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Solarez Uv Top Coat
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 09:21 AM
I got mine Saturday and everything was fine. I haven't used it yet though.
Posted 24 October 2012 - 09:47 AM
Could a black light bulb be used? From what I'm reading online they produce uva?
Posted 24 October 2012 - 10:01 AM
From what I understand the UV's are the key
Posted 24 October 2012 - 10:46 AM
Just called the company and they said they would get another quart right out to me...Great customer service!!!..Nathan
Posted 24 October 2012 - 12:58 PM
Earlier in this thread there was talk about the Solarez having more of a "satin" finish. I know you can take a lure top coated with any of several clears and scuff it with fine sandpaper and as soon as you put it in water you no longer see the scratches left by the sandpaper. Has anyone held a bait top coated with the Solarez underwater to see what it looks like? Just wondering.
Posted 24 October 2012 - 03:01 PM
I think the gloss top coats are for us fisherman.If you look at footage of a bait under water and you can't tell how glossy the top coat is...Nathan
Posted 24 October 2012 - 04:07 PM
There are enough intelligent folks on here. I bet someone figures out the recipe for making it glossier... cough... cough... VODKAMAN... cough cough.
Posted 24 October 2012 - 04:39 PM
Let me give you the results of my first test with the Solarez. I decided to press the boundaries a little. The container says, "brush or spray" so, I decided to dip. The Solarez is a little thick for dipping. However, the majority of it ran off. It does a wonderful job of clearcoating your fingers. It did level out but not as nice as I had hoped. I think that if you keep it inside and let it level more before exposing it to the sun that it may level more. Still it wasn't bad. In the sun it set up in about five minutes. After it cured, I brushed on a second coat. It looked like crap at first but I rotated it by hand for a couple of minutes before taking it out into the sun. It leveled nicely. NOTE: The first coat irregularities were not hidden by the second coat, so you can't hide you imperfections with this stuff. Fumes were noticeable but not overbearing IMO. That said though, you probably wouldn't want to use it in the house. The finish is slightly dull. Something that you'll have to get used to if you like the high gloss finishes like D2T and Etex. I don't think the fish will care one way or the other. It appears to be a fairly hard top coat but I haven't fished it yet. BTW, I cleaned up fingers with denatured alcohol and it worked great.
Posted 24 October 2012 - 04:43 PM
I know some older guys who actually scuff up their new cranks to take the edge off the gloss.
They're all sisters in the dark....I mean they all look the same underwater! Hahaha
Posted 24 October 2012 - 04:50 PM
@ Gene.........Now I'm wondering if it could be thinned with DA?
@Mark...........I've read about some of the pros doing the same thing to get the "shine" off the lure. Guess they never looked at one underwater after it was scuffed.
Posted 24 October 2012 - 07:45 PM
I think someone quoted an e-mail earlier that it could be microwaved to thin it. sounds like a great idea for a fumy substance doesn't it!
Posted 24 October 2012 - 08:09 PM
Microwaving might not be a good idea with " volatile" ingredients.
Posted 24 October 2012 - 08:20 PM
They said microwave for short periods to thin is fine 15-20 seconds
Posted 24 October 2012 - 08:28 PM
Sounds like a few minutes on a turner, then turn your light on, should get you a really level coat.
Edited by littleriver, 24 October 2012 - 08:28 PM.
Posted 24 October 2012 - 08:35 PM
If you don't thin it, it really won't run. I did not put it on a turner, used a brush right out of the jar...smoothed it out. Put it under the light using the slow cure method...1 minute under the light, 1 minute off...total 3 minutes under the light. Came out much more glossy than curing 3 minutes straight. No sags. I like it!
Edited by Cougarftd, 24 October 2012 - 08:36 PM.
Posted 24 October 2012 - 09:21 PM
When I spoke with them on the phone they said to heat it slowly in the microwave.You can actually get it water thin...I wonder if after heating it if setting in a hot water bath to keep it warm would help with dipping....Nathan
Posted 25 October 2012 - 04:39 AM
Once heated it seemed to me it stayed thin for awhile...only did it once but did not seem to gel or anything. I did not dip, I was going to attempt to spray with it . My best results so far are no heat, brush on, 2 light coats...slow cure
Edited by Cougarftd, 25 October 2012 - 04:39 AM.
Posted 25 October 2012 - 06:26 AM
I don't plan on trying the Solarez right now, but I was wondering if heating it once it's on the lure with a hair dryer after brushing it on or dipping it would help to even it out, before you hit it with the UV light?