thinning ear magic

Submitted by Mike C on 4/14/05 at 1:36 PM. ( ) 168.159.190.36

I was wondering if there is anything I can use to thin ear magic just a bit to make it a little easier to push into all areas of the ear. I really like the product but it is a bit stiffer than I would like.
Thanks
Mike C

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try inverting the eag

This response submitted by paul e on 4/14/05 at 1:50 PM. ( americanmetalfab@bellsouth.net ) 65.6.117.101

the first one i did like the bondo
and like you i found it a little hard
so
i started inverting the ear and spreading it all around
then simply turn it back around
i found it a whole lot easier this way
i just mix it on a paper plate and use a tongue depressor
and put all the detail as it starts to kick


Great info Paul

This response submitted by George on 4/14/05 at 4:40 PM. ( georoof@aol.com ) 152.163.100.133

Mike, be VERY careful thinning any epoxy product. It will slow down the cure time in most cases. Xylol, sold at Lowe's or any hardware store WILL thin it, but that should be a last resort. If the product is thick, the most likely cause is your shop temperature. Set the jars of epoxy down in a bucket of hot water and let them set there for half an hour or so. When the temperature gets above 80 degrees, you'll find that it's no thicker than reinforced Bondo.


i never thought of the temperature

This response submitted by paul e on 4/15/05 at 6:34 AM. ( americanmetalfab@bellsouth.net ) 65.6.117.101

George is probably right
i never thought of the temperature
in southern louisiana we get one or two days below 40 a year
the rest of the year your air conditioner better be working


Thanks

This response submitted by Mike C on 4/15/05 at 11:37 AM. ( ) 168.159.190.36

I used it last night and I spread it all over the inner ear then inverted as Paul suggested. It worked much better and nothing on the hair either. I forgot to put the fiber chop in but I carded and it should be ok. Thanks for the advice George, I agree it heating it up a bit next time will probably do just as well.

Thanks again
Mike C


glad it worked for you Mike

This response submitted by paul e on 4/16/05 at 9:28 AM. ( americanmetalfab@bellsouth.net ) 65.6.117.101

dont forget the chopped fiberglass next time
and
dont let the flexibility of the ear make you concerned
if you mixed it and its not flexable its to thick and you will waste
alot
people who are used to bondo ears will need to adjust their
perspective when they try ear magic because the ear will be a lot more flexible for a few days
but
after a couple of days it stiffens up real good
ive done hundreds of bondo ears
and they would not hold up as thin as i put this stuff in


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