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Old 04-07-2014, 04:11 PM   #11 (permalink)
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you don't just run out and get a soldering iron from the hardware store... that would be useless.... you're thinking about a base welding gun, like this:

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you don't need it for that shot tho.... just use the candlestick.. watch a youtube vid or two - gotta keep it really close to the base as it drips so you don't get bubbles.. keep the flame supersmall and blue. just do the deepest parts, don't bother making it thru the whole gash. it'll just rip out.

edit - watched the vid, maybe not useless then, but certainly superfluous. you don't need a soldering iron to do that...

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I saw a few videos online where the guy is pressing it in with a solder. Kinda like the one posted above... Is that not proper?
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Old 04-07-2014, 04:17 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I saw a few videos online where the guy is pressing it in with a solder. Kinda like the one posted above... Is that not proper?
its not "improper", just unneeded. i've got 10+ year old candle-dripped coreshot repairs that will never lift out because they were done right...

hadn't seen soldering iron style before tbh - it may make it easier or more user-friendly but its not necessary for a good repair.
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The trick to ptex is to keep the candle low to the board and to keep it from producing an orange flame. If you can do that, the ptex won't be as brittle and when you drag the candle along it fills in much better. If you can do that then it will hold in those scrapes. Once you flush up the p tex, wax your board a few times and your good to go. Get a drywall cheese grater to scrape down the ptex. It works better than a blade.

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thanks guys, talked to one of my buddies who works in the shop in town, he said he would just drip it with the candle too. i appreciate the help.
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Old 04-07-2014, 06:59 PM   #16 (permalink)
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well heres the finished product, minus the wax.

it sucks i had to do this to the graphics on this base, but hey now its functional again.

after i took the flattening book off of it,
after the scrape,
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i feel a lot better now that its done.
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FWIW, I read somewhere that the dripping candles are not made to be permanent and that they have a higher wax content or something that allows them to burn. The sticks in the video won't burn and are supposed to hold better then the candles. I bought the iron and sticks and they work much better for me than candles.
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