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Posted 14 November 2008 - 10:07 AM
I've had some clear topwater poppers start to take on water, and used just crazy glue, the runny kind, to stop the leaks without re-coating the whole lure, but I'm always checking them to see if they are leaking again. The problem is the ballast balls rust, and turn the inside of the lure a rusty color. Interesting, but not what I want. So I decided to seal them, permanently.
Here's what I do with lures that leak.
Be sure you've gotten all the water out. I use a hair dryer to keep it heated for an hour, off and on, and then check it by holding it in a tissue and shaking it. If there's still water in it, I can see it in the tissue.
If the seam is leaking, I brush on crazy glue, or epoxy, if I can find the actual spots where it's leaking.
If not, I just coat the whole lure in another coat of clear epoxy, repaint, and add another coat of epoxy.
Or I repaint it and then re-coat the whole thing in two coats of epoxy.
The extra epoxy can make a suspending lure sink, but not enough to matter.
Posted 14 November 2008 - 12:11 PM
Thanks for your info , I suspected it to be a knock-off , hope , that it would at least run like the original , when I'd be done with it:wink: !
@ mark poulson
Mark , thanks once more for your help and advice , I had already accidentally found out , that heat would let the water come out of the lure . When I held it to scrape off the paint , I saw the water for the first time and figured out , that it must be the warmth of my hand causing this .
After I did some more with a lighter flame , but to be sure , I'm gonna put it on the radiator for a few days , so I can be sure , all water evaporates(Guess , something you won't need in your place , lol ) .
I thought about closing the holes with superglue(guess , you call it "crazy glue" over there ?) , but I also have some special plastic glue , that melts the plastic and fuses it together , maybe , I'm gonna try that one !
To detect suspected holes in plastic lures , there is a method , that I have read somewhere before , hope , I still get it straight !
Put the lure in a deep freezer for a day , after put it in warm water .
As the air inside of the the lure heats up , it expands and releases small bubbles at the leak . Hope , that I remember correctly , but seems logical to me:huh: !
Greetz , Dieter
Posted 14 November 2008 - 03:08 PM
Crazy glue=super glue. Sorry for being unclear.
Your method for finding leaks sound good. Let us know how it works.