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Posted 04 May 2009 - 04:36 PM
what are some good sealants for wood baits before testing for action/weighting?
epoxy is out of the question, just not practical enough.
i want to do the plasticoat method, but i need to get some acetone to dissolve polystyrene.
any other good, quick methods similar to the plasticoat method?
Posted 05 May 2009 - 01:17 AM
Buy a pound of Propionate out of the Classified section. Classified Ads - Tackleunderground
That will seal about 800 Crankbaits or 350+ Saltwater Plugs. The testing has been done. It is very strong and not brittle, durable, easy to use, indefinite shelf life, water proof, it penetrates, and can be used as a sealer and a topcoat.
Here is the link. http://www.tackleund...ood-sealer.html
Over the past 2 years I have sold about 200 pounds. I have shipped it to 10 or 12 different countries. There are lots of TU members using it and a bunch of guys from the top Saltwater Plug Building site.
Posted 06 May 2009 - 11:44 AM
Do you dip the baits or paint on the proprionate? how many layers?? I'm just trying to get an idea of time involved.
Posted 06 May 2009 - 05:36 PM
Propionate is a high quality plastic pellet that is very resistant to most solvents. It can be dissolved in Acetone and Virgin Lacquer Thinner. Most people use the Acetone because it evaporates very fast and speeds up the process.
Once the pellets are dissolved to a very thin solution the lure blank is soaked the first time to start the sealing process. After the first soak the bait should be hung to dry till it feels dry to the touch. Then the bait is dipped another 5-8 times until it gets a good coat and surface to paint on. The sealer will go on fairly thin and still give incredible protection from water.
I will try and post a copy of the how to use instructions tonight so you will have a better idea of how it works.
Posted 06 May 2009 - 07:20 PM
propionate/acetone looks like a good solution but i'm real short on cash now and can't afford that.
what about those cans of clear acrylic or clear enamel? would those seal the bait ok for weight testing and stuff?
Posted 06 May 2009 - 11:31 PM
This set of instructions. This is a simple to use sealer that is almost trouble free as long as you have a adequate ventilation.
Propionate Wood Penetrating Sealer and Base Coat
Items needed to start
Also, with fishing lures all eyelets and weights should be in place either before or just after the first soak. (this will insure your bait will be sealed tight and prevent air escaping while painting and water entering while fishing)
10. After dipping as many times as needed (I dip and let dry between 7 and 10 times). There might be a white surface to the wood. This can be resolved by dipping the corner of a cloth into acetone and wiping the woods surface till the propionate is clear, or using the cotton buffing wheel. (In ideal conditions the dip will dry with a diamond like shine and clarity. For this to happen, the humidity needs to be low. A dehumidifier in their paint room could solve this problem.)
New tips for propionate…
I am now using one jar of thin and I keep a jar of super thick just to add to the thin jar when needed.
With the thin jar I get better cover and a very smooth finish with just a few extra dips. Drying time is faster and any bubbles that may be on the bait will Plaster of Paris easier when it is removed from the jar to drip.
To make the super thick jar, I will just add about 1 part pellets and 4 parts acetone. This takes longer to dissolve but it will stay ready to add to your thin jar any time you need to refill. All you need to do is add about 1 part thick and about 3 to 4 parts acetone. Just a light stir will mix it in.
From what I have found Wide Mouth Mason jars work the best. The acetone can cause the rubber seal under the lid to dissolve and fall into the jar of you mix. To prevent this, take you new jar and add about 1oz. of acetone to it and put the lid on and turn it upside down over night. When you open it, the rubber ring will be softened. Wipe or scrape off as much as you can off. To get the rest off, dip the corner of a rag in acetone and wipe it clean.
Posted 07 May 2009 - 05:26 AM
P.B - I already have a few pounds of this stuff and use it for all sorts of things besides sealing lures, I was wondering how much a pound/ kilo it is. This may sound like a 'feeder' but I am just curious, as I was given mine so have never had to buy any (yet).pete
Posted 07 May 2009 - 06:46 AM
1 Pound = 0.45359237 Kilograms
1 Kilogram = 2.20462262 Pounds