benton B

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  1. benton B

    New to lure building and the site

    Here is my method for sealing a balsa baits. 1 coat of super glue rubbed into the bait, sand then 1 coat of epoxy, prime and paint.
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    Crank Bill/Lips Lexan

    I have baits that I built 18yrs ago and the lexan bills are still good. You must have got some acrylic by mistake, that stuff will become brittle in cold temps.
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    Hilite coating

    I've mixed hilite powders with transparent base and it sprays well. You just have to play with base coats to see what gives the best effect.
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    New Top Coat Coming To Town

    Is this product similar to Flex Coat rod finish
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    Top coat question

    Sounds like the wood is not fully sealed and air from the wood is causing your problem. You can exhale on devcon to pop surface bubbles.
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    Any "REAL" custom crank bait makers left?

    Tally, I started here in 2003 as well and Skeeter was my mentor thru the early learning. I spent many hours on the phone with that guy getting grilled on the proper way to build a bait. I still use the same methods today and I do consider myself a custom builder. I'm still hand carving all my baits and can build about 30 different baits from top water to true deep runners. I answer questions on here from time to time but seems most guys now only paint plastic blanks. I hate painting so I have nothing to offer most of the new guys paint better than me.
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    Ron E. Bee Crankbaits

    You can post pics on FB in Wood Bait Nation, those guys will know for sure.
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    Ron E. Bee Crankbaits

    Are there 3 ink pen marks on the tail by the hook hanger? If so those are originals.
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    My compressor is from Sears and has a 20gal tank so I can paint like 10 baits before I refill the tank. It is very loud when running but I only need to fill the tank maybe once per painting session.
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    Crankbait build coat

    My method is 1 coat of super glue, 1 coat of epoxy, 1 coat of primer
  11. benton B

    Best chartreuse airbrush lacquer

    Look at house of kolor paints, several guys here used that paint back in the day.
  12. benton B

    Big prop baits

    I like my prop baits with just a hint of tail down in the water. You should look at the old devil's horse for a reference. I've never built a prop bait as big as you are planning.
  13. benton B

    Painting over etex

    I don't use etex but I do use a coat of flex coat rod builder's epoxy over every bait before I paint. Never had a problem with water based paint not sticking to the epoxy coat.
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    Sealing Balsa Cranks

    I use 1 coat of super glue to make a hard outer shell and then a coat of epoxy for smooth surface to paint.
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    Using masking tape

    Blue painter's tape works well for me and does not leave the residue behind.