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Posted 01 August 2008 - 09:44 AM
Maybe a stupid question... but I do like to sign my lures when they are almost finished just before the final topcoat.
So I bought a staedler permanent marker. But as it turned out when I looked again next morning.. all writing had turned into one big smear by the etex!
So I wonder: what do you guys use to sign your lures?
Posted 01 August 2008 - 11:27 AM
Or sign them then use a water based topcoat before the etex. Like createx matte topcoat. You can't even tell it's there once you put on the final coat, and it will protect your signature.
Posted 01 August 2008 - 12:18 PM
A fine tipped Sharpie (the tiny tip). Just before the Devcon......
Posted 01 August 2008 - 12:56 PM
I read somewhere on this site that you can get a clear decal made with your signature, so you can apply it over the paint, and then top coat.
Posted 01 August 2008 - 12:58 PM
He's using Etex BJ!!
Like Clamboni said, use a compatible clear like Createx clear if you're using Createx paint, an you won't be able to tell that it is there. I always use either the Parma or Createx gloss clear over my sig and then heat set it thoroughly...works for Etex, Devcon, or in my case, Dicknite's. The Extra Fine, or the Ultra Fine tipped Sharpie will work...my favorite is the Extra Fine if you can find them.
Common practice with Etex is to wait about 10 minutes after mixing to apply it to a lure, so it coats a little thicker. About 15 minutes into a mix of Etex, the solvent probably won't bother your Sharpie sig, but clearing over it first still makes it really Plaster of Paris; that goes for Devcon also.
Posted 01 August 2008 - 12:58 PM
I had the same problem with many differenct kind of markers. I finally started using a regular lead pencil. Works fine and no more trouble with smearing.
Posted 01 August 2008 - 01:36 PM
If you use ETEX or another clearcoat that contains solvent, you can't use solvent based pens to sign or draw details on your bait - that includes Sharpies, etc. The easiest solution for me was to buy a fine poiint calligraphy pen (less than $5 at Michaels, etc) and use Createx black to sign the lure. A calligraphy pen is basically a plastic stick with an old style fountain pen nib attached to the end. This works out well because black is the last color I use for kill spots, etc on lures - so I just dip the pen in the airbrush cup and sign it. And black Createx flows through the pen tip better than any other color due to its small pigment particle size. It makes finer lines than any Sharpie. My signatures still look like crap but at least the lines are fine and never smeared
Posted 01 August 2008 - 05:23 PM
I also paint over with acrylic clear coat before topcoating !
Greetz , diemai
Posted 02 August 2008 - 11:43 AM
I tried several types over the years and the one I like the best is a pen used by surveyors. The ink from this pen won't run even if water is run over the top of it. I buy them at a local craft shop........look for one, they come in different tip sizes.
Posted 05 August 2008 - 03:40 AM
Great! Thnx for all your replies guys.
I am sure to clearcoat next one prior to the final topcoat. Such a bummer last one..
Posted 05 August 2008 - 10:37 AM
I'm with The Rookie on this one. Get yourself a Micron and have at it!
Posted 05 August 2008 - 11:51 AM
Hmm - Micron $200; Calligraphy pen $2. OK, the Micron has other uses but so does the pen. Write home to Mommy, do some unique temporary tatoos before you hit the singles bar, etc. I'm sure Rookie could find even more fun things to do with one!
Posted 05 August 2008 - 01:14 PM
You ought to see rookie with a mcdonalds straw,Bob.......lol
Posted 05 August 2008 - 06:53 PM
Do the same thing here.Works good.
Posted 05 August 2008 - 07:10 PM
If you are using a photo finish skin, you can print your signature right on the skin
Posted 05 August 2008 - 10:54 PM
LOL!!! BOB I have been wasting the last 30 mins thinkin about crap I could do with a pen!!! The list was too long to post!!!
But for the record.. I ment Micron PEN!!! You can buy one at HOBBY Lobby for about 2.47 cent!!! not a Micron Iwata... If I could use a Micron IWATA to sign my name that small.. The last thing I would paint is fishing lures!!