Johnson & Johnson for Boat Repair

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chipveres
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Johnson & Johnson for Boat Repair

Post by chipveres » Tue Oct 19, 2021 12:40 pm

Some useful products are available at the "baby" aisle of your grocery or drugstore. In keeping with the baby theme, you only buy these when you need a small quantity. Baby powder is the talc we use to thicken epoxy resin, but baby powder smells better. To remove a small bubble from a compass, sniff the existing fluid. If it smells like alcohol, it IS alcohol and 91% medicinal alcohol can be used for a top-up. If it has a slightly oily smell, it's mineral oil and baby oil is needed. Someplace nearby is the ear bulb or syringe you need to get the fluid through the fill hole. Refrigerate the compass for a day ahead of time and you should be able to get out the last tiny bubble out when the compass returns to room temperature.

Chip V.
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wakataka
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Re: Johnson & Johnson for Boat Repair

Post by wakataka » Tue Oct 19, 2021 1:03 pm

Great tip about refrigerating the compass! Never thought of that.

chipveres
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Re: Johnson & Johnson for Boat Repair

Post by chipveres » Tue Oct 19, 2021 4:23 pm

I stole it from another sailor on a different board. But I tried it on my Danforth compass and it does work.
Chip V.

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