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Re: Wax question [Re: Mad Scientist] #7262276
05/11/21 01:19 PM
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Stick a hose In the bucket and let It over flow with the waste wax.


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Re: Wax question [Re: The Beav] #7262288
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Originally Posted by The Beav
Stick a hose In the bucket and let It over flow with the waste wax.

Thanks Beav thatís been my method but came up with a new one today.I took my pot off cooker and headed out to the hose and spotted a barrel full of water.I sunk pot to the bottom and the wax almost flew out of water.You could even harvest wax with minnow net for fire starter.Learned something new today.

Re: Wax question [Re: The Beav] #7262563
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Originally Posted by The Beav
I think he meant he cleans the traps In lye water then dyes them then waxes them. Wax on top of water wont give you a decent wax job. The trap needs to be as hot as the wax to do a decent job.

I hear this all the time. I've waxed traps with wax on top of the water since I was a kid and never had a problem. You just need to leave the traps in the water long enough they are the same temperature as the water, and the wax floating on top of the water will be the same temperature also. Pulling hot traps out of hot water through hot wax the water flows off the trap and you get a nice even, thin coat of wax on the trap. If you didn't leave the traps in long enough, you'll know it! They will come out with a thick, lumpy, flakey coat of wax on them.

Re: Wax question [Re: Mad Scientist] #7262625
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Originally Posted by Mad Scientist
Originally Posted by The Beav
I think he meant he cleans the traps In lye water then dyes them then waxes them. Wax on top of water wont give you a decent wax job. The trap needs to be as hot as the wax to do a decent job.

Iím talking about wax from used traps that floats up to the top of lye water.

I boil in lye, when time to pull them, I overflow the crud on top and pull and rinse. I might get 2 batches out of a good strong solution. After all the traps are clean I make new solutions of logwood dye (extract). I overflow those too before pulling the traps. Into the wax pot before they cool too much but after the traps dry a bit.

The Beav is right. Gotta leave traps in the pot till they are hot as the wax. That is for me until they stop bubbling. Thatís the excess water from the dye boiling off. The wax coating will be super thin and more durable that way.

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Re: Wax question [Re: Mad Scientist] #7262708
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Water will not get as hot as the wax so the trap won't get as hot as the wax. So In my opinion you can't get a decent job. But If It works for you go for It.

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