This is a 120 volt model of our base repair iron, designed for use in countries using 120 volt current, US, CAN, etc. for our 230 volt version (EU,AU,NZ, etc.) click here.
- Our base repair iron is a good choice for home tuners who have previously used drip candles to fill base gouges.
- It should be used on gouges greater than 1mm, it does not bond well to superficial scratches, if you want to fill gouges less than 1mm we suggest using P-Tex drip candles.
- It works with with p-tex repair ribbon, p-tex string or metalgrip so you can melt-in repairs that are more durable and cosmetically cleaner than drip candle repairs.
- The tool features a wooden handle and a ceramic heating element that heats-up quickly.
- Unlike soldering irons or woodburning tools that heat to 1000°F (538°C), it hovers around a safer 550°F (288°C) operating temperature.
- The tip can become slightly hotter if left unattended, up to 600°F (315°C) best to unplug if you think it will sit for 5 minutes or more.
- It comes with a narrow 3/16" flat nickel-plated copper tip, which melts and smoothes repair material to make pinpoint repairs without unnecessarily affecting surrounding base material.
- An optional 1/2 inch-widecurved tip for this iron is also available...it works better for melting P-Tex material into especially wide gouges or core shots (simply slide it on after slipping off the standard narrow tip).
- Replacement "standard" tips are available in case the one that came with the tool is damaged or lost.
- Click here to check out the video on how to use this tool to fill a gouge. Having trouble choosing between base repair pistol or Iron? Go Here
- Use on gouges that are greater than 1mm deep, this tool does not work well on minor scratches, use P-Tex candles for these.
- Try to keep the P-Tex that remains above the base as thin as possible so the heat can reach the base and so you don't have as much to remove.
- Don't let the hot tip touch the base, always keep a thin layer of P-Tex material between the iron tip and the base.
- P-tex repairs bond on a molecular level, you aren't trying to melt the P-Tex Base with the P-Tex Material, you just want the base to get warm enough to excite the molecules in the base and encourage them to bond with the repair material.
- Use a Surform tool followed by a sharp metal scraper, working from the center of the repair to the extremities at first to reduce the possibility of "pulling" the repair.