Hey I have used this on my first 30 baits had to order more baits took about two to three weeks before they came in. Alright here is my question once I started painting and dipping everything just like before but when I hang them the paint shrivels up and I can not figure it out. Change everything from cleaning bait, base paint, and still same effect. Does this go bad? My cousin paints cars and he said it sounds like it is tring to dry from inside out. I dont know but wanted to figure out what is going on.
Steve here in Missouri. I am the one who recommended Deft Clear Wood Finish for dipping for a final coat(s).
It sounds like you have put too much paint....or too many coats of paint on your lure before you have dipped it if the paint is shriveling up.
I have done this......I had put a primer coat on the lure, and then sprayed 2-3 more coats of rattle can spray paint on top of that.....then dipped the lure...and sure enough the paint crinkled up and looked terrible.
This is a result of having too much paint on your lure.
Do this.....put on your primer coat....then spray on only one coat if you are using a solid color...or if you want scales or stripes .....put your main paint coat on...then lightly....lightly spray on the scales or stripss - then let dry throughly and then you are ready to dip the lure.
The crinkleing could also be a result of not allowing enough time for the paint to dry on the lure before dipping it into the Deft. This will also sometimes cause the paint to crinkle up.
Figure on drying time between coats of paint - about a min. of 3-4 hours...until the lure is no longer tacky...but fully dry.
Give this a try and I think you will have better results with the Deft for a final coat.
You can coat the lure 2....3...or more times for a glass like really smooth finish too. I usually sparingly.....again....sparingly....use a little fine steel wool and rub the plug down good between coats of the Deft dip.