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Big fat Finger Prints
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Posted 14 October 2005 - 11:51 AM
YUK, I just made 4 Balsa lures that look great, but somewhere along the line I got my big fat finger prints "on the lips" and it won't come off.
I tried the rubber glove thing, epoxied the fingers together .
Now I got 4 beautiful lures with ugly lips...how do you guys prevent this?
Posted 14 October 2005 - 12:42 PM
Terry, what I do is keep a roll of paper towels and a trash can within reach whenever i'm glueing lips--I use E-tex for clearcoat, so I set my lips first with 2-ton and keep wiping the excess while setting. Because I'm not clearcoating immediately after setting the lip, I can keep a good grip on the lure while cleaning the edge where lure and lip meet--and I keep cleaning and positioning until I'm satisfied. I also naturally, have alcohol and a heavy rag on hand to wipe my fingers, but I'm careful not to get alcohol on the paint--I also shoot a little clear around the nose area and the lip slot, and dry it as a little extra insurance to protect the paint before I set the lip. Just take your time, you shouldn't have a problem. If you end up mixing epoxy for one lip at a time, that is still much better than screwing up several lures when you're practically finished with them. I wear a glove for painting, but I can't use them for glueing either.
Posted 14 October 2005 - 05:17 PM
How do you hold your baits when coating them ? if you hold them by the lips you'll almost always get topcoat on them. use some sort of tool to hold them by a hook hanger and brush away from the lip.
Posted 14 October 2005 - 07:18 PM
On these baits, you can clearcoat the lips and they won't look to bad.
Scuff them up to remove the shine snd lightly clearcoat.
In the future hold the bait by the tail , straight up, any extra clearcoat will run down the bait away from the lip. Apply clearcoat around the belly hook hanger.
Hold it with hemostat and finish clearcoating.
Posted 16 October 2005 - 05:30 PM
All great responses...thanks a ton guys, very much appreciated.
Posted 16 October 2005 - 11:47 PM
If you're talking polycarbonate (Lexan), you can clean epoxy off with naphta if you get it before it cures. Other solvents like acetone or lacquer thinner will cloud it but naphta doesn't. Naphta is the main ingredient of lighter fluid but I've only used the stuff sold at home centers.
Posted 17 October 2005 - 12:42 AM
Thanks Bob, I've seen the naphta but had no clue what it was.