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Old 05-22-2016, 10:14 AM   #11 (permalink)
 
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Thanks Joey-Nieves, I don't know if I will get into this enough to fly to Provo and take a seminar on it, but your comments seem to agree with everyone that Cactus Juice is worth the cost. Seems like everything I have found that is an alternative is either just as expensive as Cactus Juice anyway, or might not work as well. Boy, the guy running TurnTex or whoever makes that stuff has got a lock on the industry! If only I was a chemist! ;-)
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Running organic solvents through vacuum pumps into enclosed rooms is not good for vacuum pumps or occupants of rooms. Good risk management is not necessarily cheap.
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I am "the guy who runs TurnTex" and the owner of Cactus Juice as well as a long time member here. Cactus Juice and home stabilizing was born and first introduced here on IAP. I have the highest market share because I was the first to market and because I truly treat and think of all my customers as friends.
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You use air tight bottles to store the different colors you make, and save them after you finish.
Do NOT use air tight containers to store your CJ. For one, it is not needed since there is nothing in it that evaporates. I have an open container in my shop that I originally filled to a level and marked it. Over 6 years later, the level is exactly the same. Secondly, storing in an air tight container can cause it to cure on its own. My recommendation for storing is the plastic paint mixing containers with the snap on lids. The ones at Lowes or HD that look kinda like large cottage cheese containers. Easy to pour back into and not air tight enough to cause any problems.
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You use air tight bottles to store the different colors you make, and save them after you finish.
Do NOT use air tight containers to store your CJ. For one, it is not needed since there is nothing in it that evaporates. I have an open container in my shop that I originally filled to a level and marked it. Over 6 years later, the level is exactly the same. Secondly, storing in an air tight container can cause it to cure on its own. My recommendation for storing is the plastic paint mixing containers with the snap on lids. The ones at Lowes or HD that look kinda like large cottage cheese containers. Easy to pour back into and not air tight enough to cause any problems.
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Now that I got you here, I put some in a glass jar and it dried up solid after about 2 months or less. I did everything I normally do put away what was left in the jar because it had the dye.

lost about half a gallon in 3 bottles , I'm waiting on the loto numbers to buy some juice, but maybe you can tell me what went wrong, I thought is was because the jar that did not seal well, but know you say I was wrong.

Do you got a theory?

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My documentation says specifically to not store in sealed glass jars! Sealing CJ in a tight container will cause this. There is NOTHING in CJ to "dry" so it is best stored in a non-air tight container. I am sorry that you were told wrong by one of my retailers. Please send me an e-mail to Curtis@turntex.com and I will take care of you for the resin that you lost.

I am currently in D.C. on vacation for the week so I will not be able to reply or do anything for you until I return next Monday but I WILL take good care of you!
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Wow, if this last post of Curtis is not the greatest demonstration of a good/sound custom service , I don't know what is...!

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My documentation says specifically to not store in sealed glass jars! Sealing CJ in a tight container will cause this. There is NOTHING in CJ to "dry" so it is best stored in a non-air tight container. I am sorry that you were told wrong by one of my retailers. Please send me an e-mail to Curtis@turntex.com and I will take care of you for the resin that you lost.

I am currently in D.C. on vacation for the week so I will not be able to reply or do anything for you until I return next Monday but I WILL take good care of you!
I have always recommended your product, I new it had to be something I did.

Thank you, email sent!
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Many years ago I used a pickle jar as a vacuum chamber and used a hand powered vacuum pump used to work on car brakes. Tried polyurethane if I remember right. Wasn't pleased with the results. Note sure if it was the pickle jar, hand pump, the polyurethane or all of the above! Oh, there was also the odor! Just bought my first batch of Cactus juice. Have a dedicated chamber and am awaiting the vacuum pump. I have a bunch of soft woods that I have been holding onto for years since it was too difficult adding a little CA, turn some, add more CA, turn some, etc.
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Hey Mesquite Man,

Please don't take my questions about this as an affront. After all the research I have done and all the responses from IAP members, I get it. I made an order a couple of days ago. I'm new to penmaking, blank stabilizing, etc. and new to this forum too, so please excuse my ignorance. I look forward to trying out cactus juice for the first time. Thanks for chiming in. -- Jeff
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