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Featherlite degassing time needed?
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Posted 10 January 2009 - 09:03 AM
In your experience, how long should a blank be left alone before further work after pouring. I have noticed some tiny holes in the topcoat on a blank that had degassed for about 1 week.
Posted 10 January 2009 - 10:59 AM
To my knowledge, the blanks should be fine after the 2 hour demold time. Are you positive that the tiny holes were caused by the Featherlite degassing and not any of the other coatings?
Be sure to wash the blanks before primer is applied to remove any demolding spray. This might cause your pin holes.
Posted 10 January 2009 - 11:13 AM
Thnx for the reply. No I'm not sure, just a guess. I remember someone here (I think it was MuskyDan...) talking about degassing time of a couple days...
I don't use demolding spray, and as my baits are all foiled that shouldn't be it....hmmm maybe it is the etex.
Posted 10 January 2009 - 11:37 AM
I'll check with Dan about it. He has a lot of experience with the Featherlite and makes my new lure bodies for me.
Posted 10 January 2009 - 12:24 PM
I'm trying to remember who it was.........someone else was having problems with featherlite bubbles also. You might do a search on the topic, it has been discussed here before. If it doesn't bubble this time of year you might find it starts to degas when the weather warms up.
Posted 10 January 2009 - 01:14 PM
I always wait 2 weeks before I start working with a blank whether its plastic or foam. I have run into gassing problems in the past and this seams to solve them. I have shopping bags all over my studio with dates on them. and they usually don't get touched for about a month. I use aluminite but this should hold true with all plastic resins... if I try to cut joints a couple of hours after demolding it seams a little soft, the next day it is hard as a rock..Just my opinion.
Posted 11 January 2009 - 09:09 AM
I would say about a week to be sure that all the gas is gone!Cheers,Dan"
Posted 12 January 2009 - 02:50 AM
I'll try to be even more patient and leave the blanks alone for at least a week.
Posted 14 January 2009 - 10:18 AM
As they say; a picture says more than a thousand words:
Today on one of my testbaits I suddenly noticed this:
It's like a blister....I'm not sure how long between molding and topcoating etc on this one but I guess it must have been a couple of days..
So my guess is that this is actually gas...
what do you guys think?
Maybe I could drill s small hole in the belly as a 'vent' on next one....
Posted 15 January 2009 - 11:56 AM
I'd use it for an experiment. Does the blister flex or move when pressed upon? If you put a needle sized hole in the blister and then a glue or epoxy in the blister, does it stay in place? Can the blister be removed and covered with a body filler?
I can understand your initial disappointment, but when life serves you lemons, make lemonade. Good luck and tight lines.
Posted 15 January 2009 - 02:11 PM
Yes it is flexible and does move when pressed upon, actually like a real blister; same painful sensation ... lol
I will try to fix it, but I'm more concerned about this not happening again to a new bait....
Posted 29 January 2009 - 02:04 PM
What are you using as a primer or basecoat for molded baits?