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  1. I am saying try it, it works. Been doing it with motor oil since Spikeit changed there motor oil. And with the last changeable color you showed yes you can don’t just throw up your hand and say it is not possible. They made it and so can you.
  2. Well you are going to have to find out what is making it do that. If you compounded your own then it is a formula problem I my opinion.
  3. That happen to me but take a lot longer than 20 minutes. If I leave mine in for hours it will absorb water. Might be your brand of plastic.
  4. A Twinjector history. First pic the first Twinjectors sold. This one has the locking pins I put in. Second a very early 6oz set up. And last a very modified production set. Top has linear bearings and steel shafts. I use these one almost exclusively even for single colors. As you can see they have evolved to what you have now
  5. Then try it if you say it is impossible. Get a chartreuse DYE and brown or purple. Mix it 50/50 and put it in plastic and heat it. Then you will believe it is not magic. They don’t have anything we don’t when they make it. Or can’t get.
  6. It will be like that till it gets used a bit. Loosen the top knobs a little and also the top of the injector tubes. This will help it break in and loosen up. After awhile it will be just fine. Try and not tighten those part to much they don’t need it and will ensure a long life of your injectors.
  7. I understand no one wants to make there own colors but some people act like all colors are the same. That is far from true. So you can buy another brand but is it the same? Most of the time no. If you learn to make your own from basic colors you will not have to ask why they don’t have it. Control your own destiny. This is not a color you buy off the shelf they compound it to fit there needs. And you can too. I know cause lureworks old motor oil changed color and number.
  8. Ok looking at that picture I have a different view. This one is chartreuse DYE and purple. And again start with equal amounts and a just from there. If you use Mf colors they will get you there slower, meaning they are a weaker concentration. If you use lure works then use way less drops. I am a fan of the lure works one and have been for years. They don’t have the one I used to use anymore so I figured out how to duplicate it my self. So in the end if you want the Mf colors use Mf colors. It will be real close. One tip is less purple will make it less green like in your pic.
  9. Frank


    Yes another vote for the 6 oz. Way back when it was new I was a fan of starting with the 3 oz just because it was smaller. There’s still a learning curve but I think the biggest challenge is keeping the plastic the same temp or at least 10 deg from each other. When starting out it good to ask and know the reason for price differences. Just so you know it is the same with molds so ask away.
  10. Frank


    Worth its weight in gold. You will know that when you get it.
  11. That not like the one I have at all. But mine is old. To make it you will have to have chartreuse dye and purple or in your case brown( I am guessing). Start with a 50-50 mix and adjust from there. With purple it will give you more of a green tone while in the water it will turn reddish brown. Brown is just a guess like I said but I have seen some motor oils like that.
  12. Do you have a picture of the color? Might be able to help you make your own and never have this happen to you again.
  13. Frank


    I own the first set of Basstackle Twinjectors ever made and still have them. They are tanks and built well. I have a video from 2008 that I used then in and to this day have never had an issue. Look me up and see how they have evolved to what you see now. Franksrooty2 is my YouTube name. Just a fair warning There’s no beer or drums I am doing this to show how I use the Twinjector. Not entertaining just teaching.
  14. I am sure shipping to Australia is not cheap so be warned the Oxblood in Mel’s picture is not the same as my picture. Mine is the current version they sell. Mels I believe is from more than 12 years ago. I had some of that one back in the day. My bottle has the same number 267 on it.
  15. Funny how thing are different now. Here is the Oxblood I have from Lurecraft and root beer from Spikeit. In my mind the Rootbeer was more red. Top one is rootbeer 8 drops per 4oz. Left top is 6 drops per 4oz. Bottom is 8 drops Oxblood from lurecraft. Bottom bottom is Spikeit Oxblood cut it out cause it was way off
  16. Looks like Spikeits root beer. Add drops slowly and get the right shade
  17. If I heat 8 oz of plastic for 2 minutes it will be ready to shoot. If colors are changing then they are overheated. Or heated for to long but I mean hours not minutes. Check your process and get a second temperature reading device. Make sure they both read about the same. Also one thing about heating that small of an amount of plastic makes slight heating mistakes a big deal. Make a larger amount and the heat will be less of an issue.
  18. The paint made for painting soft plastics is available from Spikeit ( lureworks). They offer a water based version which like you said needs to have a top coat but does not need to be dipped. You can clear with there solvent based version. The reason for this is not to protect the colors it is to keep them from sticking together. There water based paint will do that. With the solvent based will not require the top coat but will let you know that a respirator will be needed. It has a smell that will clear out your garage when you smell it. Now don’t get me wrong anytime you atomize anything you should wear a respirator. For holding your baits it’s is a good idea to leave on the Sprue to hold the nose and possibly just that might work for you. If not I have used long finishing nails In a piece of wood to pierce the belly of the bait. If it has a hook slot the a piece of sheet metal with an angle bent like a t will be another option. One thing that is over looked and causes more trouble than anything else is the airbrush. Most airbrushes come with a needle that is to small and dries on the tip which causes it to clog. You mentioned you bought a master airbrush. That has to be my go to airbrush even though I have some really high end ones. The reason for this is that it has a huge needle (.8) and will spray any of these paint with ease. Some might say that’s to big but it is adjustable so I turn it down when I need and up to give me more fluid. So in my experience that is the most important thing to have. Unless you like cleaning your airbrush more than actually using it. I have painted for the public and just for me so not sure if there’s any difference other than what I just stated.
  19. Frank

    Tube Jig Help

    Look on eBay most are very usable for what we do. Get one bigger than you think you need it will help in the future. Mine is a 4 gallon one. And yes vacuum when it is cold not hot.
  20. Frank

    Tube Jig Help

    Vacumn before you heat it. Save a lot of errors like you mentioned.
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  22. With either temperature devise you need to be stirring while you take the temp. Some would think it will be different but at least with me it does not matter. I like stirring and taking the temp with an infrared which does not touch the hot plastic. With my probes the heat seems to migrate to the plastic tops and eventually cracks.
  23. Lower the shooting temp down to 300-315. It will be thicker and won’t pass through so easy. Get the plastic to 350 and let it cool a bit. It is way to thin at 350. Especially if it’s a new injector. Takes time for the o ring to get settled in. As time goes on it will get better. But not if you keep changing the o rings.
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