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  2. SouthBelleGroveOutdoors

    Beginner painting questions

    Thanks BobP, For #3 I meant hook eyes. Any ideas?
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  4. Washougal

    Reinforcing ceramic guides

    The most reported guide failure is tip tops, it's always the guide's fault not the lures, sinkers, swivels, etc. that are reeled up guickly to the point of trying to strain them through the tip top. Easy question, no matter what type rod, when you apply a load the tip top and first guides and the rod blank all will all straighten out and point towards the load. How much tension is on the guide in this position? Not much huh? Approaching zit point nada compared to the guides further back? Than why are these the guides that fall out the most? The load you do see, in which direction is it? 90° from the direction a guide ring has to travel to leave the guide frame huh? Seems to me for a ring to come out you have to massively distort, or break the guide frame while under fishing conditions, maybe a small guide and a massive top shot knot throwing a heavy weight might do it, but really who controls that? Not the rod or guide manufacturer.
  5. J.Bowerman

    One of my favorites.

    That’s a beast right there. I don’t have the patience to get one dialed in and run right as far as design goes.
  6. mrdj487

    Antifreeze Color

    I am wanting to make some Antifreeze colored Spoons/Blade's.. Whats the best color or technique to get antifreeze color or is there a paint that's that color? Thanks for the Help
  7. BobP

    Beginner painting questions

    Blank plastic bodies often have oil or other petroleum contaminants on them that were part of the manufacturing process. It’s a good idea to wipe them down with alcohol before painting. Chinese blank factories could often care less about “touch ups”. I just use white airbrush paint as a color basecoat. Specifically, I like Polytranspar Superhide White because it has lots of white pigment and dries quickly to a hard smooth finish. There are other brands that have “hide” or “cover” in their names designed for the same purpose. Aerosol whites can be used but why bother? Also, I hate the strong chemical smell the exude long after application. One bait in my box can stink up all the baits in there. I put in the eyes before topcoating and it’s rare that there’s any problem just leaving the topcoat over them. Besides, it helps keep them stuck into their recesses. The only time I have problems is if I try to use eyes that don’t fit well in the recesses. If they are too large, you can get an air pocket under the eye and when the epoxy is curing and producing heat, the air will expand and cause a bubble in the topcoat.
  8. SouthBelleGroveOutdoors

    Beginner painting questions

    Hello, I'm still fairly new to painting hard baits with 30ish baits done so far. I just started using blank crankbaits. I have a few questions; 1. Do you clean the plastic crankbait blanks before applying the base coat? I have had a few blanks where the base coat didn't coat the bait well. It looked like the paint beaded a little as if oil or something was on the blank. I don't use gloves yet, but I don't finger up the baits either. I also think the person packaging the blanks to sell would touch them up anyhow. 2. I haven't heard of anyone using a spray paint primer for a base coat. Before I got my airbrush I used a white primer but then used spray paint to paint the baits. I tried it this week and didn't see any problems when applying airbrush paint on top. Is the reason I don't see it being used based on cost? Is it just as easy to use airbrush paint? I would think that grabbing the spray paint can would be quicker than cleaning the airbrush out. 3. After the final clear coat, how do you clean out any eyes that are filled with epoxy? I tried a jig eyebuster and also used my small HF dremel. TIA, Matt
  9. basscatlildave

    5in fluke molds

    This one maybe https://store.do-itmolds.com/Wutz-It-Forktail--5--4-Cavity_p_1245.html
  10. Chuck Young

    Cedar Run Outdoors Blanks

    There is probably no way to tell. Most who sell blanks need to reach a certain order quantity before they are able to restock.
  11. Ray Ray's DW

    5in fluke molds

    Need help finding a 5in fluke mold
  12. walleyeking

    How To Make This Color?

