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solarez mold1

mold making

solarez mold1

Fixing my son's surf board gave me an idea.
Since Solarez is runny, but can be layered, I decided to try and use it to make a soft plastic mold.
I crazy glued a Yum Wooly Craw, with all those ribs, smooth side down onto a piece of formica.
Then I made a temporary form out of blue tape around the outside, leaving enough space for strength.
Finally, I brushed on several coats of Solarez, taking each coat out into the driveway for a minute to let it start setting up before brushing on another.
Finally, I filled the tape form to above the bait by pouring more Solarez on top, and set it out to cure in the sun for ten minutes.
Once it seemed hard, I peeled away the blue tape, to let more UV's hit the sides for another five minutes.
Finally, I peeled the formica off slowly and, Voila!. A mold with all the detailed ribs.
It's not a perfect mold, because the original bait has some relief on the bottom that I lost when I glued it down, but it is a relatively easy and quick way to make a soft plastic mold.
I was able to peel the master out, but the heat of the resin setting was really strong, even after a half hour.
I sanded both faces down to smooth, drilled vent holes from the back for the two side flippers, and sprayed it with PAM as a release agent. Then I hand poured it with some med. plastic I already had sitting in a silicone cup.
I was really happy with the results.
It took about an hour, from start to taking the new bait out of the mold.

    Great....something else I've got to try !!!!..Lol..Great job Mark
    mark poulson
    Mar 27 2014 01:36 PM

    I live to serve, or, at least, to complicate your life even more by giving you more to do!  Hahaha

    The UV light box I have, a nail salon box, has a removable panel opposite the light bulbs, so, if it's not sunny and nice next time, I am going to try just putting the light box over the master, once it's full, and letting the light cure it out.