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Since I'm working from home "until further notice", I have some extra time to play around. No more hour drive to work and back. 

Doing an experiment this week to see if my epoxy topcoat will react with traditional soft plastics or elaztech baits. Going to leave them in contact for a week or so and see what happens.

Has anyone tried this with other topcoats? Looking for good and bad reactions.

Stay safe everyone!

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I've found that acrylic top coats, like AC1315 concrete sealer and rattle can Rustoleum X2 Gloss Clear, are melted by the softener in plastisol.  I keep my baits topcoated with them on one side of the boat, and my soft plastic baits on the other side.

My baits coated with either epoxy or UV clear are not affected by plastisol.

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I don’t store soft plastics and crankbaits together because it’s just not orderly, but  epoxy is very chemically inert once it has cured and I’ve never seen or heard of reactions with it.  

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That's good to hear. I've been leaning toward epoxy as a topcoat anyway. It seems to be more durable than anything I've tried that was dipped.

I generally don't store them together either, but sometimes rods get shoved into the rod locker in a hurry, and plastics come in contact with other baits. 

Better safe than sorry.

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Recalling other TU posts about this, the only soft plastic - topcoat reaction I’ve read about is using concrete sealer as a topcoat.

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I made the mistake of using concrete sealer and found out that the hook protectors were sticking to the lures along with other lures so dump that idea. KBS and Epoxy for me no more changes.

Wayne

 

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4 hours ago, BobP said:

Recalling other TU posts about this, the only soft plastic - topcoat reaction I’ve read about is using concrete sealer as a topcoat.

It's the same thing with Rustoleum X2 Gloss Clear.

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