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04-27-2011 04:42 PM
Re: what plastic

dont remember the company name but it would be a huge hassle to make any bait earth friendly as most plastisol and the oilbase used for colorings defeat each other
04-27-2011 03:44 PM
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I like the plastic for what it is and does. It is durable and earth/people friendly. Like I said, I have not found a "green" colorant nor do I think it is a big issue. Perhaps you can share a link to the "green" colorant for us to look into. I/we can only do so much. I prefer not to handle the regular baits as a precaution.
04-27-2011 11:35 AM
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I have the Lee pot, but I never use it. The reason is because I don't know how to clean it properly. I prefer Calhoun plastic too. I have both the soft and the medium which I use at a 2:1 ratio respectively. I use soft for worms, med. for craws.
04-27-2011 10:58 AM
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your base for any colorant is worm oil which is chockfull of bad stuff if you are wanting to stay "green". bear did have a company he had talked to that had a "green" colorants but i believe it was a feasibilty issue to have this and that and 1000 other colors also. but in all i was wondering if it was just that you liked the plastic for its earth friendliness or the plastic itself; if it was because it is earth friendly good deal just make a lot of clear baits!! LOL
04-26-2011 08:49 PM
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I like this plastic because it is more durable in my opinion then others. I am not aware of any "green" colorant nor have I heard that the colorant has any Phthalates in them. Phthalates is the main issue here to me. "There are estimates that as much as 20 million pounds of soft plastic are being lost in freshwater lakes and streams annually in the U.S. The average life expectancy for soft plastic lures is more than 200 years."

"Why Are Phthalates Dangerous?
Shown to damage the liver, kidneys, lungs and reproductive systems in animal studies, phthalates can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled. Scientists at government agencies in both the U.S. and Canada agree that exposure to the chemicals could cause a wide range of health and reproductive problems in people."
04-26-2011 01:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Beer980
They do make a Lee pot for plastic but I have heard mixed reviews on it. Things like leaky valve, not stable heat and hard to clean if I remember. You can buy soft, medium or hard plastic plus you can add hardener or softener to any of these. Most people use medium because you can adjust up or down with the additives if you want to go outside the box. Senkos add salt to their bait and that will affect your color a little. I am not a big fan of salt so I don't use it unless it is requested. For plastics there are several companies and most people settle on a favorite brand. Ask them for a sample so you can see how it compares from brand to brand. I prefer to use "Green" plastic so my favorite is from LC. Based on my experience I do not like M-F plastic at all.
why do you like this plastic over the others? are you using "green" colorant so that the finished product is "green" as well? if not it kinda defeats the purpose of "green"? not knocking you or nothing just curious is all!!
04-26-2011 12:10 PM
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I use Calhoun Medium

01-22-2011 10:15 AM
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Thanks for the help.
01-22-2011 08:35 AM
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Originally Posted by bassin101mg
Im just doing my home pours. Not gone sell any. If I get 1gal to try and I want the plastic to be softer how much softener will I need? What im trying to say is does it take a lot are do you just add small amounts of it? the heat stabilizer on reheats. If not added will the plastic burn?
You only need a couple tablespoons per cup... example would be the standard stick bait fornula is 1 cup plastic and 1/4 cup of softener then of course a 1/2 cup of salt is added. With this stick formula there is a 1/4 cup softener used to ofset how firm the salt will make the mixture. Without salt, a teaspoon or two of softener per cup would be fine.
You can use heat stablizer if you wish. It does help keep the plastic from yellowing... but if you monitor your temp and keep your plastic stirred you wont need it.. especially if you are only heating small quantities at a time.
01-22-2011 08:34 AM
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Thats what Im looking for. speed. I dont have time to spend hours pouring baits.
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