Reel Repair by Alan Tani

Fishing => Fishing Tips and Techniques => Topic started by: alantani on June 27, 2019, 07:29:06 AM



Title: fixing swim baits with a soldering iron
Post by: alantani on June 27, 2019, 07:29:06 AM
https://youtu.be/LSdfwTOtVgo


Title: Re: fixing swim baits with a soldering iron
Post by: foakes on June 27, 2019, 07:35:00 AM
Excellent tip and video, Alan!

Thanks!

Best,

Fred


Title: Re: fixing swim baits with a soldering iron
Post by: Dominick on June 27, 2019, 08:47:05 AM
Amazing.  Fixing something without using duct tape.  Wow!   ::)  Dominick


Title: Re: fixing swim baits with a soldering iron
Post by: jurelometer on June 27, 2019, 10:33:57 AM
In case you want to save your soldering iron for soldering,  the tip of an old table knife or any thin piece of steel can be heated over a flame.   Stainless works well, as it holds heat for a long time.  Plastisol  starts to gel around 150F,  and fully liquifies somewhere around 325,  and starts smoking  somewhere around 360, varying a bit by formula.   It  hardens back to the original state at room temp.  Some folks even remelt and recast old soft plastics.

The blade method works well for inserting into  a deep tear, so more of the damage is repaired.  A blade also works nicer for smoothing the surface.   In a pinch while out fishing,  you can heat a old knife with a lighter.  As mentioned above, it does not need to get very hot,  just up to gel temp.   

Be careful when handling melted areas.  Melted plastisol makes horrific napalm style burns.  And if smoke is coming off, it is too hot and the plastic is releasing toxic fumes (hydrogen chloride among others).  I would expect that a soldering iron without a temp control is running way too hot, so as Alan mentioned, you need to stay away from any fumes. 

-J


Title: Re: fixing swim baits with a soldering iron
Post by: oc1 on June 27, 2019, 12:08:59 PM
Good one Alan.  Thank you.
-steve


Title: Re: fixing swim baits with a soldering iron
Post by: Bill B (Tarfu) on June 27, 2019, 02:18:35 PM
Ive tried this with a soldering iron with varying degrees of success, I like the knife idea and will try that next....Bill


Title: Re: fixing swim baits with a soldering iron
Post by: happyhooker on June 27, 2019, 05:07:18 PM
A twist on the same idea: set up the iron so it stands vertically (maybe held in a small vise); wrap a piece of metal wire, maybe 1/8" dia. or so, around the tip of the iron before you plug it in, leaving a length of the wire standing vertically; you then have two hands free to manipulate the worm/swim tail, curly tail, etc. against the hot wire.

Frank


Title: Re: fixing swim baits with a soldering iron
Post by: bhale1 on June 27, 2019, 07:16:36 PM
.......newbie question....does Super Glue work??? Thought i saw a guy using it on a party boat one time.
Brett


Title: Re: fixing swim baits with a soldering iron
Post by: jurelometer on June 28, 2019, 12:14:37 AM
.......newbie question....does Super Glue work??? Thought i saw a guy using it on a party boat one time.
Brett
Sort of.   Melting works better.   Some folks also use CA glue (super glue) to stick the swimbait to the jig head, so it doesn't get pulled back by a bite or by trolling.


Title: Re: fixing swim baits with a soldering iron
Post by: smnaguwa on June 28, 2019, 04:15:06 AM
I use a line cutter. Easy to clean.


Title: Re: fixing swim baits with a soldering iron
Post by: Gfish on June 28, 2019, 09:24:52 AM
Good one! I been foregoin plastics in favor of fur n' fearthers cause a the damage. Look out 'cudas n' snappers, here I come!
Here's my latest time-consuming, labor-intensive repair.


Title: Re: fixing swim baits with a soldering iron
Post by: MarkT on June 28, 2019, 11:10:22 AM
Super glue to repair plastics and get them to stay on the lead head.