Solarez Uv Top Coat
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Posted 04 November 2012 - 12:13 PM
I just wonder how they will hold up to 7" and bigger sizes like musky baits. They seem like they will be a little thin coated for those toothy creatures. I could see how it will be great for bass lures.
Posted 04 November 2012 - 01:00 PM
They never replied to my Email but then I got tracking info so I bet that is the replacement order.
I ordered right off of the link on the 1st page but there is no way that this is a low odor formula.
I always put my lures on a lure turner and apply the finish as they turn. With this finish I'll put my UV light on 1 side at a time so they will slow cure and maybe get a more clear finish, I hope. Once they are somewhat set I'm move the turner into the sunlight and let them spin for 10-15 minutes which should finish them off.
All of my swimbaits are in the 9" to 14" range. Big Stripers aren't very toothy but they definately abuse their prey. I would think that several thin coats would be stronger and more durable in any case.
Edited by quickdraw, 04 November 2012 - 01:02 PM.
Posted 04 November 2012 - 02:33 PM
Has anyone been brave enough to try "nuking" this stuff in the microwave yet? (Or any other means to thin?) My girlfriend has been around, so I haven't been able to try
Posted 04 November 2012 - 03:21 PM
I have, put it in small cup I was using for my epoxy. It gets real thin
Posted 04 November 2012 - 04:12 PM
I got some of the Solarez epoxy along with the UV-A lightbulb they sell and tried it indoors on one lure. After two hours the coating was still tacky just using the UV-A light. I finally got it to harden by using a high intensity light source I had for a microscope. The sunlight option wasn't available - we won't see the sun again until June here in the NW.
Posted 04 November 2012 - 09:19 PM
Although sunlight will make curing faster you don't need it. There is still UV light even when it is cloudy, it just takes a little longer.
Posted 04 November 2012 - 09:26 PM
Gringo, contact Solarez and let them know about your bulb and they will replace it. They had no problem replacing one of mine. I mentioned before that their bulbs are not worth buying, at least not for cranks. They get to hot and wear out quickly. For those of you new to using UV bulbs, the hotter the bulb gets the more it wears out. When a UV bulb wears out it will still be as bright as the day you bought it but it is not putting out as much UV anymore. As time goes on you will notice it takes longer to cure your baits that means it is time to replace your bulbs.
Posted 04 November 2012 - 11:13 PM
That's why I went with the flashlight I found on Amazon. It has 51 LED bulbs in it and cures the Solarez quickly. I hope the UV LED's last as long as normal LED's do. In any case for $13.55 I figured it was cost efficient enough to give this stuff a try. Most of the time like today when I was doing some repair work I'll just take the swimbait out into the sun to cure and with the sun here in the desert SW it is very fast. On the 2 - 3 days a year that we don't have sun I'll just plan to be fishing.
Edited by quickdraw, 04 November 2012 - 11:15 PM.
Posted 05 November 2012 - 07:07 PM
Do you put the lure inside the nail dryer? How much room do you have? Don't know if a musky lure would fit in there or not?
Posted 05 November 2012 - 07:37 PM
There is approx 2.5 inches high and 8 inches deep clearance
Posted 06 November 2012 - 06:00 PM
I'm considering getting another one (the Salon Edge works great) and removing the reflective panels on the bottom and have a full 360 of light. I think this would help with larger lures too, but I'm thinking about incorporating these with my lure turner as well.
Posted 06 November 2012 - 06:34 PM
Sets up quick...probably one turn on mine and it would set up
Posted 06 November 2012 - 08:52 PM
I'm thinking more along the lines of having the lures turn for a few minutes then hit them with the lights (that are set up around the turner). Your very right though, Solarez sets up quick with the Nails lights. On the other hand, your lures look great without the turning.
Posted 06 November 2012 - 10:30 PM
When I was using devcon I the wheel to keep from sagging ....this stuff does does not sag or drip
Posted 07 November 2012 - 03:50 AM
That's the flashlight I bought. I posted it 1 page back.
Edited by quickdraw, 07 November 2012 - 03:51 AM.