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Thinning Epoxy with Fingernail Polish Remover
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Posted 12 August 2008 - 08:38 AM
I think it will be a lot less work moving my lures that painting my boat cover.
Seriously, I paint and coat my lures in my garage, with the large overhead door open. In the summer here in Los Angeles, the temps. have been in the 80's, and my garage has a black roof, open framing, and no insulation, so it's hot in there when I'm painting.
I have a fan going, but that just moves some air. It's still hot.
And the temps on the lakes have been in the 90's, so there's not a big temp. swing there.
Since I can't heat the lures to the 120+ boat cover degree temps. while I'm paint and top coating, I think I'll just have to learn to remember to cut off my lures and move then after every trip.
It's easier than repainting them all the time.
Posted 12 August 2008 - 09:24 AM
Mark, I put the denatured A. in prior to mixing the D2T and have never had a problem with it not curing properly. Now I mix the batch for about 2 min for I start applying to the baits.
Posted 12 August 2008 - 09:39 AM
Just a small related side issue.
It made sense to me, to mix the solvent with one epoxy component first. This would buy extra time, allowing a thorough mix. Then introduce the second component of the epoxy and mix. But I remember someone mentioning that this was a bad idea.
Posted 12 August 2008 - 10:13 AM
I'm only going by what Downriver said.
Sounds like maybe you're not experiencing problems because you may be going heavier on the hardner, or you're just magic!
I've found that any DN in my initial mix of D2T screws things up.
Maybe it's just me.
Interesting what he said about increasing the hardner decreasing the yellowing. I may try that just to try to keep it clearer.
It's really great to have someone who actually works with these chemical, and unstands the processes involved, here to comment and teach. Understanding why stuff works the way it does is priceless.
If you do a search for "epoxy" on this site, you'll see there are endless questions concerning why and how.
Thanks for sharing your knowledge.
Posted 12 August 2008 - 07:03 PM
No problem. Just here to try and help and get a little info off you guys also.
Interesting about how the two paths intersected for me with custom painting and fishing. About 10 years ago, I worked for bass pro Kim Strickers cousin and nephew who owned a paint manufacturing company. Kim also owns a paint manufacturer here in Michigan. That sparked the interest again in fishing and started the r&d process of making my own lure coatings and techniques. I dabbled with it for a few years, then painted a few lures for walleye pro Pat Cavins. The rest is history. Now I enjoy kicking back on Sundays and watching people on TV fish with my lures.
Posted 13 August 2008 - 07:36 AM
Well I'm glad you're back in it, for sure.
Do you make bass lures?
Posted 13 August 2008 - 03:28 PM
I do, but don't really advertize them. Large volume, easy to paint walleye baits is what I like to do. I'd rather paint 50 $4 lures at a time then 2 or 3 $10 bass lures per order. It's such a contrasting market also. Try to sell a walleye pro a $10 custom and they'll laugh at you, no matter how detailed. On the other hand, a bass pro won't touch a $4-5 paint job, even if it's the exact same thing they're getting elsewhere for $15. Low price paint jobs in the bass world are perceived as junk right off the bat and most guys won't even take the time to find out otherwise.
Posted 13 August 2008 - 09:43 PM
Kinda like some of the people I do work for. They'd rather be hit by a Rolls Royce than missed by a Volkswagen.