cheapest brushes for top coat?
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Posted 24 March 2009 - 08:00 PM
I'm about to give up on D2T I keep getting streaks of bare paint with no epoxy on it as well as tons of tiny bubbles.
I'm guessing brushes may help so I'm looking for the cheapest way out here.
Thanks in advance for any advice.
Posted 24 March 2009 - 09:16 PM
I use flux or gluebrushes for applying my top coats. they can be found for about $.20 each and wash easily in some acetone. I usually can get 4-6 uses from each brush.
to help apply your top coat hit it for a few seconds with a hair dryer or hot air gun. this will allow the epoxy to thin out enough to be brushed over the entire lure. just be carefull as too much heat could blister your paint and it willalso cause the epoxies to kick-off faster
Posted 24 March 2009 - 10:17 PM
I buy kid's paint brushes.. usually next to the coloring books at walmart or hobby lobby.. i get 144 brushes for 3.99.. I have no idea what that works out to per brush.. but I use them once and toss them. not worth the effort to clean the out. I also like the coloring books when I love to pass time with nothing else better to read in the bathroom..
Posted 24 March 2009 - 10:24 PM
I also use flux brushes, but I toss'em when finished. I'm guessing you have some sort of texture on the bait that doesn't allow devcon to fill in. You can brush over some of it, but sometimes no matter what ya do it just wont fill in. I used to get it all the time.
After heat setting the paint take some automotive clear in a rattle can and cover the bait lightly a few times. This will smooth out your surface and the devcon will fill in and look like glass. Also works wonders with etex.
Posted 24 March 2009 - 10:48 PM
thanks for the input guys. I've actually been getting the streaks on smooth crankbaits. I have no idea why some do it some don't. But my best paint job this far was ruined with a ton of bubbles across the belly in the clear.
I'm sure the brushes will rid the bubbles but would etex eliminate the streaks?
Curious which clear you use tater.
Well off to wally world for kid brushes.
Posted 24 March 2009 - 11:57 PM
Once you have painted, do not handle the body without gloves. Oils from your hands can cause problems.
Apply the top coat under a strong light, so that you can see what you are doing. It is easy to miss a bit.
Some members say to breathe on the bubbles, the carbon dioxide in your breath pops the bubbles, some use a hair dryer to warm the coat, this helps thin the coat, allowing the bubbles an easier escape. Some do both, by breathing into the back of the hair dryer.
Clean your brushes before you use. You probably tested the bristles with your hand and contaminated them. This would explain the streaks.
Edited by Vodkaman, 24 March 2009 - 11:58 PM.
Posted 25 March 2009 - 02:15 AM
Similar to The_Rookie I recently was lucky to purchase 24 disposable plastic brushes per pack for 1 € at a store , that you would call "The Dollar Store" over there .
These did very well for topcoating epoxy laquer and did not loose a single bristle so far . I have bought quite a few dozens of them for the start , since these shops don't always have steady supply !
good luck , diemai:yay:
Posted 25 March 2009 - 07:24 AM
I use an artist brush. . After use, I wipe brush on paper towel, swish it around in a small cup of alcohol, then store it in a fresh cup of alcohol. I have used this same brush for over a year with no noticable wear. It is a super soft brush that keeps the epoxy smooth when applying.
Posted 25 March 2009 - 07:26 AM
The streaks are caused by you brushing the epoxy on to thin. Put a thick coat on then go back and brush off the excess. Hold your bait under a light and look for spots you have missed. You can also breath lightly on the bait to get rid of some of those little bubbles.
Devcon is the easiest top coat to use and the most forgiving. You can lightly scuff the bait with 400 grit sandpaper and re-coat.
I use the plastic craft brushes, cut in half so that you have a stir stick.
Posted 25 March 2009 - 07:33 AM
I buy the cheapo brushes at the hardware store for $.15 each. Here is a really good tip that I read here on T.U. (sorry I can't remember who posted it originally). Before using the cheapo brush take a pair of pliers and clamp down on the metal piece that connects the bristles to the brush. This will eliminate bristles coming off in your devcon and embedding into the top coat.
Posted 25 March 2009 - 10:31 AM
EXACTLY!! Best bargain in town......... Minus the coloring book part...... I have a hard time multi-tasking.
A hair dryer and a few extra strokes will take care of the bubbles.
Posted 25 March 2009 - 10:48 AM
Thanks for the tips guys. I just returned from walmart where I purchased a 30 pack of kids brushes for 2 bucks.
Not as good as taters deal but 6cents a piece I can throw away without loseing sleep.
I also purchased 100 latex free gloves to reduce contamination.
I'm off to the shop, I'll report new results tonight.
Posted 26 March 2009 - 10:55 PM
Just wanted thank you all again for the tips. I finished 4 baits today and they are flawless.
I mixed the devcon with a fresh brush handle then flipped over and brushed on.
Whatever the culprit was it has been eliminated.
Posted 27 March 2009 - 09:35 AM
This is where I get mine........
5/8" Acid Brush - Acid - R. S. Quality Products, Inc.
Posted 28 March 2009 - 07:54 PM
"me too note"
The wallymart kids brushes work best for me. I would be too clumsy to use an acid brush around the bill or in the crevices of a jointed bait. I've tried cleaning brushes but don't have the patience to clean them.
Posted 28 March 2009 - 08:16 PM
Rm Thanks for the link,that's a great price for those brushes @ 144count.
Posted 28 March 2009 - 09:22 PM
When you get the brushes, squeeze the end together really hard with some good pliers to tighten the grip around the bristles. Now run your fingers through the bristles about 20 times to get all the loose bristles out and you are good to go.
Posted 29 March 2009 - 04:10 AM
I paint acetone onto an old brick. This sorts out the loose bristles and cleans the brush at the same time.
Posted 29 March 2009 - 08:27 AM
I've found I have better luck with top-coating by putting 2 coats of rustoleum clear gloss lacquer on first then clearing with either Devcon or Etex. I liking Etex more and more every time I use it. Ditto on the 144 brushes for 3.99 at wally world.