Kbs Diamond Finish
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Posted 04 August 2010 - 10:57 PM
anybody tried brushing the finish yet? i'm interested in seeing how this stuff is when applied with a brush.
Posted 05 August 2010 - 12:38 AM
I wish they offered the stuff in an aerosol can.....it would be very convenient to be able to spray it without using an airbrush.
Posted 08 August 2010 - 11:33 PM
Sorry I took so long guys and gals.
I have tested my KBS top coat and was successful.
I fished two lures all day with no fail catching walleye bass and catfish.
Createx water based paint.
One dip of KBS.
KBS was cured for two weeks before fished.
No chips or even scratches yet.
Posted 08 August 2010 - 11:59 PM
Are there issues with storage with this clear coat like there are with DN? Also, has anyone tried spraying it?
Posted 09 August 2010 - 01:31 AM
I have never sprayed probably won't far a while.
As for storage I have only had it a month maybe with no problems yet.
I dip and reseal can with new plastic between the lid every time.
Posted 18 August 2010 - 04:03 PM
Have you guys that are using the KBS noticed any storage issues yet? Any signs of clumps, thick spots or things like that?
Posted 19 August 2010 - 01:50 PM
Are you guys using the top coat or the clear coat? Any idea what the difference is?
Posted 21 August 2010 - 04:40 PM
I'm thinking about giving this a try? KBS website says its incredibly tough and remains permanently flexible. It also says it can be brushed on without leaving marks because its self leveling. I think I would brush on a 2-3 coats? I am having pretty could luck with 2 part epoxies but I am getting some hook and teeth marks. I build musky lures and the big hooks are hard on the lures along with the teeth. This could be some good stuff according to their website. The only down fall is the stuff curing in the can? I think I would tap the bottom with a sheet metal screw and a rubber washer. The other thing is the smell? For those who have used it how do you think it would work for me? Any info would be great!!
Posted 22 August 2010 - 11:25 AM
I THINK it will work I have been using it on bass lures and I tournament fish I'm hard on lures. No problems yet.
I only dip once.
Never tried brushing yet.
The smell is very mild.
I stirred KBS with a plastic stir stick, after that stick covered with KBS was dry I bent that stick over double with no cracking or stretch marks or any other marks.
As far as curing in can I have had the same can over a month ok so far.
Posted 23 August 2010 - 04:28 PM
Matty et all
I threw a few racks together today of micro scuttlebuggers and shot them with all different colors. These two racks represent a new way of doing things here, dip seal, dip primer, spray and dip clear. Up until this point I've always dip sealed then sprayed from there out so this is something a bit different. I wanted to see how much faster adding as many dips as possible was compared to spraying. Much faster.
Last time I dipped a bunch of stuff and sealed the can with saran wrap. So I open up my KBS and IT'S HARD AS A ROCK...
LOL not. It was just fine. I dipped 50 lures. Some drawbacks to this stuff. It creeps.... If you dip you can't sprinkle any glitter on the lure...it creeps no matter how long you wait in the first 20 min or so. So it takes an extra step...STEPS....because I went back twice in the course of an hour and a half and found little beads on the bottom of the lure which had to be wiped off with a brush. The first time was about 20 minutes after they dipped and dripped...the second time was surprising because there didn't look like there was any more to drip. So you have to dip, let it sit for a long while, then go back and sprinkle glitter on them if that's what you do. Time consuming...
Also the second time I went back to check them, when I wiped them with the brush I got thick stringy clear coming off the end of the lure where the brush touched...it's very touchy you have to hit the stuff at just the right time.
Anyways I wanted to see how the stuff worked out with some freshwater lures going to some shops. It has a bunch of drawbacks but I do love the clarity and look of the lures with it on.
Resealed the can with bloxygen and saran again also...had to clean the lid off with pliers there was a bunch of dried gook on there even though I had wiped it pretty good before.
See how it works on the next batch I plan on spraying it to see how it works out.
Attaching a couple of pics to show how the stuff looks close up. Camera isn't that good. P8230041.jpg 56.08KB 183 downloads P8230042.jpg 66.4KB 185 downloads
Edited by saltybugger, 23 August 2010 - 04:28 PM.
Posted 23 August 2010 - 04:30 PM
Those pics are sideways also, the bodies hang by their tails.
Posted 23 August 2010 - 06:55 PM
I dip my lures in DN and the way I add glitter is to first mix up some Etex and add the glitter to the Etex. I then brush the glitter/Etex mix onto the bait. The thing I like about doing it this way is that the Etex remains fluid long enough that I can take a brush and move the glitter around to make sure it's evenly spread. The lure is then placed on the turner and the Etex is allowed to dry. Then I dip it in DN. This does add an extra step and increases the overall amount of time spent on the lures, but I feel it's worth it to get the kind of finish I'm looking for and I'm not having the kind of problems you described.
