I just ordered the mini Arbe hand pump wax injector and the inside
of the wax compartment is very rough and caked with greasy sand. It
looks like they never finished it out after casting. There are
crevices in the bottom (i.e., the bottom isn’t a 90 degree angle
cylinder shape but has buckled bumpy lumps with crevices around the
corners) and they are jam packed with sand. I wiped at it with a
towel but it shredded and I used a metal pick to scrape the sand out
of the recessed bumps at the bottom but I still can’t wipe it clean
(it is an unwieldy thing to turn upside down and I don’t have a sink
big enough to upend it in at the studio).
Is this normal? Does anyone have an Arbe wax injector? Did you have
to clean it out upon receipt? Is the canister bottom normally so
bumpy and pocked?
** I just got a response from Arbe Machine. They say it’s normal, to
use a t-shirt rag to clean it out and that the sand burns out clean.
Does it really? I really don’t want to send it back if I don’t
have to (they offered to send me a new pot that the guy who wrote the
email will personally clean out himself). It just seems like the
amount of sand is excessive and the non-uniformity of the canister
bottom extreme and it chaps my hide that I got maybe a funky one
(although I guess fine and functional)