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Old 01-06-2019, 08:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Messed Up Tubes

Well I have ventured into bigger pens and have hit a snag. I have epoxy in the barrels and I am looking for a way to clean them up now.

I have barrel trimmer works great on smaller barrels as it has 5 arbors that work like reamers. The kits come with bushings for barrel trimmers but now I cant get the bushings in.

One that was not to bad I got the bushing in and used a vice to push it through and one I had a drill bit that was close and then pressed the bushing through but now I have some that I am having a real problem with.

Should I just get some new tubes and just make new ones?

What is the best way to keep the epoxy out of the barrel?

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Old 01-06-2019, 08:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Use some putty, plasticene, dental wax, or potato to plug the tube and keep the epoxy out when you are gluing the tube in.
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I use a copper pipe cutter. They have a little knife on there that does a great job

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Old 01-06-2019, 08:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Before glueing in tubes I plug the ends of the tubes with play doh; polk a small hole on one end. Any glue/epoxy that ends up in the tube I clean out with a drum sanding attachment on a Drexel.
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With more obstinate glue, I use a rough round file (Harbor Freight).

Usually I use a chainsaw file for normal glue accumulation.

The earlier posts are smarter--AVOID the problem. But, I seldom do that!!
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Old 01-06-2019, 09:07 PM   #6 (permalink)
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As mentioned an ounce of prevention goes a long way when gluing tubes in or working with any type of glues. I like to tape areas off when gluing because it saves so much work later.

Anyway if the epoxy has not cured than denatured alcohol should soften it up and remove it. If cured than acetone should do the trick you may need to leave soak for 24 hours. Now what it does to the blank may ruin it especially if it is acrylic. If wood it will soften the glue but once cleaned it should cure again or you may be able to take off and start all over.
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Old 01-06-2019, 09:22 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks Guys, I will have to start using protection when glueing things.

I will go pick up some Dremial cylinder disk tomorrow and a couple of round files.
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I use a T-reamer from harbor far its worked great for removing epoxy from costs under $3.00 ....sku# 66936

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Old 01-07-2019, 04:58 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I use a regular twist drill bit that fits the inside of the tubes. Sometimes if there is a lot of glue, I will have to use two progressively larger bits. I have a big set of drill bits that have most every size.
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Old 01-07-2019, 05:43 AM   #10 (permalink)
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When i use CA glue to fasten the tube, i just run a small center punch at an angle and the CA chips right out. For epoxy (acrylics & painted tubes), i have a Q-Tip with wax at the bench and do a quick wipe at the end of the tube before putting in the dental wax--again the small center punch pops any excess right off.
If using the waxed cotton swab--just make sure you only get the wax on the inside of the tube!!
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