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Anyone ever put cloth on the side of a crank bait?

Quite some time ago, I purchased some cloth that had a very shimmerey flash to it when held up to the light. It was very thin. I made a crank and glued the cloth to the sides of it. Well the cloth had small stiff little threads where I cut it out and I could not get them to lay smooth/flat against the sides of the crank and the protruded through the epoxy top coat. I did manage to catch a few bass on it before it started shedding the top coat. A few days ago while looking for something else, I came across this cloth and decided to take another stab at it. So far it is looking like it might work. I used 3m contact cement this time, hopefully it will do a better job. Just wanted to show how the sides change colors as it rotates on the dryer. Will post a pic in then gallery when they are finished.

John

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My video is to large, it will not let me upload. Sorry I will make a smaller one in the morning and try again.

John

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If it is a regular thread try using a hot knife to cut the shape, you may get it to lay down then.

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It looks like a flat thread, I jut put the second coat of D2T on and I can see a few of the threads sticking through it.

Thanks for that suggestion. I have a hot knife for cutting decals, that should work. Again, thanks.

John

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Do you know what kind of material it is made out of? and would it lose its shine if it was washed in a washing machine?  i was thinking some type of fabric softener to help relax the threads so that they will not be so stiff.

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I would sand it down after the first coat of epoxy and then put another skim coat over it. All the scuff marks and scratches will disappear.

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Fabric softener is a bad idea. It contains wax and will; make the fabric repel paint, epoxy, topcoat, etc. I'm with wit buzzfly. sand it in between coats. Let it fully cure. Use fresh sandpaper. It will turn dull, but that will disappear with the next coat. 

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Sanding after the first coat will work the same way you layup firberglass mat. Just grind the edge smooth and recoat. Also, if you want a very clean line for the edge, epoxy down a piece of material bigger than you need, and let this set and trim it to size with a NEW blade when it's in the gel state. For Devcon it's about 20 minutes.

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Chuck, Richard and Buz, all good ideas any one of them will most likely take care of my problem. Thanks for your input and helpful suggestons. Thats why I like TU!

John

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this stuff looks like very thin/fine flat strips plastic or mylar or a similar material held/bound/woven together with something that looks like a fine spider web. I have no idea what it is.

I Think the next time I use it I will pass a flame over the edges as Richard suggested and I believe they may melt away

I like the effects of it and will continue to tinker with it until I get something that I am very happy with.

I bought the material at Walmart, it is very thin and translucent until I put it over a dark background or shine a light directly on it. 

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