Foiling with Reflecto Tape
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Posted 24 December 2008 - 07:33 PM
Has anyone tried foiling with reflecto or holoform tape? Seems simple enough. Cut a pattern out of paper that fits your lure; then copy the pattern onthe tape cut it out and apply tp lure. Next exospy the bait; paint top and bottom and head and exopsy again and your done. Right?
Posted 25 December 2008 - 01:03 AM
Yeah, I guess, if you're talking about the holo tape like Witch Tape sold for spoons and blade baits. The practical problem is that it's stiff and won't conform or stick well to anything but a flat metal surface. For crankbaits, you want something thin and supple that can be smoothed out so the margins won't be obtrusive. JMHO
Posted 25 December 2008 - 02:18 AM
They used to sell such ready-made holoform tape cut-outs for certain biggger saltwater pirk models at the German supplier HAKUMA ihr Spezialist für Köder, Kunstköder, Meeresangeln, Raubfisch angeln, Pilker, Wobbler, Fischen, Bleiguss, Formen, Ruten, Rollen, Dorsch angeln, Leng angeln in Norwegen, Dänemark, Hitra .
Never worked with these , since I don't do saltwaterfishing , but the body shape of sucha pirk is quite alike to a minnow crankbait , only that it's made of lead alloy .
You can stretch this type of foil to a certain grade , I use it sometimes on homemade spoons , but as the curves to be covered with it get more pronounced , it tends to evolve wrinkles on the edges .
Foiling those pirks or also crankbaits with that tape you would have to leave out the rounded back ,-and belly portion , only cover the flanks and the early transitions to back and belly to avoid those wrinkles .
You might try cutting those wrinkles with a razor-sharp , pointed scalpel knife to flatten them out and cover those portions with paint later , but I haven't tried it before to remove wrinkles that way , since on my spoons I have never applied extra paint on that holoform scale foil , just some 2K topcoat .
The lest problems you'd have with flat-sided lures like "Grandma" or "ACE Flipper" style .
I'm planning on giving it a try as well some day .
PS : Had some pictures handy showing , how I cover a homemade spoon with that foil , maybe these could give a little impression about it:huh: ?
good luck:yay: , diemai
Posted 25 December 2008 - 07:40 AM
Thanks for the info guys. I see your point about working around the curves; I might tru the tape on flat sided baits. Just something to play with this winter!
Posted 26 December 2008 - 03:29 PM
It works great on Rattle baits since they are flat sided. I like to put a light coat of white over it just to knock down the reflectiveness a little then finish with D2t.