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Old Sep 09, 2006, 01:57 PM
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I bought a gallon of toluene at my local "do-it center" a couple months ago. They didn't have it in stock, but had no problem ordering it for me.

It's still listed at thier online store

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Old Sep 09, 2006, 08:08 PM
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Well, I dropped by my local Ace Hardware this afternoon and they did indeed have Toluene, as some of you suggested they would. I picked up a gallon for about $12. Thanks again for all the info, guys!

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Old Feb 26, 2007, 04:02 PM
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Paint Thinners to thin Goop

Hey, breaking open an old thread here.

Has anyone used "Thinners". Thet's what we call it here in Australia. Paint Thinners.

Thanx

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Old Mar 11, 2010, 05:29 AM
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What's a good mix ratio of Goop to Toluene/Xylene?
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Old Mar 11, 2010, 05:44 AM
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What are you covering/painting?

For EPP I thin mine down so it's as thick as say milk. Maybe a little thicker.

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Old Mar 11, 2010, 12:10 PM
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Anyone use Goof-Off as a thinner? Might be a good and cheap alternative if you just need a smaller amount. It's like $4 for 4.5oz and it's 95% Xylene. Might actually make a pretty good jar-full.

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Old Mar 11, 2010, 12:24 PM
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I thin Goop until it hits cheap maple syrup texture. I use Xylene. I get it at Home Depot. The wife likes the smell of sharpies (Xylene-based I think). A used rag was airing out in the garage. She came in with a load of clothes and a smile on her face. I think I need to keep an eye on her.

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Old Mar 11, 2010, 04:34 PM
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IIRC the ratio is about 1:1. I use it thinner on wings than fuses. You can tell when you're applying it if it's too thin it'll run pretty fast. If it's too thick you'll feel the foam brush stick a little too much
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Old Mar 11, 2010, 04:38 PM
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I've heard that xylene doesnt work quite as well, but I forgot why. Yes Ace is the only place I've found it in Cal, home depot has none.

I'm thinking of switching to thinned epoxy, goop is not nearly as strong a bond, if its anything like "shoe goo" which I think its the same, it peels too easily.
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Old Mar 11, 2010, 04:51 PM
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Yes Ace is the only place I've found it in Cal, home depot has none.
Ummm...not so. I get my Xylene by the gallon at the Mira Mesa HD.

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Old Mar 11, 2010, 06:49 PM
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I've heard that xylene doesnt work quite as well, but I forgot why. Yes Ace is the only place I've found it in Cal, home depot has none.

I'm thinking of switching to thinned epoxy, goop is not nearly as strong a bond, if its anything like "shoe goo" which I think its the same, it peels too easily.
I've heard that too but can't confirm. I've only used toluol.
What are you going to do with thinned epoxy?
Mark, I think he means Ace sells Toluol and HD don't.

Goop works well for me so far...
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Old Mar 11, 2010, 06:56 PM
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OT, sorry...

@1000MPH. Can you tell me about that pretty looking fin? Is that a symmetrical section? How'd you make it?

Thanks
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Old Mar 11, 2010, 09:25 PM
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Just balsa, basswood and sandpaper. I used to use a coroplast core and balsa sandwich but ditched the coro.
This isn't the same one but it gives you the idea.
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Old Mar 12, 2010, 08:17 PM
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Hey, breaking open an old thread here.

Has anyone used "Thinners". Thet's what we call it here in Australia. Paint Thinners.

Thanx

Psi
I have been using general purpose spray paint thinners to thin Goop. Or Shoe Goo which is what we get here in Aus.
It seems to work fine, and is much cheaper.

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Old Mar 15, 2010, 12:32 AM
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I had a look in Bunnings when seeking a solvent for Shoe Goo. The paint thinners they had were quoted at something like 35% Tolulene. I dont think they quoted what the balance of the volume was, so I purchased the 1 litre can of Xylene (95%). It works well.
The only issue I has was on my Moth fuselage. I applied four or so coats of the thinned Shoe Goo and after it all dried I tried to paint it with a spray can of automotive touch up paint (black). I got a very splotchy matt type finish with some areas only being light grey. Anyway after about four more coats of paint and no improvement to the quality of the finish, I covered it in black Profilm. I think there is an incompatibility between the spray paint solvent and the Tolulene/Zylene in the Shoe Goo.
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