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Posted 01 August 2007 - 08:32 AM
I just started making hard baits this past couple of weeks after reading so much about it on here. i started out making a simple Rat-L-Trap for ease, I painted it a few days ago with model enamel paint and let it dry over night the coated it with some epoxy i had from a previous project (not sure what brand, it was bought from Lowe's) Well, I've let it sit for 2 days now and the epoxy still hasn't cured its still somewhat sticky to the touch. Any ideas why this isn't setting and what i can do to fix it? Thanks in advance.
Posted 01 August 2007 - 11:50 AM
One or both of two things happened..You say it is a epoxy,so I assume it is two part.You either didn't get equal amounts of the resin and hardner or if you did you didn't mix them well enough together.
This is a easy fix.Mix another batch correctly and recoat.Rattle traps sink anyway so the additional weight of two coats isn't a issue..Nathan
Posted 01 August 2007 - 04:54 PM
Ok, i'll try that. I didnt know if putting a 2nd coat over the messed up one would hurt anything. Thanks for the advice
Posted 01 August 2007 - 05:19 PM
You say the epoxy is from a past project, HOW past, resins go off after about 12 months, especially after being opened. I would mix another batch and test it on something disposable before spending another couple of days poking and cleaning a sticky mess. Hang in there and it will fall into place. pete
Posted 02 August 2007 - 09:26 AM
I got home last night and carefully mixed another batch, making sure to use equal parts and mixed it really good. That was about 6:30 last night, i went down and checked it this morning around 7am and same thing, still kinda tacky. Im using 60 minute LocTite Epoxy from Lowes. Its not that old, i bought it less than a month ago. Last time i was at Lowes i didnt see any Devcon epoxy, i think i read on here that you can get Devcon at walmart, so im gonna stop by there tonight and pick some up.
Posted 02 August 2007 - 09:33 AM
This time try thinning it.it might help the sticky stuff
Posted 02 August 2007 - 07:21 PM
Sounds like a bad batch, but I presume it worked on the previous project. I have used it upto three months after opening the tubes without any problem, but I considered that as a bonus as I know it does go off by itself in time.
Posted 02 August 2007 - 11:16 PM
Throw it all away and start over again. Oh, make sure the lure swims well before clear-coating it and don't put any more clear on than you have to. I built some in the past and they would run great until a thick coat of clear was on them.
Posted 03 August 2007 - 08:07 AM
I think it was a bad batch of epoxy, i went and got some Devcon and put over it, and it hardened like it should. Thanks for all the advice!
Posted 04 August 2007 - 06:52 AM
That thing must weigh half a pound by now. Glad you got it sorted.
Posted 06 August 2007 - 03:34 PM
Dont know if anyone has ever tried this or not.. but if you get one that is tacky.. take a hair dryer to it.. sometimes that works!! It will loosen it up and in a hour or so it might dry hard and no sticky.. If that doesnt work.. TRASH IT!! But a good rule of thumb on the epoxy mix is... MIX IT TILL IT LOOKS MILKY!! If it looks milky you did a good job!! if it looks clear..keep mixing!
But what do I know.. Im