Tool Magic - Rubber Coating for Jewelry Tools 2 fl oz
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- Prevents tools from marring and scratching wire and chain Maille designs
- Dip the Plier tips into the jar and stand them upright for 2 to 3 hours to dry
- You can apply several coats for thicker coverage
- Tool magic will not damage your tools
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Use tool magic on tools to prevent scratching or marring your work. Dip the Plier tips into the jar and stand them upright for 2-3 hours to dry. You can apply several coats for thicker coverage. To remove, simply peel it off. Tool magic will not damage your tools.
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I have a YouTube video (sorry, can't post the link) which shows exactly how to use it and why I like it. But if you aren't into videos, the two most important tips for using it are:
Dip and pull it out of the Tool Magic slowly -- probably slower than you think you need to. You will get a nice thin, even coat. If you'd like a slightly thicker coat, wait an hour or so and dip slowly again. Thin coats wear better.
Let the Tool Magic dry on your pliers overnight, if possible, before using. I have lots of pliers so it's not an issue for me -- I have some drying while I work with others. But if overnight isn't an option, let them dry at least a couple of hours before using.
Now this will wear off your pliers (the tools I use it with), so do not expect the coating to last forever. I can usually get 5 or so hours of use out of it, before I need to strip off the coating and dip again. And when I say "5 or so hours" that is hours while my tool is actually touching the metal -- I am not counting the time where I am putting down my pliers. If I'm working with thinner-gauge wire (22 to 30), that time is significantly extended.
Hope this has helped!
A few things I found when working with it:
- It works best with a single coating that has been left to dry overnight. If used before the coat is completely dried and cured it will not last as long.
- Some people say a double coat works better, but I found the coat then gets too thick and gets in the way of properly gripping fine materials.
- If taking normal care a single coat should last for several hours of work. I personally keep two sets of tools coated so I can switch if one loses its coating.
- This is not suitable for working with hard materials such as stainless steel. Too much force is needed to work with such materials and the ToolMagic coating will quickly give away under the pressure.
- Shake well before use and make sure to keep the jar closed properly when not dipping your tools, it dries out quickly. If necessary it can be thinned by adding just a bit of the solvent Xylene (available at any decent hardware store).
The controversial stuff:
- There are similar products such as Plasti Dip and Liquid Electrical Tape. These have a slightly different composition but may work just as well. Some say even better. Especially Plasti Dip seems to last longer.
- Compared to Plasti Dip and Liquid Electrical Tape, ToolMagic is rather expensive for such a small jar.
Nevertheless, it delivers as promised.
Hope this helps.
I'm very disappointed, as the reviews here indicate it works well with light use. I even tried the double coat method some reviews mention and that seemed even worse, again an overnight dry and they stick together like it didn't dry 100%.
I don't know what to say, besides this stuff was an utter and complete waste of time and money and I would not recommend it even for the lightest of use- it simply does not work.