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Posted 21 December 2003 - 10:52 PM
AWESOME POST GUYS!! Skeeter you sound like a man who STANDS BEHIND HIS CRAFT..... and flat out YOU KNOW YOUR STUFF!! Im learning and I appreciate it guys! Cody
Posted 22 December 2003 - 08:29 AM
An interesting post, thanks guys.
I would like to make a comment, however, about the use of a "hairdryer" on the Devcon as I think I am the one responsible for bringing this up again. I probably don't have a fraction of the experience Skeeter does with the Devcon but have coated several hundred baits over the last couple years. I used to have problems with the Devcon getting sticky on me (at times) and also with low spots here and there.......as many others who have posted here have experienced too.
Once I started using the HD ALL of these problems went away. You can without a doubt get perfect finishes without the HD. The HD simply provides the bait-builder with some flexibility. If the stuff starts to set-up on you or if the surface isn't looking perfect the HD will smooth things out to a glass-like finish. As I have said before, since using the HD every one of the finishes on my baits turns out flawless, everytime. I would encourage others to try it before making a final decision. Best of luck to all of you.
Posted 23 December 2003 - 04:51 AM
I appreciate you helping me out. But you better get to the store for a case. I'm gonna need it before this is over.
Posted 23 December 2003 - 09:59 AM
Skeeter, I almost hate to do this to you after all you have been through, but here goes. I work in my garage. It has heat and A/C. During warm weather the Devcon seems to flow on fairly smoothe, no problem. When the days are cold( I'm still in the garage 68- 74 degrees) The Devcon seems to be verry thick and goes on in globs. If I cover the entire bait with this extreemly thick coat and put it on the wheel will it still level out and dry properly? It seems the working time I have with a batch of mixed Devcon is about three min. I mark the syringe every 1/4 in. , for the baits I'm making, 1/4 in. covers two lures so I'm mixing only what I need to coat two baits at a time. Sorry to keep beating a dead horse, but this is the most important step. Thanks, Joe P.S. Did you receive the package?
Posted 23 December 2003 - 04:35 PM
This is the point I was trying to make up above, there are times when the HD is helpful, paint on the Devcon, if it's a bit sticky don't worry about it, fire up the dryer and in less than a minute it will look like glass, I promise ya. Quickly smooth any small areas with a brush. You can of course also move your entire work area to somewhere warmer, your choice. Have fun.
Posted 24 December 2003 - 12:23 AM
As Devcon becomes colder, then it does thicken. RiverMans suggestion with the HD would probably help here. I would just do my baits in the house. Spreading Devcon below 65 deg. gets hard to do. RiverMans HD thing has been around for awhile. But most people used the HD to speed up the curing process of the epoxy. The problem was getting the distance from the HD correct. Most of the the time they got the bait too close and the epoxy just got real liquid and just ran. As RiverMan will tell you it does take some practice to learn how to do it. You kinda have to learn to read the epoxy when it is on the bait to tell when you have the temp. right.
Posted 03 January 2004 - 07:18 PM
Ok yall, the bait has been built and painted. All I have left to do is put the eyes and the dots on the sides and clearcoat it. It should be ready sometime next week. Project: Break a Muskies Tooth is almost done.
Posted 03 January 2004 - 07:42 PM
I'm sure you've got one baddass of a musky mangler in the works . You fellas should keep track of the fish caught on that lure, the species wieght and size. That would be a godd way to track the lures durability, from the first day it hits the water to the first time it's repaired.
Posted 05 January 2004 - 11:46 AM
The lure is finished and drying in the rack. It will be completely ready tommorrow morning. I will try to get a picture of it and post it.
Posted 17 March 2004 - 11:48 PM
OK boys, remember this post? I have sent the lure to Bob. We didn't get to it earlier because everything has been frozen up there in Yankee land. He should be getting the bait tommorrow or friday. I don't know about you guys, but I am anxious to see how the bait holds up.