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How to apply Fixodrop without using an epilame bottle

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What would be a good method for applying Fixodrop without using a special epilame bottle?

Servicing my first ETA cal. 2824-2 I’m going to follow ETA’s tech sheet the best I can. Probably not necessary but that’s what I’ve made up my mind to do. This means I will have to treat certain parts with Fixodrop (8981, Fixodrop ES/BS-10).

No big deal, right? Wrong! Big deal! The Fixodrop 100 ml is £107 (incl. tax) and the epilame bottle is £162 (incl. tax). In total with shipping (to Sweden) that comes to £278 (€312/$352). These prices are from CousinsUK.com and those prices are competitive, trust me! So, for my money, I get a solution and a glass bottle, although a bit special. There are some less expensive epilame bottles, but the prices for these bottles are still "criminal".

Am I going to place an order? NO! The Fixodrop can be bought on eBay for approximately three times as much as offered by CousinsUK.com, but it can be bought in smaller quantities. So, that’s what I’ve done. I’ve ordered 10 ml (still very painful, $54 with shipping :pulling-hair-out:)

So, what would be a good method for applying the Fixodrop to the parts without using a special epilame bottle? As I understand it, Fixodrop is very volatile so I guess that can pose a challenge!?
 

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I use a little bottle like the pic, 30ml, got it at the drugstore. I fill it about 1/3 of the way. Escape wheel get plunged in with tweezers, cap jewels the same, for the pallets I dip closed #5 tweezers in which suck up a little, and deposit a bit on the stones.

My colleague uses a 10ml plastic lab bottle with a really fine spout, and squirts some on a fine artist's paintbrush (like really tiny) and applies where he wants.

I know they say to soak for a while but that's tricky to do keeping contact with just the pallet stones, and the quick dip really works fine.2413c0c2a0f66b0c6fab9a0f32edbce2.jpg

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4 minutes ago, Nucejoe said:

Hi nickelsilver, How about reversers ( winder module),  plunge in? 

Thanks in advance.

 

I plunge whatever I want to treat, except for the pallet fork, since it's been demonstrated that it's detrimental to epilame the fork slot and pivots.

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3 hours ago, Nucejoe said:

Hi nickelsilver, How about reversers ( winder module),  plunge in? 

Thanks in advance.

 

This is what ETA has to say about the reversers in the tech sheet:

"Do not wash. If the part is very dirty or rusty,
it should be exchanged for an original part
which is lubricated and delivered by
ETA SA."

Now, I saw Mark Lovick soak them in Lubeta V105, and that's what I'm going to do as well. Don't think you're supposed to treat them with Fixodrop.

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This is what ETA has to say about the reversers in the tech sheet:
"Do not wash. If the part is very dirty or rusty,
it should be exchanged for an original part
which is lubricated and delivered by
ETA SA."

Now, I
, and that's what I'm going to do as well. Don't think you're supposed to treat them with Fixodrop.
That's right- except for Rolex where it's mandatory (they won't work right without it).

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I too bought a small 10ml bottle some time ago.  I do not use epilame a lot so like others I needed to conserve as best as possible.  I eventually came to using an old package case from a balance complete purchase, a small round item with lid.  This is big enough for the few items I have had to do.  I fill it from the bottle, immerse the item for 5 mins, then allow the item to dry under a warm light bulb.  The remaining epilame is then poured back in the bottle for next time.  It says its very volatile but not so that it just vanishes as soon as you use it!  I gather that for surfaces that need to retain oil then they should be run dry for a few minutes to remove the epilame from the working surface (which needs to retain lube) but leaves it on the non working surfaces which need to be lube free.

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20 hours ago, nickelsilver said:
 
 
 
20 hours ago, VWatchie said:

 

That's right- except for Rolex where it's mandatory (they won't work right without it).

Found an interesting and rather extensive article about it here.

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I've just bought a small amount of the Horotec Episurf-Neo, which is advertised as a 'next gen' epilame treatment.

Directions for use say 30 second dip, 60 second dry at air temperature. So no heat required.

I too am looking for a cheap DIY alternative to the special dip bottle. I've been experimenting with the little filter baskets from the water inlets on washing machines! Haven't found the perfect solution yet, but I'm working on it!

 

 

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