Posted 24 August 2010 - 03:03 PM
Still got those @#$@! bubbles in the last little drip spot on the bottom of the lure and inside the eyes. Several of the bubbles in the eyes were as big as the eye...covered the whole depth of the eye. I really dislike this stuff due to the bubbles in those thicker spots. That's the biggest drawback I've seen so far. One stupid little issue..
Edited by saltybugger, 24 August 2010 - 03:04 PM.
Posted 24 August 2010 - 05:12 PM
I couldn't really tell from the pics, but are you dipping the lures before adding the hook hangers? The reason I ask is that when I hang my baits the clear coat flows out to the end of the hook hanger before dripping off and this leaves a nice smooth finish on the lure itself. Any cleanup that needs to be done is just a matter of cleaning the metal hook hanger. If you didn't want to install the hardware before dipping you might try inserting a small diameter screw where the hardware goes and allow the top coat to flow out onto it. Just a thought.
Posted 25 August 2010 - 01:08 PM
I sell alot on ebay and finish many many baits. I normally brush 1 coat of DN. Then finish with one coat of ETEX and havent had any issues with this system. Just got my pint of KBS and brushed 6 baits. I really like how it flows while brushing but I do have the bubbles everyone is talking about. The baits are completely dry I painted them 2 days ago with watercolors. They are completeing the drying process now and I will apply a second coat here in a little while and I will post the final results.
Posted 25 August 2010 - 03:17 PM
Hung by the tails is the only way to do these because they use #2 screws to hold the bib in. I found that you can hang them with a #10 cup hook and just softly insert it in the tail hole. The drip is on the top of the lure right at the point that it meets the bib because that's the lowest part when it hangs. Wish they could be flipped I already said that to myself.
Posted 26 August 2010 - 08:43 PM
My final verdict, stuff is VERY hard and scratch proof. Dries crystal clear but the bubbles are unacceptable. Don't waist your money on this stuff stay with DN etex or D2. I poured about 1/4 inch of this into a dish and left it. it dried with many bubbles like dish soap this bubbleing must be part of the curing process. This is NOT the answer to clearcoats it is a waste of money
Posted 26 August 2010 - 10:45 PM
Has anyone tried contacting the manufacturer and asking them about the troubles with the bubbles? Troubles with bubbles?? Now I sound like an old Star Trek episode.
Edited by RayburnGuy, 26 August 2010 - 10:46 PM.
Posted 27 August 2010 - 02:46 AM
I have no experience at all with a moisture cured polyurethane, because I cannot find a similar stuff where I am. Everything I know about DN topcoat comes from what I have been reading here.
But I cannot understand the way some people come to a verdict. Don't waste your money on the stuff, which seems to be the ideal topcoat (very hard and very flexible) because one cannot get rid of the air bubbles that appear in the topcoat. This approach is too harsh, I think.
So if I had the chance to test such a topcoat, and notice a problem (air bubbles in the topcoat)I would try to find out first where the bubbles come from. I think there are 4 possibilities:
1) The bubbles come from the lure (either from the paint or from the wood)
2) The bubbles form when you pour the stuff from the can into something smaller (a jar, for instance)
3) The bubbles form when you brush on the stuff on the lure (if this is the case)
4) The stuff itself forms bubbles when curing, but this is a chance that few people would believe in.
Now how could I eliminate any of these possibilities?
If the bubbles come from the lure, I think there is a simple way to eliminate this possibility. Let the lure dry completely (wood and paint), then raise the temperature of the lure before applying the topcoat (many ways to do that). This way, any tiny air bubbles in the paint or underneath it will expand, and after applying the topcoat the temperature of the lure will gradually come back to the temperature of the place you are working in. If there is still some air in the paint or under it, the cooling of the lure will suck the remaining air into the lure, (vacuum forces), so the air will not even try to come to the surface.
If you think this is not a good way to eliminate the first mentioned possibility, there is an even better one to do this. Just apply your usual topcoat you are familiar with (epoxy or DN), then put on a second topcoat of KBS to see if the bubbles still appear.
2) If the bubbles appear when you pour the stuff out of the can (and this might be the case, as I can deduct from what happened when KBS was poured into a dish), then I would ask myself why the bubbles do not come to the surface to disappear there. For many years now, I use honey in the house (my son likes it), and I could notice that even the air bubbles in thick type of honey will find their way to the surface, even if it would take days for that. So is this stuff thicker than honey, so that the air bubbles could not escape from it?
If this would be the case, I would definitely choose to brush the stuff on the lure, because this way I could put on a thinner coat than by just dipping, and therefore the bubbles could escape from the topcoat much easier. But if I could not still get the results I want, I would surely contact the manufacturer, to see if the stuff could be thinned, so that the air bubbles could be eliminated.
3) If the air bubbles do form on the lure when you brush it on, I would try to brush on as thin a coat as possible, to "help" the air bubbles to go out.
So if you have already bought this stuff which seems to be the dream of lure builders,except for a minor bubble problem, I think you might some day regret to have thrown some "diamonds" to the garbage.
Posted 27 August 2010 - 03:59 AM
I love the stuff and if any body throws it out I want it. Lol