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Hey guys just wondering if etex will hold up on cranbait bills and other lipped baits. Have a hand full that I cleared the entire bait but haven't used em and was just wondering if I should continue with this any further. Thanks guys..........Joe

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I say fish them until it peels off, then fish them some more!  I always try to keep the clear off the lip to prevent peeling, but if the lure works for you, keep doing what works!

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I think it will hold up but would worry about yellowing.  I don't like to get Devcon Two Ton epoxy all over a lip because it will eventually yellow and will show an uneven appearance if it doesn't level out perfectly.  It also softens the sharp edges of the lip, which is not ideal for performance.  Maybe Etex is better in these areas, but I'm doubtful.  I do coat scratched plastic bait lips with moisture cured urethane.  It's very thin, levels out to completely disappear, and erases any factory scratches or sanding marks.  Lexan doesn't adhere very well to any epoxy or urethane, so I never put any topcoat on polycarbonate lips.

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Thanks guys. Guess I'll just use the ones I got for display models. Don't want to put anything out there that ain't gonna hold up. Never jad a paint failure and don't want to start now. Thanks again........Joe

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I have a 1.5 that i put etex on the bait and bill. Been using it on every outing and so far it hasnt peeled. It does have a little rash on the tip of the bill from hitting rocks and other stuff but hasnt given way and just started peeling off. I would fish them Joe.

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