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capt mike

Preparing A Bait For Molding

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I give my mold masters an epoxy top coat, just as it you were going to fish it. This gets rid of any imperfections and gives a very smooth, slick finish in the mold. A light coat of Pam oil for release or what ever release agent you prefer.

Dave

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Dave, that's exactly what I did on my very first mold last week. I molded and casted a completed and clear-coated bait (Bob Smith epoxy). The clear coat is pretty heavy and lost about half of the detail. I was thinking about coating the next master lure with CA glue and fine sanding. Don't you think that will fill and smooth the imperfections, yet leave most of the cuts and engraving to be picked up in the mold?

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If you're using Alumilite, you can seal the master with a rattle can clear, so the wood fibers are locked, and then make the mold. The silicone won't stick to the clear acrylic sealer, and you won't lose any details.

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