- I build lures up to 9.5" for striped bass.
- I haven't been able to get a level, pit-free,clean finish with Solarez. I've even placed lures in a spinner before exposing it to UV light in an attempt to level it -- it doesn't seem to work.
- I found the longer Solarez is on the lure before curing , the more the solvents in it will attack the paint (I use lacquer-based taxidermy paints). I've had some paint work bubble-up .
- When cured, Solarez stands up incredibly well to hook rash and gouging -- even against heavy 3/0 VMC trebles.
Does anyone happen to know what can be used to thin Solarez? I had some in a dip-tube and I didn't seal the top very well, it semi-gelled.
I would contact the manuf., and ask them.
I have had the same black plastic bottle/jug for a year, and, the last time I dipped in it, I noticed some set up bits that I had to remove. I thought it was from unscrewing the lid, but maybe it's from stuff that is beginning to gel.
I know that having a container that truly keeps out all light is important. Reflected UV light goes everywhere. The drips onto my workbench set up hard after a day or two, and that's inside the garage, out of the direct sun.
I was thinking of making a tall, thin dip bottle for dipping longer lures, but I know the factory container works, so I don't want to risk having the whole batch set up hard. I just dip the head and then the tail instead. I even off any lap marks if needed with an acid brush, and it's fine.
The only time I've had voids has been around glue on 3D eyes, where air came out. After I've cured it out in my UV lite box, I use a toothpick to apply some fresh resin to the voids and put it back into my nail lite box to cure again. The patches blend and hold just fine.