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  1. Nope, you're the only one who has ever made a mistake! Hahaha
  2. This place shows some interesting eyes. I have not ordered from them. https://backwateroutfitting.com/product-category/lure-building/lure-eyes/
  3. Jim, After reading what you said, I fished the hardened resin bottle out of the recycling, which had been out in the 90 degree heat. Lo and behold, it was liquid again. Solar heating! So I now have half a bottle of E tex resin to go with the half bottle of catalyst that was still good. Thank you.
  4. I would contact Alumilite and ask them. Or just cook up a small batch with each to see if they play well together.
  5. Dave, I think the narrow back/wide bottom cross section of the Speed Trap forces the water to flow down along the sides of the lure, and creates low pressure areas (eddies) as it passes the relatively flat bottom. That might have something to do with how stable the lure swims, even on a really fast retrieve. Whatever causes it, it is a killer lure!
  6. There have been a lot of threads about how long unmixed epoxy lasts, before "goes bad", and I think this may help answer that question. I just completed one have of a two part POP mold, and wanted to seal it with epoxy before I poured the second part. I had some Etex up on a shelf in my garage that was more than ten years old. It has been through temps from low 30's to 100's over the years. I haven't used it in at least five years, but I decided to see if it was still good. The catalyst was still liquid, but the resin had turned solid for the most part. There was still a bit of liquid resin left, so I drained it into a salsa cup, added the same volume of the catalyst, mixed it very thoroughly, and then added another 25% denatured alcohol to thin it. I brushed the mix onto the dried/cured POP mold half, wetting it completely, and left it to cure overnight. When I checked it this morning it had cured out hard, clear, and shiny, and I'm going to go down this afternoon and pour the second half ove the mold. I had to chuck the resin bottle, since all that was left was hardened resin, but it showed me that, as long as the resin is liquid, it is good to use, at least for sealing POP.
  7. Dave, One of the most successful crankbaits of all time, the Luhr Jensen Speed Trap, has the same wide belly/narrow back cross section, and it is still amazing in how well it catches fish. In addition, it is almost arrow head-shaped, widening from a pointed nose to a wide belly 2/3 of the way back, before tapering back down a pointed tail, all the while maintaining that wide belly/narrow back cross section. I made a solid copy from PVC, and it works!
  8. I just finished a gallon of Bait Plastics' medium, which I found to be too soft for my baits, and ordered a gallon of their med/saltwater, hoping it will be more like the Baitjunkys med. I used to use. Adding softener is much easier than adding hardener.
  9. I buy medium plastic, and then add one or the other when I want softer or harder plastic. Softener makes stiff plastic softer. I add it when I add salt, because salt makes plastic stiffer, or if I'm pouring finesse worms. Hardener makes soft plastic stiffer. I add it to my swimbait plastic, to make the tails swim better. Some baits just work better with harder plastic. I don't ever add hardener to hot plastic. Add hardener before you heat your plastic, and mix it thoroughly, or you'll wind up with hard lumps from unmixed hardener. For reheats, where I want to add more hardener, I mix the hardener into new plastic first, so it is completely mixed, and then cut up the stuff I want to reheat, and add the new stuff before I reheat it all together. I add heat stabilizer so my reheated plastic doesn't get scorched when I reheat it all to 350 to kick over the new stuff.
  10. Warning! My whole jar went bad when I let it sit too long, because I thought it was empty.
  11. I add it when I first heat my plastic, and then again if I add more as I go. I add 1/2 tsp+- to a cup of plastic, and just dribble in some more when I add more plastic to increase my pouring amount, along with more colorant and flake.
  12. I add heat stabilizer because I do lots of reheats. I also use high temp. polyester flake (Thank you Bait Junky) so the flake doesn't change the color of the bait.
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