Float paints and lacquer

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Re: Float paints and lacquer

Post by steve a pac » Sun Aug 30 2020 18:18

Cyprio wrote:
Thought I would have a change of colour this season.
The ones I made in 2017 have done well but have taken a few knocks on the side of the boat whilst un-hooking.
The blue and red are 70mm eggs for holding up the larger
Baits. :suspect:
The smaller ones coated in metallic black with a Tamiya
Fluorescent top which really ‘pops’ in day light. :roll:
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Popper nice them well done :thumbs:

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Re: Float paints and lacquer

Post by steve a pac » Sun Aug 30 2020 18:26

Upgraded my top float for more visibility at long distance
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Re: Float paints and lacquer

Post by Cyprio » Sun Aug 30 2020 18:49

steve a pac wrote:
Upgraded my top float for more visibility at long distance
:thumbs:
Should be able to see those.
They are the same length as my Blue bottom ones.

I thought I would paint the bottoms black on the others as sometimes on those windy days if the float goes on it’s side black does show up well
Especially on those rare days when the suns out. Time will tell but not long now :bounce:
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Re: Float paints and lacquer

Post by steve a pac » Sun Aug 30 2020 19:19

Cyprio wrote:
steve a pac wrote:
Upgraded my top float for more visibility at long distance
:thumbs:
Should be able to see those.
They are the same length as my Blue bottom ones.

I thought I would paint the bottoms black on the others as sometimes on those windy days if the float goes on it’s side black does show up well
Especially on those rare days when the suns out. Time will tell but not long now :bounce:

Ahh i see your way of thinking :thumbs:

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Re: Float paints and lacquer

Post by John Dinnewell » Fri Sep 11 2020 06:38

Duncan Holmes wrote:
I make or modify ALL all my own pike floats as I have never been able to find any in the shops that I like.

Inline balls, 40mm polyballs from Hobbycraft

Unloaded Pencils, balsa

Unloaded Wedge pencils , balsa

Inline's turned from blue foam, or refinished sea floats

Drifters are polyeggs from hobby craft with ET or Fox stems.

I use Jaime's lathe for turning the shapes, but you can do it with a drill and sandpaper.

Whatever the material, a thin coat of epoxy before painting means you can use any paint you like without worrying about reaction, and you have a nice flat surface to paint, which will make the colour brighter. The extra coat of epoxy does tend to toughen them up a bit.

I now use enamel spray paints, as the build of colour is quicker and I don't need to flatten between coats.

Trim tape from model shop gives a nice white line (if that's your thing) and saves farting about with masking tape.

I purchased a fly dryer for £15, which means the epoxy finishes in a smooth even surface.

Single coat of epoxy after painting and they last ages.

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Hello Duncan - your floats look superb - coulds I ask what method you use to bore a hole into polystyrene?
cheers John

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Re: Float paints and lacquer

Post by Cyprio » Sat Sep 12 2020 10:06

John Dinnewell wrote:
Duncan Holmes wrote:
I make or modify ALL all my own pike floats as I have never been able to find any in the shops that I like.

Inline balls, 40mm polyballs from Hobbycraft

Unloaded Pencils, balsa

Unloaded Wedge pencils , balsa

Inline's turned from blue foam, or refinished sea floats

Drifters are polyeggs from hobby craft with ET or Fox stems.

I use Jaime's lathe for turning the shapes, but you can do it with a drill and sandpaper.

Whatever the material, a thin coat of epoxy before painting means you can use any paint you like without worrying about reaction, and you have a nice flat surface to paint, which will make the colour brighter. The extra coat of epoxy does tend to toughen them up a bit.

I now use enamel spray paints, as the build of colour is quicker and I don't need to flatten between coats.

Trim tape from model shop gives a nice white line (if that's your thing) and saves farting about with masking tape.

I purchased a fly dryer for £15, which means the epoxy finishes in a smooth even surface.

Single coat of epoxy after painting and they last ages.

20161202_190601.jpg

Hello Duncan - your floats look superb - coulds I ask what method you use to bore a hole into polystyrene?
cheers John
Don’t know what Duncan used but I heat the end of a 2mm metal rod with a lighter and melt my way through.
I start from one end get so far then start from the other end so that I’m near as centred at both ends regardless of any deviation inside. I then epoxy the tubes in place.
Andy Carpenter

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Re: Float paints and lacquer

Post by John Dinnewell » Mon Sep 14 2020 10:59

Cheers Andy :thumbs:

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