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  1. You can add hardener to hot plastisol if you thin it with frresh plastisol and mix well before adding.I would also add a squirt of temp stabilizer when you do.
  2. I, as I am sure many others, got may start hand injecting with Bear´s products. Always fair and honest. I was helped personally my his generosity.
  3. I bet print-a-lure (facebook) could do that for you for a fraction. He does custom soft-plastic moldes for a coupld hundred $
  4. Anyone try using a 3d printing service rather than investing in the printer? if you are ony going to use them for masters, it seem that might make more sense.
  5. https://www.wgrz.com/article/money/business/texas-deep-freeze-causing-issues-for-western-new-york-manufacturing/71-847a2484-2440-4c98-873b-981dc7cd8b40
  6. Hate to contradict, but Worm Oil is not DOP. DOP is used to make Plastisol (along with a couple of other secondary plasticizors) but also in plastisol is a specific type of mineral oil that is compatible with the PVC resin.
  7. The Zoom shortage (and other large US operations) is due to COVID factory shut-downs and reductions. This raw material shortage is much more recent, related to refineries in Texas being shut down due the winter storm. Actually, prices for raw materials came down for a few months prior to this. My larger customers have all been complaining about back-orders with all fishing products except those coming directly from China. In Mexico, retailers have been venturing into private-labeling Chinese Products rather than importing from the USA in the last few months.
  8. Apparently it has to do with the Winter Storm in Texas. Production came off line for a couple weeks. I am told they should be back up and running in a couple of weeks.
  9. I make my own plastisol. I am starting to see shortages in a couple of the main ingredients. One in particular is completely out of stock with all of my suppliers. Anybody else having tis problem?
  10. I did a search here on TU and got some results but they were pretty old. Any lead on a good source for Clamshell Packeging by the 1000s? Preferably within the US.
  11. Generally, Hardener is just plastisol minus (or greatly reduced) plastisizers and a little more stabilizer. It is white because the PVC resin has still not been melted. It should turn transluscent (just like plastisol) once heated. You can add it before hating or afete it is hot. I find it easier to mix when added to hot plastisol. It is also possible to add powdered PCV directly to plastisol to make it harder if you can get your hands on it. You have to be careful not throw off the balance. My 2C.
  12. I think the Topic says what I am looking for.
  13. Looking for good heavy wire aberdeen 90 deg black nickel hook that won´t break the bank. Recomendations?
  14. I have been making soft plastic baits for 20 years. Never used a de-gasser. If you are heating in a micro-wave and are anal about micro bubbles, it probably makes sense. I find that heating 1-2 liters in presto pot and making mostly dark baits there is no need. It appears that heating from the bottom up and drawing plastic from the bottom makes bubbles irrelevant. my $0.02
  15. Has anyone tried automotive paints cut with DOP (softener)?
  16. Justa sayin. Heating in a pan is the answer.
  17. One way to speed it up is to put about 50-60 at a time in a frying pan on an electric burner. Take them out one ata time with pliers, runthrough the paint and hang. It takes about 5 sec per piece once they are heated up.
  18. Hi there, Any idea where I can buy bulk Nylon Hair, wholesale?
  19. A couple years ago someone sent me a catalog (printed on plain paper) of bulk wire forms, sold by the 1000s. They had spinnerbait forms, split rings, C forms, etc. I really coun´t meet their minimum order at the time, but now I am interested. For the life of me I can´t remember the name of the company. It was based in the USA. The name was something like Tiger Wire or Fire Wire. It was NOT Hagens, Spro, or any of the large manufacturers. Any one know who I could be talking about?
  20. Hi there, How much is you initial investment? Stephen
  21. Where do they have the best deal on Chatterbait blades by the 100s?
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