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"Squeegee method" for blank painting?
Posted by: Scott Olson (---.sub-174-213-161.myvzw.com)
Date: November 23, 2021 10:48AM

I have been thinking about and have done a little experimenting with using the squeegee method for painting blanks. Primarily ice rod blanks. I like a high vis tip however the OCD part of me doesn't like when the factory high vis doesn't align with a guide wrap. I am wondering if anyone has experience with the method? More importantly has advice on what to use for a film. I have tried a couple of types of rubber, and various glove materials. I and not finding the results I am looking for.
Thanks
Scott

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Re: "Squeegee method" for blank painting?
Posted by: Tom Kirkman (Moderator)
Date: November 23, 2021 12:58PM

Some time back we featured an article in the magazine showing a tool that surrounds an open cell foam pad which is saturated with a clear urethane. You just push the blank through it and you're done. You can make something similar and attempt to use a rubber or latex "drum" with a small hole in the center. I found the best material for that is the rubber from one of the large bounce balloons. They are usually constructed in some of accordion fashion, although I rarely see them anymore. No idea why that particular rubber material works so well, but it does and it never opens up or tears.

Or... you can just swipe on a urethane finish with a small cloth, cheesecloth or coffee filter. This is likely the quickest and easiest method to use.

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Re: "Squeegee method" for blank painting?
Posted by: Robert A. Guist (---.res6.spectrum.com)
Date: November 23, 2021 06:48PM

Hello All.
The article Tom is talking about can be found here:

V/I - Name- Author- page.
15/3 Urethane to Paint, Blank Coating Tool.(Clear Coating & Painting The Easy Way!). By Tom Kirkman. 22



Tight Wraps & Tighter Lines.

Bob,

New Bern, NC.

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Re: "Squeegee method" for blank painting?
Posted by: Scott Olson (---.sub-174-213-161.myvzw.com)
Date: November 23, 2021 11:10PM

Thanks Tom. I think I found the type of balloon you are talking about on Amazon. I'm not sure how to post a link here but they call it a punching balloon.

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Re: "Squeegee method" for blank painting?
Posted by: Tom Kirkman (Moderator)
Date: November 23, 2021 11:47PM

That's it.

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Re: "Squeegee method" for blank painting?
Posted by: Robert Flowers (---.res6.spectrum.com)
Date: November 27, 2021 04:44PM

For colored ends on your ice rod, you can also use wrapping epoxy with marbling pigment- [mudhole.com]. There are tutorials on how to use them available at Mudhole.com. Iwould simply mix my epocy with the desired color pigment, and brush in as i would when covering a thread wrap.

Just another option.

Tight Lies and frisky fish

RJF

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Re: "Squeegee method" for blank painting?
Posted by: Scott Olson (---.sub-174-213-161.myvzw.com)
Date: November 29, 2021 06:28PM

Thank you all for your help!

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