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Jigs, Spinnerbaits and Sinkers => Painting and Finishing Lures => Topic started by: andrewlamberson on 06/14/17 10:51 UTC

Title: Clean jig eyes using shrink tube
Post by: andrewlamberson on 06/14/17 10:51 UTC
I admit I am "clean eye challenged" when powder painting jigs. I've tried a variety of pliers to cover the eyes which work fairly well...IF there is enough room in the jar or fluid bed. But...!

I've been testing using shrink tube over the eye of the hook which shrinks around the eye as I'm heating the jig to put into the powder paint. After applying the powder paint and a quick dip in water to cool the jig,  the shrink tube is still soft enough to quickly scrape/pull off with my finger nail. The jig in the picture is the Do-it Shake It jig with screw lock. I love using this jig with 4.5" and 6" worms and creature baits.

http://store.do-itmolds.com/Shake-It-Jig-wScrew-LocbrSz-116-18-316-14-516-38brHk-604brCollar-None_p_725.html

I make sure there is a small gap between the tube and the jig. The closes up even more when the tubing shrinks around the eye.

(http://custombaits.com/gallery/medium_274-140617100527.jpeg)

Ready for the oven with perfectly clean eyes!! The rack is the "jig clamps" from http://www.tjstackle.com/  A MUST HAVE!!!
(http://custombaits.com/gallery/medium_274-140617100849.jpeg)
Title: Re: Clean jig eyes using shrink tube
Post by: Mike J on 06/14/17 11:08 UTC
Great info.  I've been thinking about trying to keep the paint out of the eyes because that powder can be a pain to clean out.  I think I'm going to try this next time I paint. Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Clean jig eyes using shrink tube
Post by: MT204 on 06/14/17 11:31 UTC
Just don't get the heat shrink tubing with the adhesive.   
Title: Re: Clean jig eyes using shrink tube
Post by: Lamar on 06/14/17 14:58 UTC
  Nifty idea. When making shaky heads I just use a fluid bed and a fast swish. Rarely do I have eyes close up on me.
Title: Re: Clean jig eyes using shrink tube
Post by: Denny Welch on 06/14/17 23:21 UTC
Leave it to the smart guys to come up with simple solutions.  Thanks Andy (and Lamar).
Title: Re: Clean jig eyes using shrink tube
Post by: superharmonix on 06/15/17 13:24 UTC
I use the heat shrink method as well, but I do not dip on water.  I have a pliers dedicated for pulling the heat shrink right after powder painting and the spent heat shrink goes in the trash.  My cost per jig on the heat shrink is less than a quarter of one cent this way.
Title: Re: Clean jig eyes using shrink tube
Post by: Mike J on 06/15/17 14:07 UTC
Do you guys have a good source to buy the heat shrink in bulk?
Title: Re: Clean jig eyes using shrink tube
Post by: superharmonix on 06/15/17 15:57 UTC
Ebay!  Cheap!
Title: Re: Clean jig eyes using shrink tube
Post by: 2XL on 06/15/17 17:01 UTC
Cool. I HATE paint in my jig eyes. What size is that shrink tube ? 1/8" ?
Title: Re: Clean jig eyes using shrink tube
Post by: superharmonix on 06/15/17 18:04 UTC
I use 1/8inch.  Most heat shrink tubing will shrink to 50% its size.
Title: Re: Clean jig eyes using shrink tube
Post by: Mike J on 06/15/17 18:33 UTC
Awesome thanks. I'm gonna get me some.
Title: Re: Clean jig eyes using shrink tube
Post by: 2XL on 06/15/17 18:42 UTC
Thanks. I just ordered some. LOL
Title: Re: Clean jig eyes using shrink tube
Post by: andrewlamberson on 06/15/17 18:45 UTC
I used 3mm which is approximately 1/8 mm which is approximately 1/8 inch.

It was a bit of a tight fit on the 5/0 hooks, easy on for the 3/0  Mustad 32798 BLN
Title: Re: Clean jig eyes using shrink tube
Post by: superharmonix on 06/15/17 21:42 UTC
...and here's a link to a thread a couple months ago on more of this:  http://custombaits.com/index.php?topic=9846.msg76286#msg76286 (http://custombaits.com/index.php?topic=9846.msg76286#msg76286)

If anyone wants to just try it first before buying 100 or 500 or 1000 feet from ebay, you can go down to your local hardware store and buy a small amount.  I found the easiest and fastest way to be to use a heat gun for heating the jig, then the jig with the heat shrink, then dip in powderpaint, then pull off spent heat shrink, done.  My heat gun hasa hard time standing up right, so I simply clamp the bottom of it to point where I want.

