Posted 30 January 2011 - 11:47 AM
I sand the blank smooth first, then drip on the crazy glue, usually Zap brand.
It's pretty easy to put on small amounts, and watch them run down and soak in. I usually put the tip of the glue bottle right onto the blank, and use the blank to control how much glue comes out.
If it's not smooth when I'm done, I wet sand it. After I add paint and top coat, it's smooth anyway.
I don't prime my balsa baits once I've sealed them with crazy glue. And my paint bonds just fine.
I just made a PVC lure that I wanted to fish the next day. I got it ready to paint, wet sanded it, and painted it without primer. The surface looked slightly pitted after the paint, but it's totally smooth after three dips in my urethane top coat.
I made the lure Friday, and fished it yesterday, and it worked just fine. No issues with the paint, or the top coat.
Of course, it's a two piece floater with a bill that runs down to 3', at the most, so I didn't hit any rocks with it. I did drop in on my driveway (by accident) when I was putting it in my boat, and there was not damage.
Try a test and see if you find that to be true for your baits, too.
It cut out a day in my lure making process, because I used to use rattle can primer that needed to dry/offgas overnight.
My Createx paint bonded very well to the PVC. I think heat setting it softened the PVC a little and helped it bond.