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Smoking Epoxy

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Just used some flex coat slow cure on a grip. Next mixed a batch for the reel seat after I rolled on some tape bushings. Same procedure each time (warmed bottles with warm tap water), same bottles of epoxy. The epoxy I mixed for the reel seat began to harden after about 7 minutes. Once it started to harden it was solid in about 2 minutes and while it was hardeneing before my eyes started to give off a white smoke. The reel seat turned as I aligned it with the spine of the rod and acted normally even when the epoxy in the cup had completely hardened. Anyone ever had this happen or know why it happened?
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yes i have had it happen. it's due to having too much flex coat rod epoxy in a small container. the chemical reaction and curing after mixing is quicker due to the small container and the large volume of epoxy - say over 15 cc's.

resolution - prepare everything you need to do to the rod first - bushings, spined the blank if you want, scuff the blank and seat, locate the placement of the seat, have your epoxy application tool ready, etc. now, create an aluminum foil tray to spread out your epoxy onto. it should be fairly flat and a few inches wide in each direction. after mixing, pour epoxy onto that aluminum tray and apply. you will have much more application time now.
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