Nu Lustre 55
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Posted 23 August 2008 - 11:22 AM
Is the Nu Lustre 55 something thats available at hardware stores or does it need to be mail ordered?
Posted 08 September 2008 - 03:03 AM
I have been corresponding with the guys over at swingpaints for a few years now and have been telling them about the need for an epoxy to suit the needs of lure makers like us.
The new formulation is the best one yet and is making it much easier to get a bubble free finish every time. It also has uv protection and while it was supposed to be "drip free" it does still require the use of some type of rotisserie while it sets up unless you flip the lures end over end manually.
It works great if you do what I do...
I set up my clear coating area with a piece of wax paper under where I hang the baits. After mixing the epoxy which is a 2:1 ratio of resin to hardner I pour the mixture onto the wax paper and let it sit for about 30-60 minutes during which time it will release most of the bubbles itself and will have a shorter working time (less drip time) which I prefer.
What I do is then brush the epoxy onto the lures and then use a plastic scraper to get the drips back into one puddle after a while so I can brush it back on. I have to do this until I redesign my drying wheel to accommodate my swimbait sections.
What I love the most about this latest formula is how it doesn't seem to get cloudy at all and rarely ever needs the use of a blow torch to Plaster of Paris any bubbles that form. It's extremely durable too and quite tooth resistant.
I order directly from swingpaints myself and I'm not sure if they have this new mixture on the shelves yet. I know that Home Depot carries the original Nu-Lustre 55.
Love to hear from anyone else that tries the product and I'll forward your comments to the guys at Swingpaints for them to get feedback on it.
I'm still working with them to create a truly drip free epoxy that you could brush on then not need to use a rotisserie as it cures. Hopefully it will come into fruition and i for one will be first in line to get my hands on it!
Posted 08 September 2008 - 07:40 AM
I just finished my second, third, and fourth lures with the new 55, and it performed great.
I mixed up 4+ grams of it, one to one, and let it sit while I did a little D2T work on the spring tail holder on the two rat baits I made, and then coated all three baits on my wheel.
It was easy to brush on, and no bubbles.
It went on at 1:00 Saturday afternoon, and was set enough to fish with at 5:00 the next morning.
I'm curious. How much working time do you have with a two to one mix?
Also, can you buy the hardner separately, because, obviously, you're using it up twice as fast?
Posted 08 September 2008 - 09:46 AM
This formula is sold with a larger bottle of the resin and a smaller bottle of the hardner so you will use them up equally.
It's a two part resin to one part hardener mix.
The working time is probably about 90 minutes or so. I have been letting it sit for about 50-60 minutes before brushing it on only because my drying wheel is out of commission and I want to reduce the amount of open time that it will drip off.
It's really good stuff to work with and very clear once brushed on with no cloudiness at all.
Posted 09 September 2008 - 04:09 PM
Mark from Swing Paints - manufacturer of Nu-Lustre-55.
We now have 3 versions available.
Nu-Lustre-55 1:1 thick high build coating
Nu-Lustre-55 (ANTI-UV) 1:1 thick high build coating with UV inhibitors to prevent yellowing. Ideal for Exterior and Marine applications.
Nu-Lustre-55 Brush-On (ANTI-UV) 2:1 coating with UV inhibitors to prevent yellowing. Ideal for Exterior and Marine applications. Brush-on formula allows for application onto Vertical surfaces.
If anyone out there wants to put together a set of instructions for application onto lures, we can include them on our web site. Any other questions, please feel free to contact me firstname.lastname@example.org or post onto our online forum.
Thanks for all your support.
Posted 09 September 2008 - 04:48 PM
'll try and put something together for you Mark as I have had a chance to experiment with this new formula.
Posted 10 September 2008 - 10:13 AM
What is the difference between the 2:1 and 1:1 anti UV coatings? I see the 2:1 states it's brushable for vertical surfaces. Is the 1:1 thick build not suitable for brushing on lures?
Posted 10 September 2008 - 11:11 AM
The real advantage to this new 2:1 mixture for lure makers is how clear it sets up with little or no bubbles at all. Usually, when you use a brush to apply epoxy, you'll also end up with a zillion bubbles. You can still give it a quick sweep with a blow torch on low but once any bubbles are popped they don't seem to reappear. This is the major point that convinced me to make the switch from the original Nu-Lustre 55.
Plus it has the added UV protection so it won't yellow.
While it may not dip as long as the other formulas it does still require the use of a rotisserie to prevent it from running off unless you brush it on super thin which would then require many coats.
Posted 10 September 2008 - 04:23 PM
It sounds to me like your going about this all wrong. The real problem here is your lures are spending way to much time in the sun! Put them babies in the water! Thats what you made them for isnt it? I would be willing to bet $100.00 right now if you put them in the water they would not turn yellow any more. Problem solved. Oh and another cool side affect to getting them wet is that you catch fish also. Anyways just thought I would give you some good ol Montana advice. Good luck.
P.S. This was for Mark Poulson. Just a joke not trying to take anything away from swing paints.
Edited by MTfishingrods, 10 September 2008 - 04:26 PM.
Posted 10 September 2008 - 04:32 PM
I meant to write that it does not DRIP for as long as the other formulas not "dip".
Posted 10 September 2008 - 05:18 PM
You can't just make up your own mix ratios. You have to follow the manufacturers recommendation. If they say 1:1 and you go 2:1, 50% of one component is unreacted.The lure will be tacky, and if not, it will yellow like crazy.
Posted 10 September 2008 - 05:26 PM
I believe that Mark was referring to the 1:1 uv formula and not the very new 2:1 which I was fortunate enough to test before it was available to the public.
Posted 10 September 2008 - 05:32 PM
Sorry about that . somehow it took me to the 2nd page and I thought that was the latest post. Oops.
Posted 10 September 2008 - 06:18 PM
Arrrgh, you're a hard man, Shane!
You're right. I should catch more fish.
I switch up between different lures during the day, and they all see their share of the water.
And I caught a fish on a new lure Sunday, so I was jazzed.
But I was disappointed that the silver based paint scheme that i worked so hard to make is now turning golden.
I've switched to the Nu Lustre 55 UV protected formula to stop that.
Posted 11 September 2008 - 05:40 AM
Guy's keep up the testing and posting on this.
Looks like The stuff is not cheep and shipping is steep as well.
Posted 11 September 2008 - 05:48 AM
i do know using new lustre is very good. we have been using it for at least 5 years now. for toothy fish its the most durable we have used in clears.. we use different products for applications on metals, or plastics. on wood its great