benton B

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  1. Tacky Etex

    Mix 1:1 do not add more hardener it will affect the mixed batch. Let the mixed batch sit for 8-10 min before brushing on your baits.
  2. Wildlife Colors iridescent blue

    taxidermy sites will carry wildlife colors, the one Hughesy posted is the company I deal with for paint.
  3. ETex topcoat problems

    I had the same issue using flexcoat with a fast lure turner. I now use a turner that rotates at 6rpm and no more problem with pooling.
  4. ETex topcoat problems

    Your turner is moving too fast for a thin clear coat. Let the mixed batch of etex sit for about 8-10 min before you coat a lure so it's not so thin.
  5. Sealing Wooden Crank preferences

    I install the hardware before sealing. 1 coat super glue to harden the wood, 1 coat epoxy to seal the wood.
  6. Barrel twist wire screw eye

    I use a cordless drill with a small allen wrench chucked, I think it's 5mm. Bend your wire into a U shape grab the tag ends with vise grips, slip loop over the allen wrench and slowly twist.

    I'm in the camp with Bobp, very good notes are keep on each body style I build. Each body style has it's own formula for ballast weight, line tie position, lip angle, lip depth, line tie and hook hanger weights, and finally the wood blank weight. When that bait is finished it will be within of .010 of the finished weight in the formula or that bait does not make the cut. This is the process I use and it works for me. I do all my field testing in the warmer months.

    I've been building the same models of cranks for years now and never put one in the water to see if runs. If you follow a repeatable formula for building your cranks then there should not be any problems from the 1st bait to 100th bait. If you make a change in the formula then you might run into problems.
  9. Flip flop paints

    Wildlife colors has a blue/red flip flop paint. That might give you color change you are looking for.
  10. System Three Syringes

    I would go to mud hole and get the syringes made for rod finish.
  11. Few Testing/ballast and lexan issues

    You need to counter rotate the props to keep the bait sitting correctly in the water. Just bend the back prop opposite of the front and that should keep the bait from rolling. Lexan is going to scratch no matter what you do to it. Super glue is a great for sealing the wood for a quick water test.
  12. Flex coat lure finish

    Flex coat is measured by volume, use the syringes it's a big help. I had some problems with a batch not curing and it was mix problem. The next batch cured just fine. You must use a turner. I build ultra light cranks from balsa and still use flex coat as my clear coat, never had a issue with it.
  13. Wood Carving

    I used the x-acto wood carving knife and then made my own handle from red wood. If the blade gets dull I toss it and get a new blade from the pack.
  14. Flex coat lure finish

    I've been using flex coat products to build and clear coat my baits for many years. Once I learned how to use the product I've neverran into any problems. If you used etex then flex coat rod epoxy will be easy. I use flex coat ultra v high build, 2 coats with at least 15hrs between coats.
  15. Wood Carving

    carving knife and sand paper is all that is needed