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    Posted: 09/19/2022 at 10:51am
I realize there are many opinions regarding this. Here is an experiment that I did.


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I feel like you're overdoing it.  I just barely dampen blades.  When it dries you shouldn't even see the sealant.

Unless, of course, your goal is to harden the blade
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While I admit to wanting to "provoke" a change in playing properties (hence two layers), the applied layers were really thin, as thin as they can be whilst ensuring that the entire surface is covered. I scraped the sponge quite hard across the surface.  
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Originally posted by cole_ely cole_ely wrote:

I feel like you're overdoing it.  I just barely dampen blades.  When it dries you shouldn't even see the sealant.

Unless, of course, your goal is to harden the blade

I also use Revolution water based sealant, but in a way that its seal the blade but the rubber is still attach very well, so:
I cover the blade with a relatively thin->thick layer of varnish. I let it absorb a little into the wood fiber, then I wipe quickly along the length of the fiber with a nasal napkin or thick Kutchen paper, so that the excess will be well absorbed. I let it dry for 1 hour, then I sand very gentile with 1500-grit sandpaper. The blade remains very smooth, the varnish penetrates superficially into the wood fiber, so it's prevent the water absorption, but the surface remains quite adherent and does not change its properties. The purpose of the abrasive paper is to remove the very fine layer of varnish that is on the surface of the fiber, allowing an even better adhesion (the sanding it may be skipped, depending on the type of surface veneer).



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thanks for the review - I doubt any player  would want to do a test like this on their own with the cost of many blades
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I didn't have any difficulties attaching the rubbers to the Revo 3 sealed blade, but yes, if I did, I would lightly sand (and not apply as much next time) 
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Originally posted by tom tom wrote:

thanks for the review - I doubt any player  would want to do a test like this on their own with the cost of many blades

Yeah, so far I have made a staggering $2 off that video Tongue You are welcome to stop by my tip jar at the bottom of my (primitive) website. Proceeds, in one way or other, go towards TT videos/experiments.
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I used to use Minwax, but changed to Emmett's Good Stuff. I use an old t shirt to apply it to the handle and blade. I put on the first very thin coat, let it dry, and put on one more very thin coat. I have experienced no problems with water based glues adhering the sponge to the blade, and the rubbers peel off very nicely. 
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I RECEIVED A TIP. Thank you !!!
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You're making great videos, and an  "staggering $2 " is quite few for the time and effort that you spent on that video. To bad that PayPal has such high fees :(
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