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jttheclockman

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Different. I was going to try this some time ago by powdercoating various tubes with different colors. Never got around to it. May have to put that back on the to do list now that I seen yours. Like itđź‘Ź
 

Holzchief

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The main problem we noticed was it looks like the resin lost some adhesion at the ends of the tubes. You can see it in the pictures. Got about three or four ideas as to why, and maybe how to fix it.
 

carlmorrell

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Note the adhesion loss seems only at the ends. I am guessing trauma when pressing. I use magnification and a round file and really go to town on the inside of the tube before assembly. I would rather add a drop of CA from being too loose, than crack or damage the body, which Ihave done more times than I will admit.
 

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Looks good. I’d try putting a coat of clear Elmer’s over the tube then casting. Use the clear and not the white. The white will work but it doesn’t dry clear. I’ve had trouble with the same issue and this was my fix.
 

jttheclockman

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It does look like a little trauma on the ends now that you mention it. I think I will use epoxy resin. That stuff sticks to anything.
 

Holzchief

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Looks good. I’d try putting a coat of clear Elmer’s over the tube then casting. Use the clear and not the white. The white will work but it doesn’t dry clear. I’ve had trouble with the same issue and this was my fix.
I may try that next time. Did you let the Elmers cure before casting the resin around it, or pour it right away?
 

Holzchief

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Note the adhesion loss seems only at the ends. I am guessing trauma when pressing. I use magnification and a round file and really go to town on the inside of the tube before assembly. I would rather add a drop of CA from being too loose, than crack or damage the body, which Ihave done more times than I will admit.
It was there before pressing the parts in but definitely was worse after. I also wondered if squaring the end before turning might have caused it. There was almost a half inch of material to remove with the pen mill, it got fairly warm.
 
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