Foamies body material
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Posted 03 March 2006 - 12:57 PM
After seeing how the molds are made and finding all the materials I was wondering what you guys are using to make the bait bodies. I have some two part plastic that I have used in the past from synair but don't know how that will work in the molds. any help would be greatly appreciated.
Posted 03 March 2006 - 08:09 PM
Hey Husky, What problems do you encounter with the foam after the time period. I have been using my 16 pound foam for over a year since I opened it (ok hate to admit that). At first I thought it took a little longer before it began to expand but as soon as they foam warmed, it had been outside in my unheated shop, all seemed normal. I poured these last month and they turned out just fine. The sad part is the cranks are still in the same state.
Posted 03 March 2006 - 09:03 PM
The dark part started to crystalize and the castings came out much less dense and lacked the hardness they had, previously. It was as if the 16 lb turned to 4 lb weight. It was much lighter in color, too. The foam expanded much more and faster.
Which brand did you use? I used US Composites. The stuff worked fine up to about 3 weeks.
BTW, I touched up your pics. It deserved to be seen. Nice job:wink:
Posted 03 March 2006 - 09:27 PM
Hi muskiemark,I use the smooth-on foam-it 15,It works nice but the room tem is very important!!!You can see how to make a very good mold in the tutorial from artbrush!!I used is advice and my first mold is perfict!! when i buy a kit I make all the lures in the same day!!like that i'm sure that the stuff is fresh and efficient I make some 10 inches musky lures so I can make about 8 whit a small foam-it 15 kit.
Hope that will help you out!If you whant to know where to buy the stuff go see on the website smooth-on.com for the dealer near you!
Posted 03 March 2006 - 09:36 PM
I am using the US Composites stuff also. I didn't notice any crystallization in my product, but I didn't look very closely. I do know that around the cap it had defineltly crystallized, I thought I was going to have to cut the top off but that was material left around the cap. Do you use both caps once you opened it. I always pushed the metal plug back into the opening and then the final cap. I think I will just use it all up as soon as possible and buy some fresh stuff. I like the concept of using it all up in three weeks, now I just will have to sell my wife on the concept.
Posted 11 March 2006 - 08:16 PM
question guys. whats the best primer for your foamies. anybody use a lacquer base. im considering of getting an aluminum mold built for bodies.. i plan on 16lb
Posted 12 March 2006 - 07:29 PM
After they're thoroughly washed, Tally's Platicoat is the Bomb.
Posted 12 March 2006 - 09:47 PM
You should try the prop plastic that Swede has. it's the same stuff that a major lure manufacturer uses and is much tougher than the plastic cups.
Swede has a link in the swap forum for some of his plastic if your interested in trying it.
Posted 13 March 2006 - 07:24 AM
i am curious. i never knew the foam had to be re-coated before paint. the luhr jenxen fingerlings are not done that way i think. i could be wrong as this will be a new adventure, i hope
Posted 13 March 2006 - 08:28 AM
I do it to get a super Smooth surface to Finish on. Foam can be finished w/o recoating if all the release agents and other materials are removed.