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Posted 11 April 2009 - 02:44 PM
Iíve read a number of comments about various topcoat products. What I havenít read or found is a comment about the performance of a lure with 2T epoxy compared with, say, a lure "right out of the box". I had an opportunity to re-paint a lure that had epoxy topcoat. Just for giggles, I weighed the lure on my digital kitchen scale and the result was 3/8 oz. I removed the epoxy, the factory finish and paint, and then re-painted and sprayed with SEAL-COAT, result was ľ oz. Granted, my repaint was not "right out of the box" but I feel an 1/8-oz is significant. When I look at safety, ease of application and clean-up, finish durability, lure performance, and aesthetics, my money is on SEAL-COAT.
Posted 11 April 2009 - 03:58 PM
Talking about Cement Sealer?
link to manufacturer please
Posted 11 April 2009 - 04:21 PM
SEAL-COAT is a product made by a company named Component Systems, Inc. It is advertised as "a 1 step epoxy replacement that provides a deep gloss, fast drying, extremely durable worm proof finish--all with no measuring and no odor". It cautions to use in well ventilated area. It is water clean-up. I spray in the garage but the product was made for dipping jig heads and spinner baits. Can be purchased from Barlow's or Netcraft or from the manufacturer in larger quantities.
Posted 11 April 2009 - 04:37 PM
Ah yes, I remember now reading about that last year. Ever use it on larger lures, 2-3oz?
Posted 11 April 2009 - 05:11 PM
No, I sure haven't. Largest lure I've done is a re-paint of a Strike King King Shad. I've used Seal-Coat on some small top water plugs that a fellow is going to use for speckled trout. I've had no feed back concerning durability.
Posted 11 April 2009 - 08:55 PM
1/8 oz of finish on a commercial bait? Seems like a bunch! On 2 - 2.5" bass baits coated with 1 coat of D2T, I usually see .03-.04 oz in extra weight. I'm wondering if the bait was wood? Commercial builders often use solvent based glues or similar coatings as a thick "build up" layer before they paint and clearcoat. When I'm refinishing lures like that, I leave the build-up coat on the lure to preserve its weight and shape - and so I won't have to deal with raw wood.
Posted 12 April 2009 - 06:31 AM
The total combined weight of the epoxy finish added to the factory finish was 1/8 oz. I stripped all the finish and paint down to the plastic. The lure was plastic. I have also repainted wooden and plastic lures that have had a gesso type undercoating that was used to even out surface blemishes and adjust weight. I have used thinned D2T as a primer to seal and even out surface blemishes on wooden lures.