DoubleT

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  1. DoubleT

    Dealing with Hard Pack

    I am relatively new at building soft plastic baits. I make large (13 ounces of plastisol) musky baits. The plastic that I used initially didn't hard pack at all and I loved that aspect of it. The problem that I experienced with it was making repairs and paint adhesion. The manufacturer of that particular plastisol adds something to the plastic that makes it constantly exude oil. No matter how much I washed it prior to paint I always had some paint adhesion problems. Also, you can forget making repairs to torn baits. I tried several different adhesives and never had any luck. If anyone is aware of a plastisol (saltwater/hard formula) that doesn't hard pack and is easy to paint and repair, I am all ears. Not a plumber. Locomotive Electrician. lol. I had a piece of left over pex from a small plumbing project at the house. The pex pipe worked great though. It didn't scratch or gouge the bottom of the bucket while breaking up the hard packed material. This is the paint mixing arm that I purchased at Lowes. It worked great and was really easy to clean off.
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    Dealing with Hard Pack

    Will do Frank. Thank you
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    Dealing with Hard Pack

    About a month ago I bought a 5 gallon bucket of hard formula plastic. For ease of handling, I also purchased 5 one gallon plastic jugs. Before I transferred to the jugs I mixed everything up really well with a paint mixing arm on a drill. I had been doing my best to give the jugs a good shake every couple days to keep things in suspension. Well.......I forgot and they sat for about a week. I had about a 1/4 inch of material hard packed in the bottom of each jug. I shook each jug like a mad man and while it did mix some of the material back in, a lot of it stayed tight to the bottom. So I eventually (after scraping with a piece of PEX pipe) was able to get it all broke free. I poured the five jugs back into my original 5 gallon bucket and tossed the jugs. At least working from the 5 gallon bucket I can use the mixing arm to bust up the hard pack and get the plastic back to a usable state. I plan to give the 5 gallon bucket a occasional shake in hopes of not having to deal with a large amount of hard packed material.
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    Bubbles

    Is there a percent humidity that any of you guys consider to be too high to heat plastic in order to avoid problems with bubbles?
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    Bubbles

    I contacted the manufacturer and was told that they have had some issues in the past with their plastisol not being degassed properly. The plastisol that i received from them was a sample so to me it wasn't that big of a deal. If I had paid for it, now that would have been a different story. As suggested by BaitJunky, at some point I am going to get a vacuum chamber. I then could degass the plastisol as well as resin that I use for making hard baits.
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    Bubbles

    Ahhhhhhhh. Gotcha. Thank you
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    Bubbles

    As far as humidity goes how much is too high to heat plastic. I heat my plastic in a microwave. With 8 ounces of plastic I normally go 1.5 min first. Then 45 seconds and on down till I get to around 350ish. Gently stirring between each heat cycle. When degassing do you do it before or after heating the plastic? Thank you for the info.
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    Bubbles

    Agreed
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    Bubbles

    I use a instant read digital thermometer. It started to get the bubbles about the time it was changing back to thin (330ish). I scraped the bubbles to the outer edge and was able to use it but certainly dont want to have to do that every time. Now this could have had an impact on things. Not sure what the actual humidity was but it was hot out and it had rained earlier in the day. Whats odd though is that I heated another brand of plastic and it did great. Maybe the lureworks is just more sensitive to humidity.
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    Bubbles

    Thanks for the info. I will try heating it slower. Lureworks has a youtube video of them heating pourasol. I heated it relatively in the same manner. I realize it may have been a difference in microwaves though. I heated up some lurecraft economy plastic and it does great. My only concern with it is that it contains phthalates. I plan to call them and discuss the other formulas they offer that are phthalate free to see how they will perform.
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    Bubbles

    I recently got some Lureworks Pourasol. I had never used it before and wanted to give it a try. I heated it in the microwave and to my surprise a ton of bubbles formed. It was frothy on top. I thought maybe that it may have been where I added Do-It colorant to Lureworks plastic. I heated another 4 ounces without any colorant at all and it bubbled up as well. Have any of you guys experienced this recently. I plan to give Bruce a call on Monday but thought that I would check here first. I heated up another brand of plastic that I have and it heated up with very little bubbles. Thanks for the info.
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    Solvent Based Paint

    Ahhhh........Great idea. Thank you
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    Solvent Based Paint

    If you wash the baits in warm soapy (dish washing liquid) water and dry them off good prior to painting you will likely get better adhesion. It depends on the plastic that you are using as well. I have some 4 oz bottles with the flip top from lureworks. I thought about using them but was concerned with the solvents in the paint doing something to the bottle or the solvents evaporating from the paint while in the bottle. Are you using these or something similar? If so, have you had any of these problems.
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    Solvent Based Paint

    I have been using lureworks solvent based paints in the 4 oz. cans. So far I am very pleased with the results other than some cob webbing. A little retarder seems to straighten that out. I have been getting the paint out of the cans with a 1/2 tsp measuring spoon. It works but can get messy. Do any of you folks have a better method. I'm sure there is a easier/cleaner way to get the paint out of those cans and into the paint cup. Thanks for any input.
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    Glue Issues

    Thank you Frank