife, mixed it with alcohol and presto a great yellow dye. Thanks again for the info

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Thanks J.T., just completed an order for 2oz. Of black. I had rather use something that was made especially for System 3 T-88 than fool around with various paints that might work or not. l appreciate the info so much, I’ll share a new found tip with you. Wanting to dye some wood yellow I searched the shop for some yellow dye or stain, but to no avail. Then I remembered the spice turmeric. Borrowed some from wife, mixed it with alcohol and presto a great yellow dye. Thanks again for the info

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I have now a good collection of transtint dyes and they are some of the strongest dyes you can find. But before that I use to buy Rit dyes and mixed with alcohol and they worked very well. So many colors to choose from in that line.

I also bought from them the dyes used for epoxy resins when I placed my order and those have worked very nicely also. You are right to use the product made for it.
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