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  1. +1 on both above.... make sure while your breaking it in (actually all the time) you should shoot some oil, wd-40, pam, etc. in the barrel to keep it sliding nice and smooth.... and as mentioned the rod and back cap usually need to wear in a bit - oil helps it slide easy at first - but a little wear in that area over time will "fix" the issue.... you could just cycle the injector a whole lot (no plastisol) to help break it in some. If it's sliding nice and smooth when oiled / empty it should be smooth during use - if it's still choppy - you probably have plastisol build up between the plunger and the back cap which can clog airflow and make it harder to use. Take it apart - lube it and it should work fine. J.
  2. Thx.... figured the location I put it was too far away from element. The glue gun part... are you wiring that element as well? Or just using the tip threaded into the valve?
  3. Bryan - where are you locating the hole/valve? I tapped one of my two prestos near bottom corner (on side) and find the brass valve just never gets hot enough to pour easily unless I totally open the valve. Should I have tapped it closer to the heating element? J.
  4. How is the mold vented? I get the same thing on some baits due to the ribs/venting layout. I found venting nearly each rib can help - as well as trying to have the vents "vertical" in orientation when you shoot the mold so the air escapes up and out of the cavity. And the vents don''t have to be big - super small.... just to let that last little bit of trapped air escape. J.
  5. I just went out and checked my stash... have two heat stabilizer bottles - one I bought YEARS ago - and it's pretty yellow looking... another I bought last year that is LESS yellow. Maybe it doesn't go "bad" but turns yellow over time when exposed to moisture/etc. J.
  6. If heat stabilize "goes bad" in the Plastisol that sits for long periods.... how long does Heat Stabilizer that I bought to add to my plastisol last? Wouldn't that go bad over time as well? J.
  7. I do the same.... but was hoping I could just do it easier with 1 color and a couple q tips and some dye... I just hate trying to manage 2 colors with my microwave... guess i just have to stop being lazy about firing up the prestos!!! LOL!.
  8. That happens to nearly everyone unless you are using a presto-pot and can keep the injector tip down in the heated plastisol between injections. When I'm doing small batches and using microwave/pyrex cups - I keep my injector up on a couple blocks of wood and put a small alcohol lamp below the tip to keep it hot.... this probably OVERHEATS the tip/injector at times and honestly - isn't the safest thing to do compared to using something like a foreman grill- but it works on minimizing the "plug" you get in your photo. And it's not just the tip that is causing it - it's the plunger as well... BOTH have to pretty hot. Get and keep that injector hotter and you'll minimize/eliminate that plug - but in my experience - its really tough to do unless your using prestos and let the injector sit down in the plastic. J.
  9. Thanks guys - figured that's what I'd hear - was just "hoping" I could cheat my way into dual color baits without breaking out both prestos and my dual injector.... no shortcuts in this hobby!!! LOL!! J.
  10. Hey guys - Just curious if anyone has ever tried putting the plastisol colorant onto the surface of the mold cavity - then shot it? My thinking is - I could take a q-tip with some colorant on it and running it down the middle of the mold cavity with the "hope" of getting a stripe (the color of the colorant form the q tip) on the bait which I could shoot of a different/lighter color. I can't see why it wouldn't work.... but could also easily see it becoming a mess with the colorant I "painted" in the mold with the q-tip settling on the outer surface of the bait and then get all over everything - compared to when the color is mixed into the plastisol normally. Curious if anyone has tried something like this and if worked/failed? Though it could be interesting for stripes/dots/etc. - provided it works and doesn't make a mess! Thanks. J.
  11. I dump mine in a bucket of water.... BUT......I think bait shape can dictate which is best... "simple things" like senkos/worms/beaver/craws/etc... probably no real advantage to water vs. hanging.... BUT - I make a few baits that if I hang - the long side appendages take a set in the wrong position due to gravity pulling them down..... I found if I just dump them in the water - they float around and find their "molded shape" and set in the correct/molded position - I can then take them out of the water in 5-10 minutes and lay them down or hang to dry/cure after that. J.
  12. Yeah I'd love to see what you rigged up... baits look cool!!! J.
  13. Thanks for the tip.... I tend to think aligned or perpendicular with things.... so good heads up on marking a direction as I'd probably not have tried that!!! J.
  14. That's what I thought since I have same challenge at times with my current double shot block... if it's not perfectly lined up on the mold I get one color baits on smaller stuff. Otherwise how you find it working? I've seen on videos there seems to be some sort of "mixing" plate between the block halves.... is it a pain to disassemble/reassemble shoot or pretty easy? I'm still tempted to get it as the "regular" size baits it seems to produce look great. Curious how you find it working? J.
  15. Hey all - I really like the "camo" type baits that I've seen online produced with the Anglin AI C-Block. IF anyone has it - curios to know if the bait size effects the results. It looks great on 3"-4" beaver style baits.... would assume bigger baits you'd get the same result... but i'm curious on how effective it is on smaller baits.... neds, panfish/crappy plastics.... I shoot everything from big worms/lizards down to the small stuff and would love to know if on the smaller baits it tends to just be one colors showing... that happens at times with my dual injector now where if the shot isn't perfect a few of the baits tend to be one color. Thanks! J
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