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Posted 17 April 2012 - 11:03 AM
What product do yall use to fill ballast holes on pvc baits. I have heard people use bondo but not sure which of their products to purchase. Thanks for any information given.
Posted 17 April 2012 - 01:24 PM
I take 2K Car Filler
I think you can take the Filler from Bondo.
Posted 17 April 2012 - 01:27 PM
I like to install my ballast so it sets just below the surface of the lure. I use super glue and like to put enough in the bottom of the hole that when the ballast is installed it pushes a small amount out the top. This makes sure the glue reaches all sides of the ballast. I then add just enough super glue to leave it a little above the surface of the bait. After it dries I just sand it down flush with the surface.
Posted 17 April 2012 - 09:51 PM
I'm going to try the epoxy stick. I've been using the Devcon to anchor all ballast. Messy, and a pain. You have to wait till the Devcon cures before you can deal with the bait.
Posted 18 April 2012 - 09:01 AM
That's why I started using super glue with an accelerator Bassguy. You can install the components with super glue, give it a quick spray with the accelerator and move right on to the next step. I've tried pulling hook hangers out with a pair of pliers after installing them with super glue and all it did was deform the stainless wire.
Posted 18 April 2012 - 09:23 AM
That's what I do, too, except I only brush the glue over my ballast after I've pushed it into the hole. I use 1/4" lead wire in 1/4" diameter holes, so the ballast fits tight. I've never had the ballast move.
I usually use bondo on top, and sand it smooth before I start to paint.
Posted 18 April 2012 - 09:30 AM
Ben, where do you buy the accelerator. I want some for when I glue in my hangers and lips. I always get to anxious to test the lure in the tub, and the water turns the glue white!
Posted 18 April 2012 - 09:44 AM
Most hobby and craft stores, and even art supply stores that sell crazy glue sell the accelerator.
Here in SoCal, I get mine from Graphaids, an art supply store where one of my kids gets her supplies.
Posted 18 April 2012 - 10:10 AM
bondo and quick wood work great. Both set up relatively fast but once cured can be hard to sand flush, especially the quick wood. If I'm in a hurry, which is usually the case, I do like Mark and Ben, but a little different. I will saturate the area with super glue, then grab a good pinch of PVC dust generated from the router, and push/ rub it into the hole. It will wick into the dust and usually sets up instantly without accelerator. Then, if necessary, I will put a little more glue on top of the plug and quickly sand it flush.
Posted 18 April 2012 - 05:16 PM
Something you might want to consider is to clean out the sprayer after every use of the accelerator. Not sure if all of it is the same, but when I first started using super glue and the accelerator I just left the sprayer attached to the bottle of accelerator. Everything was fine for a good while and then one day the sprayer would no longer spray with a fine mist. It would only spray big drops and not very accurately either. You could never tell which way it was going to spray. I contacted the folks where I got it and they told me you weren't supposed to leave the sprayer full of accelerator and that if you did it would eventually screw up the sprayer. I've since started taking the sprayer off the bottle and sticking the suction tube into some denatured alcohol and giving it a few sprays to clean out any accelerator left in the sprayer. No problems since I started doing this.
Another thing I do if I'm only gluing in a couple hook hangers is to forgo the sprayer. Instead of using the sprayer I dip a small diameter rod (about 1/32" ) into the accelerator bottle. Just enough will cling to the rid that about one small drop will drip off the rod directly onto the hanger or ballast. I seem to use less of the accelerator this way as well.
Posted 18 April 2012 - 08:30 PM
Ben, thank you for the tips! I did notice it does not work on gorilla glue! I'm glad I picked up some CA glue when I bought it!
Posted 18 April 2012 - 08:40 PM
Thanks Ben, I'll have to give it a try....