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    You can also buy "Soft Jaws" - I have a set that are a soft plastic with magnets in them.... so you can put them in place over the steel jaws and quickly remove if you really need to crank down on something. J. Cheap on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Yost-UP360-Universal-Prism-Style/dp/B01EVQH42U/ref=pd_sbs_469_t_2/145-6823576-1110565?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B01EVQH42U&pd_rd_r=82440357-91fc-46f3-9a72-69b8f02623e8&pd_rd_w=HCsSN&pd_rd_wg=836hN&pf_rd_p=5cfcfe89-300f-47d2-b1ad-a4e27203a02a&pf_rd_r=GESA0MB3A2SF04868N93&psc=1&refRID=GESA0MB3A2SF04868N93
  2. If the second coat of epoxy is going on nicely - it sort of points out that there is an incompatibility of the last coat you're spraying and the epoxy. It doesn't matter how you apply the epoxy, finger, brush, pour it on.... if those two surfaces doesn't like each other it will always fish eye/ripple. I'd recommend trying to spray an acrylic clear coat over the entire bait. Let it dry for a good 24 hours - then epoxy. Don't touch the surface before epoxy and don't even wipe it down with anything... blow air across it if you feel the need to clean it. That has helped me..... I still get spots here and there... but it's drastically improved the finish. J.
  3. I get same issue at times when building rods and laying down the label/stickers.... oils and contamination is the issue. After ALOT of trial and error.. more error... and research.... Marks response above is you're best bet.... spray a clearcoat (could even be krylon from a can if that's compatible with your paint) - let it dry then epoxy - use a clean brush to apply. That has been working for me. Do NOT wipe down with alcohol or a paper towel to "get stuff off".... I found alcohol can cause issues as well as the glues in paper towels. J.
  4. I don't like to coat the bills... so... it's time consuming but i wet sand them down with a really fine grit (1000-2000 - higher the better) then use a plastic polish (Novis) to polish them up nice and clear by hand. I then mask them when coating the rest of the lure. I wouldn't do this for production as it's time consuming... I usually watch football in my basement as I polish the lips.... but for the 10-20 blanks I paint each year it works well and keeps me from having to dip the lips - increasing their thickness. J.
  5. Appreciate you responses Dave.... the cliff notes help! J.
  6. Might wanna take a look at Jacobs.... they are at least pneumatic powered.... cost a lot lest that a big auto machine... not sure about shipping to Australia. http://stores.jacobsbaits.com/injection-machines/
  7. Little more info on the bait I dissected... B1 is the large ballast and fixed in placement - it weighed 2.1 Grams B2 is a "rattling" ballast - able to move back and forth laterally across the bait - .095 grams B3 was a very small ballast weight... did not remove it - but couldn't be more than - .1 -. 2 grams at most. The bait is 86mm long - measuring tail (not hanger) to end of lip - the lip is approx 27mm in length.
  8. Hey Guys - Starting to lineup my winter projects!!! So on top of new softbaits, kayak mods and everything else in life - I felt the needed to take a crack at the "hunting" crank bait. While I like to think I have a very technically sound understand of engineering principals... half of Dave's posts started to go over my head!! LOL!!! Being a more visual person.... I put together a small diagram based on a crankbait that I cut in half. Figured I'd start with something that's know to work perfectly - then see what I can do to screw it up!! Just looking for a little feedback regarding if I've read the posts/assumptions correctly and if I'm heading in the proper direction. I would like to utilize a deep diving bill... which from what I read could be more of a challenge - I may back off that a bit and angle it down a little - but if at all possible I'd like to make this bait dive down a solid 8 feet. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. My plan is to CAD up this bait and run the halves in ABS through a 3D printer. Thinking about screwing the halves together at first which will allow me to open/move the ballast around as necessary.... might even make the lips attach in a manner I can just remove/replace as well instead of trimming so I can be more precise in knowing how much I've taken off, etc. Plus I can just run a bunch in the machine and know exactly what is different on each. Any feedback would be great and when I get further along through the fall/winter I'll post up my progress. Thanks! J.
  9. You could even use metal... I have a bunch of Arborgast Mud Bugs with huge steel lips that are thin (guessing no thicker than .02").... Those baits really thump when you get them moving.... and cut through weeds nicely! J.
  10. +1 = warm/heat that mold up - that should help and I'd do that first before touching anything. Maybe also shoot you plastic a little hotter as well. If you need to open up the vents - I'd suggest clamping mold shut - then using a reasonable size drill bit to drill down the current vent hole BUT - do not go into the cavity - stop to about 1/8" - 1/4" from the cavity. You can then use a file to open the vent little by little till it works. MUCH easier to file open 1/8" - 1/4" of material away than the whole long vent. I'd make the last vent on tail the largest. Between heating and opening up the vent - you'll fix that mold. J.
  11. Now that's funny! You think it ships free with prime? J.
  12. This is the one I have.... some of the ads call it vintage (LOL)... it's the VL model... old but works. It's a little bit more than the cheap chinese made ones... but not near the cost of a Iwata. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Original-Paasche-VL-Airbrush-Set-in-Original-Box-No-16071/264467608310?epid=2164372332&hash=item3d937f72f6:g:etwAAOSwNx5df6iy https://www.ebay.com/itm/PAASCHE-AIRBRUSH-SET-VL-FOR-CRAFTSMEN-HOBBYISTS-PASTRY-ARTIST-CERAMICISTS/303283783814?hash=item469d1f4886:g:g3kAAOSwB8xdXtdo
  13. I have both an Iwata Eclipse and and old Paasche (I think I got it for X-Mas in 1990). I found the Iwata to work really well doing fine details and feathering out light areas - but would need the paint to be just right (not to thick/not too thin) as it has a smaller tip diameter. My old Paasche I have the .5mm tip and I can put almost anything through it provided it isn't thick like glue! If you'r just doing very basic shading on a bait (base coat on sides / a top-back coat / a belly coat-color) and using stencils for small/fine details like striping/eyes - a basic airbrush with a bigger diameter tip will work for most of what you need - and provided you clean it when done - should work maintenance free. If your trying to very light/fine details and such - the smaller tip brush will work better like found on Iwata and other brands - but you'll have to be more precise with your paint viscosity and pressures, etc. You'll also need to be more diligent about cleaning and be careful with the needle/tip as drop it once the floor can/will ruin it (I speak from experience). For the majority of what I do - the old Paasche with a big tip works great... I even have my 8 year old use it to paint his pinewood derby car.... it's that friendly. J.
  14. I've been using Stainless Steel cups - small ones similar to the condiments but a little bigger. Stainless keeps epoxy cool (longer time to apply) and after use - wipe once with paper towel to get majority of epoxy out - then a few drops of acetone and wipe again clean. I bought 5 figuring I'd ruin them quick - still using first one - no issues if you clean it before it hardens. J. https://www.mcmaster.com/1811t43
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