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About jaycount

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  1. Yes this is kind of a crazy question so for why I'm asking: I'm making a spreadsheet where I can plug in how much I pay for ingredients to a soft plastic recipe, how much I use in a batch, and how many of the baits I get from a batch. The result showing how much money I'm actually paying per batch, per bait, etc. So since most plastic color recipes are measured by number of drops I figure I should try to make a guesstimation of how many drops are in an oz. of color and go from there. So that leaves the question for all of you experienced pourers. Approx how many drops do YOU get out of an ounce (or two ounces if that's all you have to refer to) of colorant? And yes, OF COURSE, I will upload the spreadsheet for all of TU to use
  2. Cool, thanks for the tips guys. I've got some baits and eyes on order so when they show up I'll give it another shot and post the results.
  3. Ok, this guy I actually epoxied. White base, silver pearl all the way around, black stripes (used a pick comb as a stencil, I'll get back to that in a sec), white belly, retaped the top and redid silver on top, then blue spot at front of belly. The picture makes it look alot better than it is . Pick comb worked good as a stencil except it didn't conform to the body of the crank so I had overspray behind the comb. Also, the lines didn't line up and I didn't really want the lines to run all the way to the top so I decided to tape off the sides and respray the top with silver. Unfortunately it took about 3-4 coats before I had the black completely covered up, this made for a sharp tape line once the tape was removed. In retrospect, I probably just shoulda turned down the psi and paint and got in close and shot it without tape, would've made a good gradient look. Oh well, I know for next time. Epoxied it with Devcon 2 ton, that was an experience in its own. Stuff is supposed to be "workable" for 30 minutes, after about 10 minutes I noticed some spots on the top that weren't looking so great so I decided to add a little to help even it out. I probably shouldve just left it alone. Stuff was already really tacky (my 100+ degree garage doesnt help the matter any), so of course it didnt settle and now I have a bumpy and crummy looking top. ALSO, I stuck a toothpick in my front hook eyelet so keep it from filling with epoxy, just make sure to keep it moving around as you're turning the bait and pull it once the epoxy starts to firm up so it doesn't get stuck in there. Crummy pic, I know, but you can see the bumps I'm referring to. This guy got a base coat of white, then pearl green, then a pearl silver belly. Was just looking for an easy pattern. Haven't epoxied this guy yet, it's a good enough looking paintjob I want eyes on it before I epoxy it. You can't see it in this picture but the bait originally had shad spots on it and a manns logo near the tail end, I couldnt get these sanded completely off and it shows through the paint, but oh well. So? Tips and suggestions appreciated. Next step is to get some unpainted baits and start actually trying to paint some patterns that make sense.
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    brand new with airbrush, lots of spattering

    Yes, using Createx paints and a Masters airbrush. White base coats. Using the createx paint straight so maybe I'll try thinning it down some. Use just water? Any ideas on how far to thin it to start? Sprayed air pressures anywhere from 25-55 psi. I started spraying bellies, etc. after doing my base coats and everything so it's very possible it's dried paint in the tip, I should probably start working at cleaning that up. Sorry about the crummy pic. I shot it at 2AM this morning; spent 4 hours in the garage getting my work area set up and shooting those first 2 baits. I didn't wanna go to sleep. I'll try to get a better one today. Probably not a bad idea to grab some pvc to practice on. Thanks for all the help guys, I'll get there! edit: Also wanted to specify, I'm not getting "spattering" from the gun, just having trouble keeping the paint from "trailing off" when I'm working detail. I was shooting at the bottom of the trap trying to get a white belly and specks of white paint was shooting up the sides almost 2/3 or 3/4 of the way in some cases. It was giving a "spattering" effect. I'll try to get a pic from the digital camera today. Doin this in my garage and trying to beat the 100 degree heat eek.
  5. Did 2 tonight. Picture of the rat-l-trap is attached. Having trouble keeping control of the paint. You can see what I mean if you look where the white splattered up the sides on the trap. Tried all kinds of different pressures and needle adjustments (using a single action here) and kept getting the same results. Wouldnt even think of trying to do a detailed line down the side, etc. any ideas?