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Apprentice

Registered: 07-2004
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Latex Drying Time


how long should i leave latex
in the mold ?
im almost finished with my sculpt
and i should be ready to cast in
about a week.

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Re: latex question


if you're brushing it in: until it drys. If you're "slushing" it in; many factors depend on the desired thickness, the humidity level, temperature, etc. there's no real set time.

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Re: latex question


You can rush it using heat or fan.

Paul

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Re: latex question


A dehumidifier set right in front of it will rush it a little too.

~Tim :batfly

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Re: latex question


thanks everyone.
i'll try brushing for the first cowl
and slushing for the second.
i'll try to post pics when i'm finished.
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Re: latex question


While I am no expert, here's what I do:

1) Brush in the first coat, fit the mold halves together and put the bungee cords in place to secure them.

2) Slush a bit around after that, then drain about 10 minutes and place in front of a fan on low for about 10 minutes.

3) Slush 3 more coats in using step 2 above. Last time, place in front of the fan and let it dry. I have a fan that isn't that high-powered, so I usually wait three days to take it out. Just to make sure.

Hope this helps. I'm sure others will have ways that work for them.

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Bottom line. If you do everything right and use the right plaster. You can just fill the thing up with latex let it sit for two hours dump it out stand it up and open it twenty four hours later without doing anything in most cases.

The even with out building layers or using fans or dryers the plaster does all the work of absorbing the water out of the latex. The brushing is to have less air bubbles and does help but it is not always neccesary.

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Re: latex question


thanks bros,
i dont know about doing everything right.
this is my first,im bound to screw something up!lol what is the right kind of plaster?
thanks for all the help. :cheers
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Personally, I use Ultracal. It's best if you can find it somewhere near you. The shipping charges will be as much as the UC itself, maybe even more.

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Re: latex question


the closes place for me to get ultracal
is about 2-3hours away.how good will
regular plaster work? i mean if its best
to go with ultracal i have a vacation
coming up in about a week.i can always
take a road trip. :batfly
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