Gar-Tracker

Scales (yet Another Newbiie Question)

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I ordered some scale cloth with the assumption its to be used as a stencil, upon receiving it Im thinking it can be applied directly to the bait, how wrong or right am I and if applied would it be painted or dyed to achieve the color?

Signed: Clueless in Florida.

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The material is generally used as a stencil. But it can also be glued to the body and foiled over with thin aluminium foil, burnished with a blunt object, to bring out the scale pattern. This also creates a 3D effect on the bait. There are a few builders that use this method.

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Dave

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Maybe next time I should search the topic before I ask the question.

OK lets change it to can the scale cloth be washed after using it as a stencil or used again, or is that not worth the mess.

Thanks Dave

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Yes, you can wash it. Add a little fabric softener. I go to a fabric store to get mesh and it's so cheap, I just use it and toss it.

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I also buy scale fabric (I think it's called tulle), the stuff that's used for wedding veils, from a fabric store.

I don't wash it. I find it actually gets softer and easier to use when it has been used once and has a coat of heat-set airbrush paint on it.

I use it until the openings start to get too small from paint buildup, and then I change to a new piece.

I haven't tried fabric softener yet, but I will, now that it's been suggested.

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I've found that some netting is softer and conforms to the lure better than others. One thing I've tried that seemed to help a little with the stiffer netting was to soak it in boiling water for a few seconds at a time.

Ben

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I used to use tulle but not I have switched over to using a loofah. The material is a lot softer and won't scratch the paint on the bait but it can be harder to get your clips to hold onto it.

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I use only body wash sponge from the shower.. After I rub them all over me for 3 or 4 weeks they soften up to peak performance. I ran a test for 6 months... Just to see which method worked better.. Brand New Body Wash Sponge or USED ONE!!!

Both will work..I just feel that the overall performance of the USED BODY WASH SPONGE WORKS best.. IF you USE OLD SPICE BODY WASH. I haven't tested DOVE or my old standby... KY JELLY MIXTURE as of yet... But I will sure keep you posted if anything new ARISES...

FAT POTATO OUT!

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