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what do you guys use to fill slate seams - 10-07-2009, 07:19 PM

i have been using beeswax for along time and havent tried anything else, just wondering if there is something that works as fast but WORKS better

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slate seams - 10-08-2009, 03:43 AM

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i have been using beeswax for along time and havent tried anything else, just wondering if there is something that works as fast but WORKS better

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I like the bee's wax its easy to use and if you have to move the table it comes off with no problems,
  
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10-08-2009, 08:50 AM

Has anyone used the blue wax that's supposedly designed for seaming slate? Is it any better than pure beeswax?
  
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10-08-2009, 08:54 AM

Last time I moved a table with blue wax in the seam it had about the consistency of candle wax. I'm not saying it was the same stuff you guys are talking about...who knows, it could have been candle wax! I always had pretty good success with filtered beeswax until I tried bondo. I was skeptical at first and thought it would make it hard to separate the slates when you go to move the table. After trying it, it is faster to apply, doesn't sink into center slate holes like beeswax, won't soften if it's near a heat source in the winter, and did I mention it's faster to apply?

I was a doubter until I tried it.


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10-08-2009, 11:15 AM

I remember RKC recommended bondo.
  
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10-08-2009, 07:13 PM

remember guys, when you use bondo you need to score the seam when you dis-assemble the table otherwise you could get some flaking of the slate.
  
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material - 10-08-2009, 07:44 PM

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remember guys, when you use bondo you need to score the seam when you dis-assemble the table otherwise you could get some flaking of the slate.
It is preference. i used beeswax, Now i use bondo. Less cleanup, easier and you do not have to carry a torch.

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It is preference. i used beeswax, Now i use bondo. Less cleanup, easier and you do not have to carry a torch.

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bondo - 10-09-2009, 12:54 PM

You should really ask Jay. He loves to help people with bondo. LOL
He will know what i am talking about.
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works better? what are you having problems with?
  
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works better? what are you having problems with?
well beeswax is not perfect for ever, here in the midwest we have lots of temp and humidity changes and if i could prevent seams popping for good then my job would be easier/better. i dont have alot of issues with it but 1 is more then enough. esp for a tech that cares about what he is doing
  
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10-09-2009, 06:00 PM

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well beeswax is not perfect for ever, here in the midwest we have lots of temp and humidity changes and if i could prevent seams popping for good then my job would be easier/better. i dont have alot of issues with it but 1 is more then enough. esp for a tech that cares about what he is doing
It would be nice if there was a way to prevent the seams from popping.


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well beeswax is not perfect for ever, here in the midwest we have lots of temp and humidity changes and if i could prevent seams popping for good then my job would be easier/better. i dont have alot of issues with it but 1 is more then enough. esp for a tech that cares about what he is doing
Dou you use super glue and paper as a wick betweek the slates?
  
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10-09-2009, 07:08 PM

Most if not all joint/seam failures are a result of the slates not being screwed down tight enuff or not glued together,which allows them to move just a bit,which will cause any seam filler to slowly dergade and then show thru the cloth . Here in VA we have drastic temp. changes, for example it can be 65-70 degrees at va beach and 175 miles in where I am it is snowing, the next day it's 70,day before it was 35 .Humidity is high here as well, my friends visit from Jersey in May and they say it's like being in a jungle, I say it's May come back in August.

The seam fillers fail when the slates are allowed to move. Bondo may hold them together a bit longer but the problem is still the moving slates doing the damage.

Do you glue your slates together somehow? If not that is the answer to your problem. I can honestly say that it's been over 4 yrs (200ish tables a yr)since I have had a beeswaxed filled joint/seam or screw hole fail on me.

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Most if not all joint/seam failures are a result of the slates not being screwed down tight enuff,which allows them to move just a bit,which will cause any seam filler to slowly dergade and then show thru the cloth . Here in VA we have drastic temp. changes, for example it can be 65-70 degrees at va beach and 175 miles in where I am it is snowing, the next day it's 70,day before it was 35 .Humidity is high here as well, my friends visit from Jersey in May and they say it's like being in a jungle, I say it's May come back in August.

The seam fillers fail when the slates are allowed to move. Bondo may hold them together a bit longer but the problem is still the moving slates doing the damage.

Do you glue your slates together somehow? If not that is the answer to your problem. I can honestly say that it's been over 4 yrs (200ish tables a yr)since I have had a beeswaxed filled joint/seam fail on me.
congrats on the slate sucess, i have never used glue as i was unawear to that process. could you expalin your method on useing glue
  
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