Best Filler To Use
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Posted 07 December 2011 - 10:12 PM
I've used several different things over the years, but as I'm usually just gluing in ballast and filling around it I use epoxy glue, which bonds much better with balsa wood than epoxy putty. If some silly or impatient crankbait fisherman slaps the water with one of my baits to clear the hooks of a little debris, it benefits him and me if the ballast doesn't come shooting out of the belly. While the epoxy putty is itself strong, it doesn't have a lot of tooth, or penetration into the wood to form a strong bond; and I just prefer working with epoxy glue as opposed to Bondo. A little sanding and it is ready for my next process, which is a coat of epoxy for sealing the lure. While some builders might think this is overkill, I want my baits to be as durable as possible, to stand up to hard usage in difficult places, and to continue to catch fish year after year.
Posted 08 December 2011 - 03:07 AM
Have you guys ever tried using Fiberglass filler instead of bondo? I would think it would bond better and it will also be more water resistant. This also is a bondo like product that will sand real easy once it sets up. There is a product by the name of MAR GLASS that can be purchased at many auto paint supply houses or I believe they also carry it at PEPBOYS Auto part stores.
Posted 08 December 2011 - 09:37 AM
If you coat the ballast holes in your balsa with the runny kind of crazy glue before you add the ballast, the crazy glue penetrates into the balsa and makes a stronger surface for glue, and epoxy, to hold to.
Posted 08 December 2011 - 08:49 PM
MinnWax sells wood putty which is nothing but Bondo...same putty, same hardener.....same smell. Most hardware stores carry it.
Posted 11 December 2011 - 06:26 PM
My method is similar to yours, I collect the sawdust powder from my band saw, then pack it in around the weight hole and smooth it to match the belly contour then drop a couple of drops of thin CA on it and it is done. I am not a seller so if it is just a little rough, I don't mind. I have sanded it smooth but it is very hard, almost like trying to sand steel.
Posted 15 December 2011 - 06:54 PM
Tried locktite putty thanks to this thread and will be using it from now on. Hardens in about ten minutes and its easy to sand what else can you
Posted 17 December 2011 - 10:24 AM
When I remove ballast from a lure because it's too heavy, or it's in the wrong place, I pack the hole with a piece of paper towel, push it in just past flush, add a drop of two of thin CA, and then bondo over that, to have something to shape and paint.
Posted 17 December 2011 - 10:31 PM
Great idea Mark, I will be giving that one a try. Thanks