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Question Wood Stabilizer products.

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My first question is regarding wood stabilizers. Has anyone here used any of the products available on the market and what has been your experience with them? I have read numerous sales fluff about the different products out there and I am hoping to correspond with someone that has used any of them and has had formed an experienced/educated opinion on such products. Cactus Juice and Stick Fast Stabilizing resin so far have become what I am interested in. Expensive stuff! Any experience out there with these or other "like" products?
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I think it depends on what you're stabilizing and how. Cactus Juice is intended to be used in a vacuum chamber and then baked to cure it. In my research, every thing I read lead me to cactus juice. It is a bit pricey, but you can re-use the left over. It's still a lot cheaper than a vacuum chamber and a vacuum pump.
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I've used cactus juice, and I'm pretty satisfied with it. You need a vacuum pump and chamber, but that's true of most stabilizers, and cactus juice seems to be one of the only ones that doesn't require any sort of catalyst mixed in. Smells kinda nice too

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How much vacuum do you have to pull?

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How much vacuum do you have to pull?

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As much as you possibly can. The higher the vacuum, the more air you pull from the microscopic cavities in the wood and the more the resin can penetrate

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