Cd For Lip?
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Posted 02 July 2010 - 06:34 AM
I read that Cd's are 99% Polycarbonate, they are mostly 1.2mm thick.
Would this be too thin for bass lures? Has anyone given this a try?
Posted 02 July 2010 - 10:18 AM
It is fragile and will break if it hits anything hard.
Posted 02 July 2010 - 12:23 PM
1/32" circuit board or 1/16" polycarbonate (aka Lexan) is stiffer and more durable.
Posted 06 July 2010 - 08:17 AM
I'm sure I will find out the hard way but in my limited testing I could not break this lip with moderate torture testing. in the end the lip "Sheared" off rather than break. Many smacks on edge with a hammer and rock did not even chip it.
I am going to proceed with one and use it roughly, so far it seems pretty strong.
Posted 06 July 2010 - 10:00 AM
Please keep us posted.
Posted 06 July 2010 - 08:25 PM
You could also try that clear "cd" that comes at the top of a 25 or 50 pack spindle. I would be careful of that the shiny coating on the top of a cd. I've had cds crack and that stuff gets all over and is a real mess. Is very light and is a perfect material to go right into your eyes while cutting.
I've got a bunch of the clear ones, maybe I will try it.
Posted 06 July 2010 - 08:51 PM
Like husky said they break easy. It will be very clear when you fish in the cold. The Cd's I used would separate in layers after they were cut. A stock CD is sealed on the edge better than the inside. To save you frustrations find the hottest your fishing box is going to get and the coldest the water is going to get. PS more than once I have broken ice with the boat to fish or fished frozen rivers that are below freezing. Stick a peace in the freezer the size of lip you are going to use. use a pare of vise grips and clamp the peace if you don't break it then tap it on solid objects to see how much it can take it will warm up quickly, so be fast for a good test. also you might be surprised how hot your box will get I have slacked and melted worms enough to stick together.
Posted 07 July 2010 - 09:52 PM
I wouldn't waste my time on these things. These guys are correct. Somewhere, I read that CD's and DVD's were made of pure polycarbonate crystals and they are crystal clear once you get the shiny coating off of them. I tried using cds and dvd's and was very disappointed in them. As Kelly said, the layers seperate easily after cutting. I glued the layers back together but it didn't seem to make them any more durable. The first bill did well until I hung it up and just a couple of jerks the bill snapped off. The others broke just banging them off the rocks while retreiving. The water was cold (march), I havn't fooled with them since. Should you decide to proceed, good luck and keep us posted.
Posted 08 October 2010 - 04:56 AM
I don't know what kind of cd's you guys use but mine are not laminated...... I'v used them for a while now and it works great, never had a lip break either , I think my balsa bodies break first before the lip would break.
Only downside they're only available in 1.2mm thickness, and I can't find a good supplier for thicker lexan arround here. But for lures to about 2.5 inches they work great.
Posted 08 October 2010 - 07:08 PM
A 12 x 48 piece of 1/16 goes for $10.89. Nice clear polycarbonate for making bait bills. Seems reasonable enough.
Posted 08 October 2010 - 07:49 PM
Polycarbonate is pretty much dirt cheap. Its the same stuff they make bulletproof glass from. I'm not sure why you'd bother with something inferior for the lip after putting all that work into a bait.
A well-made bait with a polycarbonate bait will handle year and years of very rugged use in any temp.