Solarez Uv Top Coat
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Posted 02 November 2012 - 08:11 AM
Nice looking lures!
Have you fished them yet?
If so, how does the finish hold up so far?
How does it hold up on wooden lures?
What UV wave length does the light need to be?
So many questions, so little time! Hahaha
Posted 02 November 2012 - 08:20 AM
I have fished them a bit off the bank. Running along riprap banks and such. They held up well...same as other finishes. Does not affect lure performance at all.
I have not used on a wooden lure, I will be this weekend, I am painting some old lures fopr a buddy
Don't know the UV wave length...it is a uv light for curing nails for a nail salon...has 4 uv lights in it as well as reflective material. I can check the machine when I get home tonight and see if it has uv info on the machine.
I hope to get these out before winter sets in here to see if they will hold up in heavy fishing (and hopefully catching), i LIKE WHAT i SEE SO FAR.
Posted 02 November 2012 - 10:04 AM
It was mentioned earlier in the thread that UVA was the wave length needed to cure it.
Posted 02 November 2012 - 10:42 AM
A little off topic, but I found this on the website regarding thinning.
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You may thin Solarez very simply by heating it in a paper cup for a few seconds in a microwave oven. (microwave ovens vary widely in strength so check your resin every 5 seconds to see that it doesn't’t get too hot --hotter than drinkable coffee 130°F). This Solarez cannot have any MEKP catalyst in it!!! At this temperature, Solarez will be as thin as water and can instantly wet out fiberglass cloth. As soon as you pour out your resin onto a cool substrate, it will return to normal viscosity. If on the other hand, you want to add a thinning agent, you can add a little styrene monomer. It is not advised to add any more than 3% because adding styrene will soften the surface and cause premature yellowing. The adding of acetone or alcohol should be entirely avoided because these are not reactive diluents i.e. they do not become incorporated into the resin like styrene, they just boil out and cause pinholes."
Posted 02 November 2012 - 09:09 PM
I got my Solarez yesterday and it arrived leaking inside and outside the bag the bag as others have posted. I sent an Email yesterday but no reply. I also ordered a UV flashlight http://www.amazon.co...ywords=uv light and decided to try it a bit on a small tough-up job in a hinge area of a 2 piece swimbait. This is so much easier to use in these tight areas that normally get gummed up with the other topcoats because I could use a brush to cover the area and slowly move the joint while the UV light setup the Solarez. In the past I needed to use a pick to try to scrape off the cured topcoat and would many times poke through it into the wood or chip off a piece and cause a leak. I also use small pins to hold on the rubber tails and then need to seal over the pin head, once again this works great in this application. I also bought a weinnie so no more wood putty for me on wood touch up. I can use this on my wood and poured resin swimbaits.
This should work great as a topcoat and I will need to finish a complete swimbait to see. It's definately easier and faster to use but it has a strong and potent smell, my previous topcoat was almost odorless. I can deal with that though.
Posted 02 November 2012 - 09:17 PM
Give them a call..They sent me another quart right out ...Nathan
Posted 02 November 2012 - 09:50 PM
I found as soon it cures the odor goes away. I really like this stuff. Here is my latest:
Posted 03 November 2012 - 01:59 PM
I received a small tube of Solarez "thin hard coat" and slapped it on a couple of baits. If this is durable this could be the best yet (a bit pricey though at about $20 for 2 oz. No waste and cures in 2 minutes. Here is what it looks like
Posted 03 November 2012 - 03:59 PM
That does look a lot better than the other pics you posted, but way too expensive. It would be well over $300 a quart.
Posted 03 November 2012 - 08:59 PM
Good looking lures. And yeah, they do look better, but way out of my price range. I wonder if microwaving the gloss for a few seconds will produce similar results... or perhaps hitting it with a heat gun (on low). I wonder why the "thin" is so much more expensive?
Posted 03 November 2012 - 10:40 PM
How many coats of the regular solarez are you putting on each lure? What kind of thickness do you get out of one coat? Maybe a 1/16" or 1/32"? I just got a 4 oz bottle today. I ordered the low odor formula and thought I would give that a try. I build pike and musky lures so I am curious how it will hold up to their teeth!! Live in MN so weather is getting colder, hunting is going on and hard water will be here soon. Do know if I will have time this year to try it out on the water. Might have to make an ice fishing jig for pike and put some solarez on it.
Posted 04 November 2012 - 07:03 AM
I put 2 coats on, I would guess maybe 1/32 in ( it does not add much) in thickness. From the time you paint your bait to Solarez curing is about 10 minutes. (For 2coats) I'd say you can get out and give it a try
Posted 04 November 2012 - 08:05 AM
Do you put one coat on top of the other? Or do you prep the first coat before you put the second coat on?
Posted 04 November 2012 - 08:20 AM
I guess it could...I have not needed to yet. I pour in about 70 degree temps. It seems to level on its own
Posted 04 November 2012 - 09:54 AM
Do you think the second coat bonds good to the first coat. Or being the first coat cures so quickly there is a separation of the two coats?
Posted 04 November 2012 - 10:31 AM
I sanded them lightly between coats...just to scuff them up a bit...here is one with 2 coats
Posted 04 November 2012 - 10:45 AM
Good looking clear, and awesome paint job!
Are you letting the lures drip for a few minutes, or rotating them before uv? I've been getting a couple sagging spots, but it seems they are forming during the 2min uv exposure. As for my current methodology, I am testing these on my resin cast lures as a prep step before painting and am wiping them down with acetone before brushing the solarez on.
Posted 04 November 2012 - 11:03 AM
Stuff is so thin I put very thin coats on. First one I (i cleared with it)put on heavy and it sagged. I put thin coats smooth with brush immediately before it goes under the light. Have not had sags. Hope this helps
Posted 04 November 2012 - 11:11 AM
I cure mine while on a lure turner which allows them to level 100% all the time and it also allows the baits to be cured an even 360 degrees. You do not have to sand between coats.