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Soft Plastic Bait Making => Soft Plastic and Plastic Baits - How To??? => Topic started by: hawgthumper on 09/26/20 12:31 UTC

Title: Adding softener
Post by: hawgthumper on 09/26/20 12:31 UTC
A friend gave me a gallon of saltwater plastic and I want to soften it to either a medium or a soft formula. Any idea how much softener I need to add to get there?
Title: Re: Adding softener
Post by: ctom on 09/26/20 14:03 UTC
I'd start with 8 ounces. When I softened Essential plastic in 5 gallon pails I'd add a full quart of softener. But since this isn't Essential and a salt water formula I'd add the softener in steps and test after each step.
Title: Re: Adding softener
Post by: hawgthumper on 09/26/20 15:03 UTC
I'd start with 8 ounces. When I softened Essential plastic in 5 gallon pails I'd add a full quart of softener. But since this isn't Essential and a salt water formula I'd add the softener in steps and test after each step.
Thanks Tom. That’s about what I was thinking.
Title: Re: Adding softener
Post by: BareKnuckleJigs on 09/26/20 16:07 UTC
From hard/saltwater to regular/medium, add roughly 10% softener, say, 1 oz softener to 9 ounces hard to get 10 ounces of regular.

Double the softener to get soft, roughly 20% of the end amount.

As always, add a little extra stabilizer whenever adding hardener or softener because those additives don't come with stabilizer.
Title: Re: Adding softener
Post by: hawgthumper on 09/26/20 18:27 UTC
From hard/saltwater to regular/medium, add roughly 10% softener, say, 1 oz softener to 9 ounces hard to get 10 ounces of regular.

Double the softener to get soft, roughly 20% of the end amount.

As always, add a little extra stabilizer whenever adding hardener or softener because those additives don't come with stabilizer.
Thanks BKJ