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Posted 11 December 2007 - 09:26 AM
Just getting started painting lures and would like to know what type of brush you guys use to apply the devcon epoxy? Throwaway or reuseable? Can the brush be cleaned?
Posted 11 December 2007 - 09:42 AM
A lot of guys use throwaway brushes, like cheap kids craft brushes as long as they don't shed bristles. I like a little stiffer brush, usually somethin with white nylon bristles. If you're gonna be cleaning them, keep a small bottle of acetone and dip the brush in. Swirl it around to work the acetone in. You'll be able to tell when it's long enough. Make sure you dry it off and change the acetone once in a while, the devcon stays in solution and will eventually harden the brush.
Posted 11 December 2007 - 09:45 AM
Ah thank you Clamboni! So many brushes ruined by Devcon...
Posted 11 December 2007 - 09:58 AM
Some plastic brush handles may also be ruined by acetone. Alcohol will work too, the more prompt you are after use, the easier it will be.
Posted 11 December 2007 - 10:13 AM
I always have to bow to Dean when I follow one of his posts
I am a "keep it simple" kinda guy..... I buy the throw away brushes at Hobby Lobby... I think it it like 144 brushes for $3.99.... or something like that..... As accident prone as I am, I would be spilling acetone, alcohol, mineral spirits, etc all over the lab.........
Posted 11 December 2007 - 10:24 AM
I like this site already. Thanks for the fast responses guys!!
Posted 11 December 2007 - 01:14 PM
I oftenn just use my finger to spread devcon. Very easy clean up, just wipe or clean with acetone. I'm not sure this is the best way, but it has worked for me.
Posted 11 December 2007 - 04:37 PM
Just don't take too long!!
Posted 11 December 2007 - 04:54 PM
If using the 144 type acid brushes, try to bend thebristles first a few times, then pull to get out any loose bristles so they don't end up encased in your finish. I'm actually currently using a small silicone spatula to spead mine, so far, so good. It cleans up great!
Posted 12 December 2007 - 10:29 AM
I might be the odd man out here. Try palette knife. Epoxy is spread on like butter. Cleaning is just a quick wipe with scrap newspaper.
Posted 12 December 2007 - 10:53 AM
Part of the answer may be a question of scale.
If you're building a lot of baits, say 50 to 100 or more a year, acid brushes actually become economical if bought in gross (144 at a time). They wind up costing about 12 to 14 cents a piece. I crimp the bristles with a pair of pliers to prevent any stray hairs from getting in the finish and pull any loose hairs after fanning the bristles with my thumb. Fanning the bristles of any type of brush is always a good idea because it purges the dust from the brush and dust particles will detract from the appearance any final clear coat finish (Devcon or Envirotex). Crimping the bristles and fanning the bristles takes about 30 seconds and ensures a great, clean finish every time.
I also recycle my acid brushes now by making rattles tubes from the metal handles. Just cut off a slice of the handle, plug the ends by gluing in a thin slice of an ordinary #2 pencil and insert 2 or 3 bb's. The rattles are very similar to glass rattles as far as sound emitted and you can cut them to whatever length you need for the bait you're making.
Posted 12 December 2007 - 11:56 AM
I've used the same cheap $7 set of brushes from Michaels for 2 yrs now and they're still going strong after 200 baits or so. They're the flat square tipped blender brushes in several sizes and they work great on bass baits, just the right stiffness to apply Devcon. I clean them vigorously in acetone or denatured alcohol, spreading the bristles out on the bottom of the jar, then vigorously dry them on an old cotton (not paper) towel until the bristles are separate and dry. Takes one minute. I'm sure I can use them for a few more years and a few hundred more baits. Pretty cheap.