    Its smoke with blue hi-lite powder and halo silver glitter.
  13. Washougal

    Reinforcing ceramic guides

    There is always some sort of abuse if a guide fails and you've checked the guides prior to using the rod. They get dropped, slapping the guides on the floor, etc., they get pulled out of rod lockers, rod racks, etc. after they have hung up. They get stepped on, thrown in the back of the truck and have the spare roll, or slide over them. Any amount of things people disregard in a day's fishing. Same thing with rods that break while casting, or setting the hook. All guides are built over-engineered for the job they're selected for, I've got a rod I built 30+ years ago that has the same guides you see on a light bass rod, it was designed to catch sturgeon to 10 ft, using weighs to 48 oz. They are Fuji SV series guides, and have never had a guide failure. Can't think of one rod I have that has ever failed with mine, or someone elses help.
  14. azsouth

    Cedar Run Outdoors Blanks

    well, the one I have been waiting for them to restock has been about a year, depends on the popularity of the blank.
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  16. MuskyGary

    Glitter nail polish

    Thanks, I never thought about the Createx transparent base. Will give that a try.
  17. All Eyes

    One of my favorites.

    These are very cool! A while ago I was sketching up some ideas for 6" blade baits, but never got around to making any. Here is one of my drawings. I don't have any aluminum or stainless thin enough to attempt it yet. Thought about a weighted resin body but still just a thought at this point.
  18. NCSinkers

    Reinforcing ceramic guides

    Thanks for the feedback. I was thinking of applying a very thin coat of low viscosity 2-part epoxy or uv cure epoxy around the ceramic eye hoping some would wick into any joints formed between the guide and eye. I couldn't think of any disadvantages that would be created by applying the material since it is applied to the outside of the eye where there is no contact by the line. I was able to find a lot of rod reviews were people have complained about the eyes popping out of the guides without abuse, but wasn't able to come up with any feedback on applying something to the guides as a preventative measure. Maybe I will try it out and follow up down the road if it seems to make a difference. Thanks again. Much appreciated.
  19. OIR

    web site editing

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  20. blackjack

    Help with jointed glide bait

    I think the plastic idea is an excellent one . I will be experimenting with solid garolite rod in 1/8" and 3/16" and will post my progress this coming week!
  21. myers365

    G Man Balling Out Jig

    I ordered that one. I really couldn’t tell in the pictures of the balling out jig if it was a 60° hook or different angle. Thank you!!
  22. BobP

    Pebble Lures?

    The density weights are per cubic feet, not square feet. Duh.
  23. mark poulson

    Glitter nail polish

    I mix .015 glitter in Createx transparent base, and brush it on over my paint scheme before I add a clear. Just be sure the paint is really dry first, and don't over brush.
  24. mark poulson

    Help with jointed glide bait

    I use sst wire, either .051 cutoffs from my whopper plopper shafts, or spinnerbait wire, that I get from LPO. http://www.lurepartsonline.com/Online-Store/Wire-Shafts/Looped-End-Wire-Shafts.html
  25. Kris

    Cedar Run Outdoors Blanks

    Does anyone know how long it usually takes Cedar Run to restock there Out of Stock blanks?
  26. azsouth

    avid bass tackle

    It really is to bad, they have some nice blanks.
  27. smalljaw

    G Man Balling Out Jig

    The mold Erick mentioned is what I would use as well. The thing you need to know is that mold is that there are 2 other molds in the same style but different weights. You can get the same jig in 1/8, 3/16, and 1/4oz as well as 5/16, 3/8, and 7/16oz. So depending on the size you need you can make something similar in all but the 3/4oz size. The hook is different as well and it depends on where you are going to use this jig, for example I love this jig as a finesse jig like the Eakins jig, I use the Eagle Claw 2798 black platinum for that application. I also make that jig as heavy cover finesse jig in a 3/8oz weight that I use the 3/0 Eagle Claw 2706 black platinum which is a heavy wire hook, I like the 3/0 because it makes the jig more compact and I get hung up a lot less than I do when using a larger hook. The main difference in that mold is it uses the flat eye style hook rather than a regular eye like the ballin' out jig but it is just as versatile. The ballin' out jig will be a little better in brush and weeds as a flipping bait while the weedless round head we are talking about will be a little better in rock and being dragged on the bottom but the head style makes it very versatile so it can be used in just about every way the same way the ballin' out jig can.
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