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Posted 11 July 2012 - 02:08 PM
I just picked up some "ACC" last week with the 40% off coupon, but have yet to try it out. Hopefully my results will hold true to yours!
Posted 11 July 2012 - 02:29 PM
Good luck and let us know how it works out for you!
Posted 11 July 2012 - 02:32 PM
As an aside... I used some ACC and some plastic bugs and made up some fake ice cubes... The Mrs. was NOT amused....
Posted 11 July 2012 - 04:34 PM
clearcoat,,,,,,,,,,i am using shopline jc 60 and automotive clear coat with the fast hardner, of course its a 2 part clear coat, i refinish boats with it and tried it on my lures,,,,,, all i can say is phenomenal and only about 30/gal and 20 for hardner, and you can spot repair it if you get a bad scratch, super hard , and dries very fast with heat gun and no cracking, in under 2 hours ready to use.
Posted 17 July 2012 - 06:20 PM
Started using ACC to finish my spinnerbaits. So far they have been awesome. THANKS FOR THE TIP!!
Posted 17 July 2012 - 07:10 PM
Glad to do it! That's what TU is all about!
Posted 19 July 2012 - 09:48 AM
Ok troops! I am ready to go out on the limb and reccommend ACC as a good alternative to the big 3 of topcoats, thise being D2T, etex and DN S81. I would encourage you to try dipping the ACC (provided you have several lures you wish to topcoat at one sitting as this will be a fairly expensive proposition!!) as i feel i get better coverage than with brushing. Brushing is very much viable but it can be a little tricky. As i have previously said, have the lure(s) ready to go on the turner because ACC is fairly thin and will flow for a while after application...again, as a medium for making your own eyes (or fake ice cubes to freak your wife/kids/friends out with!!!) it is absolutely perfect, just know going in that as a topcoat there is a slight learning curve.
P.S. Forgot to mention... No subequent problems with second coats... Not sure what the problem was the first time that happened, but surface contamination was most likely the culprit...
Edited by bluetickhound, 19 July 2012 - 09:56 AM.
Posted 20 July 2012 - 05:21 PM
I got some to play with on displays. It brushes pretty thick, I did not thin at all, used a chip brush and hung. Wiped twice on the bottom and still thick on the recessed eyes. 12 hours later it's tacky. Clear, no bubbles even fast mixing and having a bazillion bubbles in the mixing cup, they all broke when applied and today the lure looks nice and shiny, surface is still "tacky" though. Kinda like envirotex when it doesn't get mixed right. I'll see how it looks tomorrow. These were two junk lures so I'll give it the hammer test when it's hard
Posted 26 July 2012 - 07:53 PM
Im a sucker for trying new topcoats.
I weighed the bottles before using. The ratio for weight was the same as for D2T. 1.2 to 1 A-B.
I will mix up a small batch only for a couple of baits (like 3.6ga -3gb) , no more, and get back to the thread with the results.
Edited by markinorf, 26 July 2012 - 07:57 PM.
Posted 26 July 2012 - 09:09 PM
I'm hopeful you'll have the same good reaults i have had. It'll be nice to get a second (or third... Or fourth!!) opinion!!
Posted 28 July 2012 - 07:41 PM
I took 3 unpainted Featherlite casted plugs and put Papilo and Jonestones foil on the sides with Loctite 22. I didnt even wait minutes before I mixed up the ACC, 4.8g A to 4g B using a jewelers scale. I noticed rite away that I was dealing with a West System 105-207 knockoff. It is almost identical to this clearcoat. The pot life is the same, the smell and viscousity, all of it. So, I let the batch rest for almost 20 minutes after mixing. This works very well for West, and the same thing happened for ACC. I say that cause I did one bait rite away after mixing, and had to touch it up for fisheyes way more often than the last 2 that were applied after a 20 minute batch rest. By that time the viscousity was like D2T and held its "position" without a lot of self leveling while on the turner. My goal was to encapsluate with one coat.
It seemed like West Systems, and is much more expensive.
Hall Em In lures uses West, and it has above average durability and is flexible. I stopped using West becuase of fisheyes, but it has excellent durability. Hopefully ACC will prove to be just as good.
The fisheyes occured mostly on the unfoiled areas. Im gonna take a couple of old painted baits that need be restored, and try it on solid painted surfaces with solvent based paint.
So far, so good. Pot life is very long, wich is a plus for doing many lures.
Edited by markinorf, 28 July 2012 - 07:47 PM.
Posted 29 July 2012 - 06:45 AM
Left em turning over nite. Very good results. Looks like the full cure will take maybe 2 days. Not tacky after 12hrs. And NO micobubbles (like D2T). It laid perfectly over the foiled areas, wich is all I care about with this technique. So, the fisheyes were probably my fault for not laying a primer coat down before starting, and touching the unfoiled areas.
I meant to say in the last reply that the ACC is LESS expensive than 105-207. Still, the comparison to West systems is really apparent, exept for the crazy mix ratio West uses. Letting the batch cure for 15 minutes made the ACC esier to brush on while holding the plug, then sticking it on the turner.
NO BUBBLES! XCLLNT.
Posted 27 August 2012 - 03:21 PM
hooray! I might have to get some myself. I'm curious, is the conditions you are dipping in humid?
Reason I ask, I have to leave the dehumidifier running for a few hours before I dip with DN (seemed to eliminate bubbles for me). Thanks.
Posted 28 August 2012 - 04:17 PM
Ok I don't have a turner, with Devcon I just hang em and fiip them and typically have no problem. How do you think this will work with this stuff. IM TOTALLY EXCITED ABOUT NO BUBBLES! Please tell me something good
Posted 28 August 2012 - 06:09 PM
I don't have a turner and started using ACC based on this feed. I hang them and turn them every fifteen minutes for an hour and the final finish is great.
Posted 28 August 2012 - 07:14 PM
I have an 3rpm turner that can handle 8 plugs at a time. The turner is a velcro lined octagonal block mounted on a 1in spindle. The hangers are 6in long square dowels with velcro wrapped around them. I say that, cuase my approach is to mix up enough for 4 at a time. After mixing, I wait for for it to settle down and thicken a little- I hold the plugs and slather em up, while rotating them by hand. When Im feeling confident about the level and seeing no thin spots, I smash em down onto the velcro turner.
This ACC is very good quality stuff. Takes a long time to cure compared to D2T, but has the same build thickness to go for one app. A huge plus compared to the thinner etex.
As thick as D2T (if you wait 15min after mixing), and flexible when cured. No bubbles!!! No babysitting.My occasional fisheyes were my fault for not prepping.
I use a jewelers scale and mix it 1.2 to 1, just like D2T. I weighed the bottles...they were NOT the same weight per volume. No lollypops using the scale!
Posted 28 August 2012 - 11:04 PM
ok ........ you got me curious ....... had to buy some ........... will start with using it for Alabama rigs ........ then some lures ....
Posted 29 August 2012 - 12:15 PM
Haha... good call. For some reason, I don't mind screwing up one of my a-rigs in a trial.