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  1. I’ve clearcoated hundreds of baits with D2T epoxy, moisture cured urethane (MCU), and Chinese uv cured resin. I really like MCU for it’s ease of application, gloss, and toughness in a thin coating. I like uv resin for its quick cure. I like D2T because it’s tough in a thick coating that resists hook rash. But there are quirks to each choice and each can have problems. MCU often has storage problems. UV resin (the Chinese brand I tried) became sticky months after curing. D2T will eventually yellow (but if measured and mixed really well it will be some years). Choice may vary according to what you build, how often you build, and the purpose you build for. I’m an occasional hobby builder. I like the advantages of MCU and UV resin but my default has long been D2T. It’s still chugging along when my UV resin has failed and my MCU has turned to jelly in its storage can.
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  2. Ok for your present lure issue does your lure float level side to side? If so it likely is not a balance issue Is the lip perfectly straight? If the lip slot is crooked it will swim to one side if you line tie is crooked/off center it will also swim to one side as for commercial lure weight vs had made lure. Material used is often the case and depending on the design differences less weight maybe needed too. Lure size is just one factor hope this helps
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  3. 1. Depends on your cost, overhead, packaging, etc. Work out a good business plan & talk to suppliers about bulk pricing. Go as far as writing up and negotiating contracts. 2. Don't use names other companies use. If using off the shelf molds from the usual mold markers that everyone else is using, some of the newer ones are running in the grey area with their designs. Stay away from any of the mold makers in the Ukraine. Most if not all the ones they're machining infringe on U.S. patents. If you start designing your own baits & get molds machined, always consult with a patent attorney. This will save you money in the long run. 3. Talk to an accountant that specializes in manufacturing businesses & go to your local tax office. In the long run, it's always best to have an accountant to take care of everything. Yes, it's going to cost more but well worth it.
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  4. Yep, learned that a long time ago when I started to paint jigs and I painted and baked 100 jigs. After I took them out they looked so beautiful, then I realized I didn't clear the eyelets. So I thought no big deal, I'll just poke them through with a jig eye buster. Wrong, that didn't work because the paint was so hard. Had to work at it for a long time and that job was a money loser for me. Way too many hours to clean out the eyes. Never forgot again.
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