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Old 11-22-2012, 07:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default CA taking 15mins to dry. Help!

I'm having trouble with my CA finishing process. It is taking 15 minutes for each coat to dry. I am trying to do it without accelerator because I've been having trouble with cracking. I'm a complete beginner so I'll bet I'm missing something. At about 15 minutes, it is no longer wet but still a touch tacky. Here are the details.
Environment: basement, medium humidity
Wood: olive wood, but I had the same problem with redwood burl.
Prep: sand from 120-600. Clean w/ denatured alcohol, wait 10 minutes.
Lathe speed: 500 (for applying CA)
Style pen: Amer. slimline
Ca: stick fast ca wood finish thin
Application: thin coat (5-6 drops) paper towel lightly swiping from the bottom right to left one time while I dispense the CA on top.

I hope that is enough detail. Let me know if more is needed. Thanks in advance for the help!
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Don`t know how many coats you`ve put on , but as the thickness of CA builds up , successive coats will take longer to dry .
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Don`t know how many coats you`ve put on , but as the thickness of CA builds up , successive coats will take longer to dry .
This is from coat 1. I am on coat three right now, same dry time.
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How is your air circulation and ventilation down in the basement. Ventilation is helpful for your health. Circulation should help the dry time. A small fan pointed at the pen spinning on the lathe is worth a try. That is really long for thin CA!
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just something to try providing it isn't something wrong with the ca. try dripping the ca on the paper towel and rubbing that on, that will result on a thinner coat. as far as the accelerator goes i haven't had a problem when putting it on that thin,
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How is your air circulation and ventilation down in the basement. Ventilation is helpful for your health. Circulation should help the dry time. A small fan pointed at the pen spinning on the lathe is worth a try. That is really long for thin CA!
You think it would work if I left my vacuum with lathe hood on?
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Get rid of the stick fast. There was a documented issue with that formula going crazy with accelerator. They changed the fomula and didn't tell anyone. Get better glue and you can do a coat (thin) about every 5-8 seconds. Some variables: wood type, moisture content, ambient temp, humidity, age of glue, temp of glue, speed applied, method applied...my fingers are tired!! You get the idea Moishe. You should be done and sanded in 15 minutes.

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+1 jim. this is where my "if the glue is good comment" fits in, i don't know the stuff but thin ca should be seconds not minutes.
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Try this test.
Fold a small piece of paper towel, I use Viva BTW, and place it on a piece of wood. Now, put a few drops of the thin glue on it. If it reacts with small billows of smoke then it should still be good glue. If not, throw it away.
I can't say about Stik-fast because I use only Insta-bond.
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Ok. I've got a couple other liquids I could try. What about using satellite city super 't' gap filling? What do you all recommend for CA brand? Btw, everything I have, liquids and hardware is brand new.

Also, do I need to shake the bottles before applying? I haven't been.
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