Title: Re: Clean jig eyes using shrink tube
Post by: Shaunm81 on 06/16/17 01:18 UTC
Good stuff there andrew.  Would one of those racks fit in a small toaster oven?  Might have to pick me up one of those.  Any idea of shrink tubing size id need for the 570 hook eyes? Its definitely getting old having to get that paint off the eyes while im powder coating.
Title: Re: Clean jig eyes using shrink tube
Post by: andrewlamberson on 06/16/17 07:35 UTC
Yes, the racks fit into toaster ovens. I suspect they designed them specifically for toaster ovens.

Take a couple sizes of hooks with you to the hardware store to give it a visual test fit. At $2 a package (which will last for a LOT of hooks!) You can probably afford a couple sizes!  Remember that the tubing shrinks 50% so the small size will work on some pretty tiny hooks.
Title: Re: Clean jig eyes using shrink tube
Post by: ctom on 06/16/17 08:02 UTC
Powder paint in hook eyes isn't only hard to clean out, but if left until after heat curing the paint can leave almost invisible, extremely sharp-eged shards in the area of the eye of hooks. Line can get cut pretty quick, especially small and light line weight monos and braid. I was having one heck of a time with a new head getting the knot to hold when I cinched it up tight until a took a real close look and found a small sliver of cured paint still stuck to the hook's eye in the area where the line tightened. I've also have had new line cut off in the middle of the knot while bringing a fish in and suspect that cured paint residue was the culprit.

So Andy.....I make tons of jigs on size 8 and six hooks.....what size shrink tube should I shop for? All I ever see is stuff for big wire.
Title: Re: Clean jig eyes using shrink tube
Post by: Mike J on 06/16/17 08:23 UTC
Tom I saw some stuff on ebay that was 5/128" about 1 mm that should work on some pretty small stuff I would think.
Title: Re: Clean jig eyes using shrink tube
Post by: ctom on 06/16/17 09:00 UTC
Mike...if you get back to that site, cut/paste a link to the stuff here for me. Thanks bud!
Title: Re: Clean jig eyes using shrink tube
Post by: Mike J on 06/16/17 10:20 UTC
http://m.ebay.com/itm?itemId=201849884138 (http://m.ebay.com/itm?itemId=201849884138)
Title: Re: Clean jig eyes using shrink tube
Post by: andrewlamberson on 06/16/17 15:34 UTC
The smallest size heat shrink that my store (Fleet Farm) sells is 3/32" (2.4mm). The smallest Mustad 570 I have is a #6 and the largest is a 3/0 and I was able to get it to work on both, but they were clearly the smallest and largest that it would work on!

(http://custombaits.com/gallery/medium_274-160617152805.jpeg)
Title: Re: Clean jig eyes using shrink tube
Post by: ctom on 06/16/17 15:39 UTC
Thanks guys. I'll hit Fleet Farm this weekend and get a package to try. If it works well for me I'll do the ebay thing.
Title: Re: Clean jig eyes using shrink tube
Post by: Mike J on 06/16/17 17:00 UTC
Yep I'm gonna try it and see how I like it before I buy a bunch.  Thanks for showing how it fit's on those sizes Andrew.
Title: Re: Clean jig eyes using shrink tube
Post by: 2XL on 06/16/17 17:57 UTC
Thanks for taking the time to show and tell Andrew.
Title: Re: Clean jig eyes using shrink tube
Post by: Apdriver on 06/17/17 07:52 UTC
I read about someone using Teflon tube to cover his hook eye for this purpose, also. Haven't tried it but Teflon works great for base pins.
Title: Re: Clean jig eyes using shrink tube
Post by: efishnc on 06/17/17 23:10 UTC
Brilliant!

Title: Re: Clean jig eyes using shrink tube
Post by: 2XL on 06/24/17 17:08 UTC
I painted up a dozen or so jigs today using shrink tube on the eyes and it worked out great.  It adds a step or two to your jig making session but it's well worth it to me NOT to have to mess around with paint in the eyes. I was using 1/0 hooks and the 1/8 was a little too big so I went to the hardware store and picked up some 3/32" tube. That size was just about perfect. Thanks for tuning me in to this stuff Andrew. 
Title: Re: Clean jig eyes using shrink tube
Post by: Mike J on 06/24/17 19:45 UTC
I agree it adds a,step but we'll worth it.  I've painted 100 this way in the last couple days and i couldn't be happier with this method.
Title: Re: Clean jig eyes using shrink tube
Post by: Bucho on 12/24/17 15:23 UTC
Dipping clogues the eyes; brush-tapping doesn`t. So I dip it only 2/3rd into the fluid bed and brush-tap the top.
Title: Re: Clean jig eyes using shrink tube
Post by: Fishermanbt on 12/24/17 17:48 UTC
This shrink tub stuff has to be easier than busting eyes out. Thanks for the idea. If looking for a multi size pack you might give this a try.
https://m.harborfreight.com/127-piece-heat-shrink-tubing-set-67524.html
I have 2 of these boxes now. Works great when making up anchor lines or with paracord in the kayak so the ends don’t fray.