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Forum topic by Meanderawl posted 09-27-2020 09:13 PM 295 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-27-2020 09:13 PM

Have used Inlace inlay kits in the past for decorative effect on small turnings. Planning on trying to turn some braclets and thought some inlay would set them off. Problem is i’m out of Inlace and hate to spend more on a product that I usually only use less than half of until i let it sit and harden up to unusable. I do have some pen blank resin purchased at a show last year. I have used this product in the past also with the same thing happening, i.e. not using the whole can before it becomes unusable. Noticed the the Inlace granuales are a lot cheaper than buying the entire pre mixed kit. I guess my question is, can i mix the Inlace granuales with the pen blank resin and get the same results as using the kit? Will the granuale form sand and polish smooth like i’ve done with the kits? Any experience or input on this method would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 09-28-2020 12:34 AM

Buy smaller quantities. Alumilite sells pint kits. Regarding the granules, mix them right and they’ll work just like the pre-mixed kits.

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#2 posted 09-28-2020 01:41 AM

Inlace is just a polyester resin, so there isn’t anything really special about it. The web site says it has a shelf life of about a year, but I’m pretty sure that shelf life is only because of the hardener (MEKP), which does go bad over time. If you want a longer shelf life, then Epoxy may be a better choice. It works about the same as polyester, can use the same fillers, and will last years on the shelf.

As for mixing stuff in yourself – hell yes! Polyester and Epoxy both will take all sorts of fillers, pigments and dyes to alter it’s look – and a wide variety of stuff can be used to do so… you don’t need to stick to the inlace fillers unless those are what you want. I’ve used everything from old coffee grounds to metal filings from a key making machine and never had an issue.


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#3 posted 09-28-2020 01:30 PM

I would purchase the filler of your choice as a stand alone product.
it will last forever. buying the filler pre-added in a resin limits you to
the use of that product. sometimes you want more filler – sometimes less.
sometimes you may want to mix different colors, yada yada yada.
so having different colors and textures in your box is always a good thing.
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#4 posted 09-28-2020 05:17 PM

Thanks for the replies. Going to be saving some money now by using the resin I already have and adding the granuales or other type filler. (I guess that means I can use that savings to buy another tool at twice the cost of what I saved! Oh well, I’m sure you all know how that works) Thanks again, and I will try to get some projects posted here. In the mean time feel free to check out my blog by clicking on the Meanderawl signature to the left.

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#5 posted 09-29-2020 05:46 PM

Wow another idea just popped into my head, thats two this week! I’ve been using StopLoss bags for my varnish and have been pleased with the results. Varnish does seem to remain useable a lot longer than letting it skim over and harden in the can. Now wondering if it would make sense to transfer the resin from the metal can into a StopLoss bag or will the chemical makeup of the polyester resin will eat through the plastic bag. Any thoughts or experience?

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