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  1. Slightly old post but the most relevant source to date for Calhouns plastic in any quantities is: https://www.calhounsoftplastic.com/#/
  2. Don’t make the mistake of trying dead on plastic. Sounds like you’ve already committed to that
  3. Yes! You nailed it with the bubbles and the clarity. Every inquiry I’ve made to them has an excuse/response that is good in theory but next to two or three other brands is very inconsistent as well as unique to DOP! My research concluded Calhouns is the best! I didn’t experiment too much with MF because of the price but between BP, DOP and Calhouns, Calhouns hands down is the cleanest, clearest product. After sitting in plastic boxes, for 2+ months, the Calhouns baits are crystal clear, dry with no trace of oil or degradation. Also, their hard formula is probably hardest of the 3. Bait Plastics as a whole is just cheap stuff. All of their stuff. Glitter, pigments etc. the plastic is user friendly and good for hobby manufacture but after 48 hours, the baits cloud up and leech out way too much oil. This comes from hours among thousands of poured and dipped baits using all 3 products so it’s a very qualified analysis. I don’t shoot baits though so I don’t know how it fares in that department.
  4. I can honestly say as the follow up that I’m never going to use Dead On Plastic again. it’s pure garbage!! Ive tested About 4 brands and I’m pretty impressed overall with Calhouns. That stuff is clean, clear and DOES NOT oil up later. I open pour and dip tubes and other than the viscosity of Calhouns at temp being a little heavy, I must say it’s clean quality. Dead on is exactly what it is it’s dead on arrival. They claim it’s humidity but doesn’t seem to be a factor with anyone else’s plastic. Huge regrets for buying that shit!! Dead on Shit in a bucket. Don’t make that mistake
  5. I happen to have saltwater plastic and super soft plastic at all times and I just mix ratios as necessary.
  6. I find bait plastics sets up better and shines without getting filmy and cloudy on reheats. It definitely tends to dull/film out a lot once it cures. You definitely need to be really sure with BP that you mix everything at 350+ to optimize your chances but you may be better off experimenting with some other plastic. Adding heat stabilizer may keep it from degradation from the elements once it’s cured but I don’t know for sure
  7. Propane torch probably too aggressive and you’ll have a good chance to yellow your plastic out
  8. Then maybe suspend the copper pipe in a bigger pipe filled with hot oil? Definitely need to make sure that pipes hot
  9. Get out your wallets everybody!
  10. I recently went through a gallon of DOP saltwater plastic. It definitely does not set up clear when you heat it at all and the bubbles are a bust unless you de-gas hot. I prefer to de-gas volume beforehand vs after I heat each time. I do think the DOP is probably a better choice for open pour guys because it sets up with low viscosity and pours good. The baits I poured set up good and shiny and look and feel great. This was from a gallon. I have buckets coming and hopefully I can drill mix/stir this and de-gas in volume and avoid a hot de-gas, otherwise I think that is a deal breaker. BP, Calhoun and MF all set up hot and clear and don’t bubble up after de-gas but I think the DOP stays pourable longer where one could pour 2 cups (give or take) 20-40 cavities before having to reheat. Pretty hard to do that with BP or Calhouns. I’ll post an update in the weeks to come after more research
  11. If anyone tries this, I’d love to hear the results
  12. I had same results with 60. 40 on the other hand still dents and bubbles. although, if I remelt, de gas and then pour in the softer (pre heated molds) they come out great the first time, then all the pours after are really nice
  13. I also have the same issues as Landry with Specialtyresin silicon molds specifically!! I have to pour remelts through them as using an oven or microwave to pre heat them is not enough. Doesn’t seem to be as pronounced with other silicon like polytek or alumilite. Molds/masters are clean! Once it breaks in for the day, the baits come out smooth as clean glass, but it’s a grumble to get to it. My guess here is there is some sort of chemical/gas release taking place despite de gassing, unless it’s de gassed a second time right before it goes in. Whatever chemical trace or film is left behind, inhibits the release of the gas. Not really 100 on this because it’s my experience and I don’t have the science to explain it. It’s a real drag and I just can’t produce efficiently when this happens. So I like the shore 60 idea which I’m going to try before switching out all of my molds This might be a case of getting what you pay for. A gallon of specialty is way less than a gallon of say polytek.
  14. Thanks! I’ve got most the parts for a stir system
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