fishnart

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  1. Hey guys we all know that epoxy doesn't like sharp edges. Do you guys have any tricks to help the epoxy from being so thin . Specifically I paint bull shad swimbaits and the edges at thier joints are very sharp. I can imagine that it will be very easy for an issue to arrise and the epoxy start peeling away. Hope this makes sense?? So what do you guys do when you epoxy sharp edges. Right now I'm using Art Resin. I'm thinking of before I epoxy to put a bead of glue, like super glue or something on the edge before I epoxy it. Maybe small amount of clear nail polish,,,I don't know, just something extra to keep the edges in good shape. 

    Thanks in advance, hope all ya'll are doing well


  2. Hello all, I usually hang out in the hard bait section. I've seen lately where guys are painting plastic/rubber baits and then sealing them. Can you guys guide me as to what paint to use and what sealer? The video I saw someone was spaying sealer on with an airbrush I think??? I never knew there was such a thing. I appreciate any help.


  3. A lot of my painting is with brushes. I got tired of trying to do details with an airbrush. I use acrylic paints and hobby paints. Color selections are endless at your hobby store. This goes for my taxidermy also, most work done with paint brush. Get some paint and brushes and practice on paper. I don t paint heavy, I paint is washes, if that makes sense

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  4. Hey guys and any gals, dry spots on your baits after epoxy, can you pls remind me how to avoid this. I think I remember that some think its oil from your skin and to wear gloves??? Are there any other ideas?? Thanks so much. Oh...and I hope ya ll are doing well, haven t been on in a while


  5. My specialty is realistic paintjobs to match different bait fish, trout etc. I put a ton of time in some of my baits, especially big swimbaits. Using an airbrush, paintbrush, colored pencils, charcoal etc. I put a lot of time in some of them...I think I should be charging more for some of my stuff but hey....

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  6. I always mix in the small plastic cups. Yeah I started using the  alcohol after a while. Trouble is, I didn't note which baits I did with alcohol vs laquer thinner. I use the new stuff now anyways but this issue still drives me crazy. One other thing to note is I had found some 30 min epoxy in a hobby store. It wasn't Devcon even though it might have been only someone put it in another bottle. I don't remember the brand right now but I've even considered that it had something to do with this off brand???? And whats even crazier is that I don't think I do anything different than you guys have done at some point, those that use Devcon, and it hasn't happened you. And it's happened to a good many of my baits...I am just so puzzled. Thanks for all of your input


  7. Heres a pic of a few baits that have turned pink. All of these baits were a white or pearl color but as you can see have turned very pink. On some baits its only in a certain area. And this hasn't happened to anyone? Gosh what the HECK  is it. I used to use Lacquer thinner to thin my epoxy, then used alcohol.

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  8. Well the set up time, in my experience is not 8 hrs lol. I've come back the next day and they're still a little tacky. It takes about two days for it to completely cure, but heck it's worth it to me.

     

    As far as turning, if you mix it and put it right on pretty thick, a turner would be very helpful. The first time I used it, I don't have a turner except myself, I had to flip them often. What I do now is mix it, let it sit about 20 min. This allows most of the tiny bubbles to rise to the top, and for some reason it gets a little thicker. After my 20 I use a heat source to get rid of the bubbles and then apply it. Its a little thicker at this point. I put it on thick to make sure the bait gets covered and then go back and wipe off the access. You don't need to flip it nearly as much, and then after a couple hours you should be good to go. One thing you have to watch for is the subtle shift in the epoxy. The epoxy won't drip or run after a while but it might shift and its very subtle because my coat is thin. You ll see it  a TINY bit thicker on the down side end, so I just flip it...no problem. The next day is when I add another coat if I want.


  9. I've totally switched over to the new Art Resin. I'm only comparing it to Devcon, can't speak of the others above but holy crap, to me this stuff is the bomb. I can do 15 baits vs 2 with Devcon. I can't imagine it not holding up in the water but that technically is the only thing that hasn't been tested. The big thing is I'm no longer stressed topcoating baits, I so hated doing it. I would get so worked up when the time came to topcoating. And as some of you have read, so many of my baits were turning pink over time and the bait was ruined. Have no clue what that was.


  10. For me it depends on the epoxy. I don't like two coats of devcon unless its on a larger bait, because its too thick. The new Art Resin however can be applied pretty thin and I can put on two coats, which is equal to one coat of devcon. I haven't tested the strength, but I don't fish for toothy fish either. I think if I m finishing bigger baits for toothy fishes, I'd use two coats of what ever???


  11. What I have found is some are good and some are not, just have to try'em. I once was trying to tune a bait and I was gently trying to adjust the line tie at the lip and I almost cracked it and I was barely messing with it. That's when I could see that in some baits the quality is not very good. Most baits I've used have done pretty good. Now comparing them to the original, I haven't done that, I use them like they are their own bait if that makes sense