Nu Lustre 55
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Posted 18 August 2008 - 04:20 PM
I just got an order of the Nu Lustre 55 UV protected epoxy in the mail.
The instructions don't address things like lure coating.
They also only recommend their own solvent for cleanup.
Does anyone here know what solvent I should use? I am too cheap to mix some up just to play with it.
Also, can I use it just like Etex, with Createx water based paints, and Krylon solvent based spray glitter?
As usual, any help will be deeply appreciated.
Posted 18 August 2008 - 05:04 PM
No need to thin that stuff. It's meant to be applied as is. If you MUST, use lacquer thinner, not DNA.
Yes, you should be able to use it over any other paint, as long as it's not a topcoat that has mar/abbrasion additives in it.
Looks like you made a good choice of coatings! Congrats for not going glue!
Posted 18 August 2008 - 07:19 PM
Is this any different than Envirotex Lite (aka ETEX)? Both are "table top epoxies".
Posted 18 August 2008 - 07:41 PM
I think it's kind of a cross between D2T and Etex in working time. Thicker than Etex.
I am trying it because it has UV blockers, and I'm tired of my silver baits turning a golden hue after I've used them for a while. It's hard enough to get the paint scheme right the first time, at least for me, without Mr. Golden Sun putting in his two cents!
If it's easy to use, I'm going to re coat my other silver baits to give them the additional UV protection. Plus another coat of epoxy can't hurt!
Posted 18 August 2008 - 08:21 PM
Looks similar, but I'd guess it's higher molecular weight(tougher, thicker, and more heat resistant). Mark's post kinda confirms my suspicion. Plus, it appears to have UV additives.
Posted 18 August 2008 - 10:52 PM
I have used it recently on some of our newest Musky baits. It is very high gloss and working time is about the same as Etex. It is a little tougher than etex but not as tough as D2. It is thin and that is why I tried it. The jury is still out as far as what Musky teeth will do to the baits.....
Posted 19 August 2008 - 03:14 AM
It should get here in about 5 years @$50 a half pint, you guys will have the bugs ironed out by then, I hope. pete
Posted 19 August 2008 - 07:44 AM
new lustre is what we use. it is thicker and dries more clear. we love it.. just remember to mix correctly and stir well.. we have mesky lures that have hunks taken out but the clear holds very well with no paint peel.
Posted 20 August 2008 - 07:15 PM
new lustre fumes are same as etex. there not bad in an area thats not constricted.
Posted 21 August 2008 - 12:19 PM
Does anyone use the one that doesn't have uv blockers? its about half the price
Posted 21 August 2008 - 04:21 PM
i also use nu lustre as woodie does( thanxs for the tip oldtimer) lol, been using it for over a yr now and love it, it is between dv2 and etex as far as thickness, and is tougher then etex, just make to warm the bottles a little before using it!
Posted 22 August 2008 - 05:48 PM
I just coated my first lure with it. Actually, I just put on the second coat.
I did notice that it seems to hold tiny bubbles longer, and has a tendency to make bubbles as I brushed it on, but they mostly go away.
Otherwise, it works just like Etex, and the first coat was clear and beautiful. I just want the extra protection of a second coat.
I wiped the lure down with denatured alcohol before I recoated it. Is that necessary?
Posted 22 August 2008 - 06:03 PM
I'm using D2T on my topwaters now. Is there enough advantage to the Nu Lustre to warrant switching over? I havent found any problems so far with my D2T coated lures, but I've only been making/fishing them for 3 seasons now, so maybe there will be longer term issues?
Just so much about topcoats out there hard to know what is needed, whats overkill, whats "Ford vs Chevy" etc! D2T has worked well for me and so I am hesitant to change something thats been working.
Posted 22 August 2008 - 07:22 PM
Not if you're recoating it within 48 hours or so. After that, I'd scuff sand it before applying a second coat.
Posted 22 August 2008 - 07:25 PM
Advantages would probably be less yellowing and easier, more forgiving, application. Durability should be comparable, with possibly a slight edge for the D2T.
Posted 22 August 2008 - 11:40 PM
thats it in a nutshell, have never had my baits yellow with nu lustre, dev is a little tougher, just not worth the headache compared to nu lustre, IMHO, and i recoat nu lustre baits, with in 12 hrs, makes it one super tough coat like instead of 2 seperate coats, in my experince
Posted 23 August 2008 - 08:47 AM
And here in a further 2
Posted 23 August 2008 - 08:59 AM
I wave a propane torch over the baits as they rotate and all the bubbles disappear.