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applying etex

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i just bought a kit of etex lite and this is the first time i am using it, let alone any top coat. how do i apply this stuff to a 9 inch balsa wood muskie bait? i see you have to mix it really good and do i pour it on or brush it or what? and how to i keep it so theres an even coat? i know there is a 5 page post on clear coat right now but i dont want to go through all 5 pages of you guys arguing to find something. any info will help. thanks

steve s.

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To apply the e-tex you brush it on with a disposable brush. I use flux brushes for mine. To keep an even coat with out any sags you need a drying wheel. see the how to section for some ideas

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Steve, cheesehead is right: you'll need a drying wheel. Also be sure to mix

in even amounts...for your first attempt at this size bait I would mix

3ml of'll have left over but you don't want to run out.

Don't use wood to stir...use a plastic stick of some sort...the wood

puts too many bubbles in the mix.

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After a minute or two after applying, you may see bubbles in the surface of the epoxy. Carbon dioxide will release these bubbles. I use to breathe on the lures. You can keep brushing the coat too. Now I use a propane torch to release them and also to help speed the set time of the epoxy. The stuff isn't flammable. I also use a rotissiere motor that turns a rack, that holds one lure. You want to turn your lure end over end. Good luck.

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Hey Steve I am a FRV member also . Trying to make gliders myself. There is a guy on here goes by Richoc I believe. He is known as the etex Devil. You can PM him through your message inbox. He knows more about etex then the people who make it as far as I am concerned. He will probably tell you much the same as these guys have, but with a little twist! Maybe I'll see on the water sometime!

Good Luck,

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Forgot to say that a torch isn't the only thing you can use to set it. I used a lighter the other day. I don't remember why. But you can heat this stuff TOO LONG and then the stuff really runs, even if its spinning on a rack. Doesn't need much heat to expel those nasty bubbles.

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I live in Arlington Heights. I have fished Pewaukee and Oconomowoc this year. Will be fishing Okauchee Oct. 22nd a great tourney check this out....

We are happy to announce the second annual Klye "Kly" Stefanski Benefit

Tournament which will be held on October 22nd on Lake Oukachee in


Wisconsin. Last year's efforts raised more than $7000, and this money,

combined with what we raise this year, will all put back into the lake

through fish stocking.

For those of you unfamiliar with last year's tournament, last year, a


friend, and great musky fisherman, Kyle Stefanski,

passed away suddenly in an automobile accident. He was just about to

graduate from the University of Iowa, and was a day away from his 23rd

birthday. He was an avid musky fisherman, great student and an


kind person as well. By the responses on the MuskieFirst Web site last


it was evident that he touched many people.

In honor of his name, last year we had a silent auction in addition to


tournament on Okauchee Lake in Southern Wisconsin. The money from those


events, as well as this year's tournament, are going toward the

stocking of

Okauchee Lake, which was one of Kyle's favorite lakes to pursue his


Last year's event was so successful, we decided to do it again, but


time with a twist: a 2 Bait Challenge.

The way this works, is that every person participating in the


will be given 2 musky baits, and only 2, that they can used for that


All baits are being donated by our very generous sponsors, which to


include Sportsman's Warehouse, Bradrock Lures, Snowcrest Lures, S&M


MRG Custom Lures, and Power Probe Lures. Prizes will be awarded for


1st through 3rd, entry fees are $50/entrant, and all lures used during


tourney will be auctioned or raffled off after the event.

More details are to come, but for early entry, or to help with the


please contact me, Andrew Golden at or via

phone at


We hope to see you all for the tourney (October 22nd), the pre-tourney

gathering the night before, and for the buffet breakfast the morning


Kly Tourney 2005, Two Bait Challenge.....2 baits, what more do you


I will definately be there!

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