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Andre

 

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How to use West epoxy system for tap... 

Anybody on the forum use West system epoxy to fix tap plates?
Is it easy to use and get a good result?
What is the method and materials used?

Cheers,
Andre
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 21 2021 9:41:11
 
Tom Blackshear

 

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RE: How to use West epoxy system for... (in reply to Andre

If you use epoxy to glue the tap plate on, then how do you remove it when you need a new plate?

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 23 2021 0:10:00
 
JasonM

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RE: How to use West epoxy system for... (in reply to Andre

Why not use self adhesive backed one from places like Madinter in Spain or LMI in the US?
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 23 2021 3:00:30
 
Tom Blackshear

 

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RE: How to use West epoxy system for... (in reply to JasonM

Make sure you have a clear plate from LMI. My last order from them was full of tiny air holes that I could not rub out....

It was almost catastrophic to remove the plate.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 23 2021 16:54:21
 
Andre

 

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RE: How to use West epoxy system for... (in reply to Tom Blackshear

As I recently found out, it's irreversible. Have dropped the idea of west epoxy.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 28 2021 11:45:05
 
Andre

 

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RE: How to use West epoxy system for... (in reply to JasonM

I'm in Australia.
Madinter won't ship to Australia and LMI's cheapest shipping option is $70 usd, that's ok if i was order other stuff as well but I'm just after the plates. I don't understand why they don't have a cheaper option.

Strings by mail sell 3M plates (which I think are not very good) but there International Priority Airmail option ( 7-14 days) is $6 usd.

So I was wondering if any forum members in Spain or the US could sell me some plates with some kind of airmail postage around $10. If Strings by mail can do, it must be possible.

Cheers,
Andre
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RE: How to use West epoxy system for... (in reply to Andre

I just got 10 plates from madinter and with no note on their website they have also switched to the 3m plates.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 28 2021 17:56:39
 
Andre

 

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RE: How to use West epoxy system for... (in reply to Stephen Eden

Stephen, maybe my message was a bit confusing. The company 'Strings by Mail' sell the 3M plates. Madinter sell a different type and that is what I'm trying to get.
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RE: How to use West epoxy system for... (in reply to Andre

Nope not confusing. As I said I just bought 10 plates from Madinter and they were the 3M kind. They used to sell something different.

Classical Autoadhesive Scratchplate See-Through.

I've been buying them from Madinter for the last 15 years. Now they are 3M, so I was not happy that they had not noted the change on their website. Because of the way I had to get them (Brexit related) I can't even send them back.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 29 2021 8:04:50
 
Andre

 

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RE: How to use West epoxy system for... (in reply to Stephen Eden

Ok, my apologies. I was the one that got confused.

Well if they are the same 3M plates I've been using I'd be cautious about using them. I just found it hard to get a nice transparent look over the entire plate. I wonder if the LMI plates are now 3M too?

I've just ordered some mylar and rabbit skin glue, going to experiment with that.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 29 2021 11:02:30
 
Tom Blackshear

 

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RE: How to use West epoxy system for... (in reply to Andre

Mylar has a harder surface than rigid vinyl but when it gets scratches in it, it's almost impossible to polish them out. However, I've used it on many of my guitars........

I used white poly vinyl glue with hot water to thin it down a little and roughed up the tap plate inside with 400 wet and dry sandpaper. Then applied the glue and then put down the plate and used a rubber roller to mash out all the air holes and white glue as much as possible, then let it dry.

The clean up around the plate is done with a soft damp towel, then dried off completely with a dry towel/rag. Don't let water dry on the finish or it may cause water spots.

I've had plates take as much as 3 days for the white color to dry clear. It depends how much white color you remove with the application, taking consideration to get all the air pockets pressed out. I recommend that you practice this on a smooth board first.

When the plate is ready to replace, just remove it with some hot water and clean up the glue with a hot water towel, and repeat the process. Repeating the process depends on the players use.

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