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  1. Looks like I’ll go with the paints from spike-it. Hopefully I’ll have my new molds made in the next two weeks. Looking forward to trying something new. Thanks for the help. DaveB.
  2. I spend most of my time making hard baits and multi-color soft plastic pours. I am in the process of making two new soft plastic swimbaits that I want to paint after the pours. The only soft plastic paints I can find are the ones from Spike-it. Impressions on that paint, if you use it, or other recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks, DaveB.
  3. Mark, I have found, at least so far, that I prefer the AC1315 much better than the GST concrete sealers for hardness and issues of curing fully on my hardbaits. Although I was having some issues with the GST not fully curing on a number of baits of different color schemes I have had a few issues with the AC1315 but only with Createx and Folk Art Pearl Whites. I also had a plastic swimbait that came in contact with a bait with one of these brands white color and had the plastic start to melt but I caught it after only a few days. It was not melting into the hardbait at the color change. When I get a little more time I want to do some more specific testing to see if I can isolate the problem. DaveB.
  4. For some form of reference I can de-mold, insert all components for new bait, mix and pour resin in roughly 15 minutes and essentially have a bait ready to paint. The slot "pins" integrated into the mold made s HUGE difference in appearance and time saving. DaveB. KelpKritter
  5. This was my least favorite and hardest part to get right when I was using wood and PVC to shape my jointed swimbaits. When I changed to resin I incorporated the slots into the mold and they are clean and perfect every time. My method was to take a piece of schedule 40 PVC pipe and ripped it lengthwise on the table saw. Once I had a two foot long section of now crescent shaped pipe I slowly heated it with a heat gun and when it became pliable I pressed it between two sheets of plywood and let it cool. Now I had a flat piece to work with. I then ripped the flat stock to the desired width. Then moving to the bandsaw I cut small sections to fit the mold. Before the mold was cast in RTV I cut the slots in the master with a Dremel bit, inserted the PVC, and filled any gaps or imperfections around the area with filler. Now I was ready to pour the mold. Once the new mold had cured I removed the PVC from the master and could then use them in the mold with a little Vaseline brushed on. After pouring the resin and having it set up the PVC pulls right out. My molds hold everything to make the final bait including tow eye, ballast, hinge screw eyes, hinge slot "pins", and the hinge pin as well as a "key" to make the tail slot. Once poured and removed from the mold all that needs to be done prior to painting is sanding the parting lines and adding the tail. DaveB. KelpKritter
  6. Sprayed eight baits but have not been able to doing any testing. The coats go on super thin so I sprayed them all once, went back and sprayed them again and repeated the process for three sessions about 24 hours apart. They still do not have the same thickness as a dipped bait so we will have to see how they hold up. One advantage is I do not have to worry one bit about cleaning up a drip edge and what I found to be somewhat problematic because that little spot always seemed softer than the rest of the bait. Hopefully going to throw the baits a little this coming weekend. DaveB. KelpKritter
  7. Mark, I have been following the other thread and it looks interesting as well. One thing about GST that I had a problem with is the little excess on the drip edge of the bait always had a little extra material even after wiping away because it is so thin. After s couple of coats that remained soft even after extended cute times. This resulted in a number of baits sticking together at the joint. This ruined a few baits. I still have about 120 ounces of GST and have eight baits to finish so I am going to try a few things to keep learning about it. DaveB. KelpKritter
  8. Wanted to add some info from my recent experience with GST. When I first used it earlier this year it went on great dipping as it was water thin. I stored a smaller amount in a sealed canning jar that I dipped the baits in. After a short reprieve from lure building early in the summer I did a batch of baits and at the time was attributing the issues I had with the heat of summer. Baits were becoming tacky almost immediately and not flowing out as easily. I thought the heat was causing them to start setting up even faster than before. Well after opening my jar the other night to dip some baits the GST was hard enough that I would never be able to dip a bait again. I believe what happened over time was the jar began to attain a higher viscosity as the material was exposed and dripped back into the jar in the steady, but thin stream. By repeatedly doing this the material was beginning to set and ultimately over time the whole jar began to harden. Has anyone else seen their concrete sealers react like this? I have only used about 8 ounces out of the gallon jug I have and it only has affected the smaller container as the gallon jug is like new still. DaveB. KelpKritter
  9. So I had a buddy who asked me to repaint a Savage Gear jointed swimbait and agreed knowing I had two options to clear coat it based on my resourses and experience. Because I dip all of the swimbaits I make in individual pieces in GST before assembly I knew my only option with this bait was to spray it on. My testing of brushing the GST was not good as it flashes so quickly I was dragging through the paint leaving obvious marks in the paint. My other option was to brush on Solarez. My preference is the GST so I went ahead and bought a $12.00 Adjustable Mini Touch Up Spray Gun from Harbor Freight to see if it would do the job. My biggest concern was cleaning the gun and whether on not I would clog the tip because it flashes off pretty quick from my experience dipping and trying to brush. Well it cleaned up just fine and it sprayed one bait just fine. The only issue I had was seeing a little ball of the GST starting to form at the spray nozzle when I took it apart to clean. Seems like it would be easy to pull away while spraying if needed. The finished results look promising. The coats go on a lot thinner than dipping and I am not sure how many I will ultimately put on. The downside is the excessive overspray so there is some waste. This is not a method you would necessarily want to use for a single bait. I see using the sprayer when I have a lot of baits ready and can whip through them using the spray gun in a minute. As I finish the bait over the next couple of days with more coats I will let you know how it goes. DaveB. KelpKritter
  10. The Rapala is a Magnum. Marketed as a saltwater bait it has been around for years and can still be purchased new today at most major retailers. DaveB. KelpKritter
  11. Ben, I did not even think about YouTube. To much technology around me that I forget to use it sometimes! DaveB. KelpKritter
  12. Did a search for any info on techniques for painting a fur effect that you would find on a rat or mouse bait and came up with nothing. Does someone who has painted with this style care to share how they get that look. I am wanting to blend two colors to get get that hairlike appearance. Thanks, DaveB. KelpKritter
  13. Same deal in California, I could only get the low VOC. Works well for what I do. I do not see any Maryland dealers on the GST website but you might call some other vendors and see if that version can be shipped to your location.
  14. Matt, Like I mentioned in one of our PM's if it is not fully cured, in my experience a couple of weeks, it will stick to things even if it appears fully dry. The first bait I used after curing for a couple of days stuck the the gunwale of the boat after a day of fishing when I left it there to dry before putting it back in the tackle box. It felt totally hard and dry before fishing the bait. On the other hand I left a few finished baits to cure for a couple of weeks on the rack and two have now been sitting on their side on a table for a couple of months and they did not stick on bit. Not sure what the magic time frame for curing is but be sure to not let multiple baits or bait segments come in contact with each other to quickly or they will stick like magnets.
  15. I would have to check on recommendations as to humidity levels but the air temps have been right in the middle of the optimal range. The thing that makes ease of application so great with the GST is that letting the bait drip for a few seconds and then dabbing the last drip that won't fall off on it's own literally takes just a few seconds. If you you wait much longer than that you will pull the GST from the bait because it starts to become tacky almost immediately. I can't see any value in putting the baits on a turner. I just finished a dozen baits, some of which I will be packaging and others that I will fish this weekend, so I will have a batch to do some more experimenting with. It is just odd that the baits are clearly dry but have a tendency to "stick" to things they are touching, especially themselves.
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