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    Since I am a Prime member I've bought them through that avenue, and sometimes they have stock stateside that gets free 2 day shipping. They are very cheap per bait. But you do have to put some prep work into them. The hook hangers need to be sealed with some thin super glue or you will have leakers. The top and bottom need to be sanded with fine grit paper to take out the sand marks left from china manufacturing. You will need to tune them once in the water. Otherwise, they work.
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    Perfect D2T Finish??

    I have to do one at a time or it starts to thinken and not spread easily by the time I am on my second bait. I mix by weight and I mix 1.1 gram per bait for standard 2" crankbaits. When doing it by weight you should use the recommended ratio (resin:hardener) of 1.2:1 for dev2ton. .6 grams resin to .5 grams hardener
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    Cheap airbrushes on eBay?

    I had a paasche VL-1 that got me going in painting blanks and had some air leak issues that were getting frustrating, so i figured what the heck I'm going to "TRY" an el-cheapo. The Master G23 seemed to fit the bill and Found a re-branded one on amazon, when I got it it said it was a master and instructions indicated a G23: It does OK, you have to really get the consistency and pressure correct by playing with it on paper then going to your bait. It does NOT like any paints with flake, i.e. metalics. Probably need a .5 needle for those. For $15 it has worked well for me, but I am sure a nice Iwata would be less finiky in paint consistency and pressure. They will work to get you started, but might lead to some frustration, which lead to stopping the hobby. Just know a high dollar airbrush will probably perform a lot better and make things more enjoyable.
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    Removing Masking Tape from Finished Lures

    i remove the tape before clear coat, and do not clear coat the whole bill, just where it meets the bait.
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    School Me On Airbrushing!

    FYI on hobby lobby coupon: HP-CS Eclipse Airbrush Kit *40% off Coupon may not be used with this item.
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    Finally putting down the rattle can

    For your psi you are running a little high, usually a properly thinned paint will require no more than 20 psi. If your compressor is like mine, psi less than 40 is not easy to set and maintain. To sustain the pressure the paint likes you will want an inline regulator and attache the airbrush hose to it. It is more discrete in psi setting. For non-detail painting you can get away with a higher pressure. But a lower pressure and properly thinned paint will help get a better "mist" and not spatter, but will take a few more coats/passes. Lower psi will also be required for detail and stenceling. Someone recommended this regulator here and it has worked great for me:
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    Having trouble with stencils for crankbaits

    did you clean the bait with some alcohol to remove any mold release agents/oils before applying paint?
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    Having trouble with stencils for crankbaits

    what kind of stencil are you using?
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    Pressure regulator

    thanks for the link chuck! exactly what i needed!
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    Pressure regulator

    Forward to 1:30 to see the dilemma I have. I know as soon I I release air I am starting off at compressor tank pressure cause I can hear it and see the gauge go to my inline set pressure. ideally i'd like a regulator that has no varying pressure in the air brush line.
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    Pressure regulator

    It allows me to dial it down, but I have to release air to get it there. When I let off the air the pressure goes back to what is set at the compressor. So it is regulating the air, but I have to release the air first to allow it to come down to what I set it. I also have to release air to set the gauge. I want to be able to dial it to desired pressure and stay there no matter if the air brush is feeding air or not. The regulator I am running is similar to this, but I think max psi is 80: Hope that makes sense. I am running thinned el' cheapo acrylic for the most part as i'm just getting started in the hobby. I also use create pearl, black, silver and white. When I have to do fine lines I back off to 10-8lbs.
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    Pressure regulator

    I'm running a 30 gal compressor to an inline regulator and filter. I set the compressor down to 40lbs, my inline regulator also shows 40lbs till the airbrush releases air. I can dial down the inline regulator to my desired spray pressure but it always starts at the compressor pressure. Meaning if I dial down the compressor to 30lbs and my inline to 15lbs I have to release the extra pressure in the airbrush line before I can feed the paint at 15lbs. When I stop releasing air it goes back up to 30. So before I start any spraying I have to release air to get a constant 15lb flow, then I can release the paint. Is there an inline regulator that will maintain the desired preset pressure? If I set compressor at 30lbs and dial down the inline to 15lbs always have 15lbs in the airbrush line no matter what the compressor pressure is?
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    Dev 2ton touch up

    I have a lure turner, I heat the epoxy very gently to get the epoxy to flow and level out. inspect for missing spots before it goes on the turner. When I remove them I find a spot that looks like the epoxy pulled away, maybe oil or something on the bait.
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    Dev 2ton touch up

    I finished a batch and have a couple that need a little bit of touch up where it's too thin and a spot of the body is not coated as thick. When I tried this before, the touch up spot was noticeable. Meaning it was raised more then the surrounding top coat. Would thinning the dev 2ton help blend a touch up spot into the surrounding top coat? Obviously this is only noticeable to me, i'm sure the fish won't care ;-)
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    Epoxy question

    I am also new and used dev 2ton to clear my baits. I had 4 baits painted and ready. mixed up enough to do all 4. By the time I got to number 3 I could tell it was hardening and did not put any on. I finished the rest of my baits mixing one at a time. The added benefit of mixing and applying one at a time is that i measured out the exact same about for each application, and ensured they all got all of it. Hit it with heat to smooth it out, remove bubbles and onto the wheel each went.