Advice on shaping resin

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Advice on shaping resin

Joined: September 30th, 2006, 8:55 am

January 25th, 2016, 8:08 pm #1

I have the resin bumpers for the LWS, and I have to do some bending and shaping. I have never used resin before and have only a vague conviction that I should use steam. Would someone please give me some guidance.
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Joined: February 22nd, 2001, 4:07 am

January 25th, 2016, 9:01 pm #2

You can better regulate the heating with a pot of very hot water (not boiling). Plus it'll be safer than steam. Once you get it to the shape you desire, quickly dip it into a cool water bath to lock it into place. If you don't like it, try and try again. Good luck
Roy Chow
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Joined: September 30th, 2006, 8:55 am

January 25th, 2016, 9:09 pm #3

Perhaps a silly question, but how do you handle it? Gloves? Tongs/tweezers?
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Joined: May 1st, 2005, 8:47 pm

January 27th, 2016, 9:46 pm #4

Hi Michael

The answer to your query is Yes! Whichever and whatever will get the job done without burning you. I very often hold one end while pouring hot water from kettle on the other end. When cool, turn around and repeat!

I do have to say that some things still have me stumped. I have a fine tank transporter body, but the chassis, which is part of the same piece of resin, is clearly warped!

Chris
Last edited by Chris Grove on January 27th, 2016, 9:46 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Joined: September 30th, 2006, 8:55 am

January 29th, 2016, 1:25 am #5

I picked a piece that is really heavy in the center, i.e., where it needs to bend, and thins towards each side.
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